Jeff Larson, a prominent Republican consultant and the chief executive of the local host committee for the Republican National Convention, paid for Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe. It’s no shock that the clothes will be given to charity after the election as why would Sarah Palin wear them twice? Let alone claim $150,000 USD as income only to pay tax on it?
Sarah Palin did need a new wardrobe and hair and make-up are an essential part of any make over. In September and October make-up artist Amy Strozzi earned about $36,000 and her hair stylist Angela Lew earned $19,000. It’s true the rates sound high and they are, but travelling with a politician or any A-lister is demanding work, your life isn’t your own.
Here she is before:
Here she is after:
The big question is has it worked? Palin’s dressed simply and looks professional and still looks nondescript. Now that anyone can dress like her, how many more people can relate to her?
Has the focus on the clothes/fashion been intentional, is it meant to be a distraction from her political views? Have we forgotten that she’s a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, opposes abortion and was runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty contest in 1984? I actually like the beauty queen part. Now that she’s had the makeover do we feel she’s one of us (well not me or you, but somebody else, a neighbour, a teacher)?
This is hilarious! A reporter asks the Venezuelan Interior Minister if it isn’t a contradiction to speak against capitalism while wearing Gucci and Louis Vuitton…his reaction is priceless.
[source, includes a translation]
Versace says Hillary Clinton should ditch
the trousers (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should tap into her
feminine side and wear dresses and skirts instead of trousers, fashion designer
Donatella Versace was quoted as saying on Thursday "I can understand
(trousers) are comfortable but she’s a woman and she is allowed to show that,"
Versace told Germany’s weekly newspaper Die Zeit in an interview. "She
should treat femininity as an opportunity and not try to emulate masculinity in
politics," Versace said. Skirts should reach to the knee and be worn with
a short jacket or coat, she said. The best colour would be black rather than
the blue Clinton
currently favours, she added. "I admire her for her determination, which
will hopefully take her to the White House," Versace told the paper.
I agree with Donatella. Hillary would look
great in a skirt and matching coat, it would still look formal,
approachable and presidential. Some companies didn’t allow women to wear
trousers to work and when they did, trousers had to be worn with a matching
suit jacket, exactly like a man’s suit. So was this progress, well it’s was at the time. North Americans are more partial to trousers but would you be more likely to wear a skirt to an interview? Europeans
dress and North Americans dress can really feel worlds apart. British women
wear heels with skirts, dresses & jeans, they show more cleavage and just
aren’t afraid of being girly. Not to say Hillary should
dress more girly/feminine, but what is the best way for her to dress to win the
election? What should be heard first? Her politics or her fashion sense? Well
of course her politics, but could a change in her dress help her win votes in middle America? Maybe
not, but maybe? Going to rallies and meeting voters who dress in
sweaters, t-shirts and jeans (normal every day functional clothes), would a
dress be considered too formal, even unapproachable? Probably. Hillary Clinton
is an approachable person and her dress sense has to be understood to her
voter. One of the things that I think she does quite well is her use of
jewellery. Jewellery can create personal style right way. Back to the skirt
& dress coat, which of course is a win win look.Of
course the question of double standards arises. Is Hillary under greater
scrutiny about her dress/fashion sense? Well of course she is? Is it fair? No!
Does it matter? Yes and no and yes. Fashion is a language and we can use it to convey
something about our selves. There hasn’t been a US female president so for some reason we have to wonder what does a female
president look like? Just
in case you didn’t think there were any example of Women Prime Ministers and
Presidents in the 20th Century.