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Rep. Weiner’s Wife Has Fabulous Style

Yup. I am doing what any smart communications professional in the world of politics should do, capitalize on the hot topic of the press cycle…

Let’s set aside the current Rep. Weiner scandal for a moment, and focus on the one thing I could not help but notice when I was digging for information on his wife, Huma Abedin. This woman has absolutely friggin’ amazing style! Continue reading

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Fashion in Politics Making the History Books

Norman Norell Fall 1968 Collection

Our first lady has made political fashion history! How you ask? Tomorrow’s TNT ‘Christmas in Washington’ broadcast (taped on December 12) Michelle is rocking a vintage 1950s black lace dress by one of America’s greatest designers, Norman Norell (picture at the bottom of the post). Norman Norell (1900-1972) is known for his fitted suits and structured dresses (see picture to the right), and is known around the world as one of the best American designers of our time. You are still thinking, ‘but how is this history?’ New York Vintage (where Michelle – or her stylist- found this gem of a dress) co-owner Jon Schneck has your answer:

“[This is] truly an historic event, as this may be the first time a First Lady has worn a vintage dress. We are truly honored that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture.”

Can you believe it? History making fashion… in politics! After discovering this amazing turn of events in a Huffington Post article written by one of their ‘style editors’, I knew I had to share it with you all.

Notice how this isn’t being mocked (at least yet) by the press and it’s a woman of power making a statement with her clothing choice. The First Lady’s patriotic choice (picking an American designer for Christmas) is not only politically correct, but fashionably correct. Her fabulous dress will now go down in history, and there is more vintage to come according to the boutique co-owner:

Other dresses from the archive have been scheduled for use by the First Lady later this year.

Kirstin Davis in vintage Norman Norell

Celebrities have worn vintage Norell before, like Kristin Davis (best known for playing Charlotte in Sex and the City – see picture left) at a London Premiere, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many more but vintage couture has never been done by a First Lady.

So I am thrilled to be able to say… that it IS possible for a woman to be in the political realm, love fashion, and combine the two! Michelle Obama has been breaking barriers for the fashionistas of the political world, and slowly other women are following suit. Dressing feminine does not make you any less of a politician or politico, don’t be afraid to try something new with your wardrobe and don’t think that you need to hide your love for fashion to make it up the ranks of politics. If our very own First Lady can take a risk with her wardrobe choices, someone who is constantly photographed and watched, you can too!

To motivate yourself to try something new, watch ‘Christmas in Washington’ (and history in the making) tomorrow on TNT at 8/7c.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Christmas in Washington Celebration

 

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“They’re these politician-woman shoes.”

I am sure, by now, most of you have read the New York Times article titled, “Blazing Campaign Trails in a Certain 3-Inch-Heel.”

There have been many takes on this article from “it is sexist” to “where do I get that shoe?!”

The infamous, $300 black-patent leather Kate Spade “Halle” wedges (see picture right) have been called the “it shoe,” “comfortable”, “shoes of a circle of younger women aspiring for power or already in it,” and “sexy.” All words you want your shoes to be affiliated with, right?

Well, there is one part of this article that caught me off guard…

I know. We, the news media, are not supposed to ask female candidates about their hairstyle or their choice of pantsuits over skirts or their shoes. It is irrelevant. It is trivializing. It is sexist. “You would never write about Chuck Schumer’s shoes,” Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand said in a New York magazine article in response to a question about her flats.

Why can’t you ask female candidates, or any female for that matter, about their choice of heels that day, or who does their hair? What is wrong with the fact that we have multiple decisions to make in the morning about what heels match our dress that day, or which accessories will scream “power,” as opposed to our male counterparts? Also, just because we don’t ask men what shoes they are wearing, doesn’t mean you can’t ask women. I was going to put a “it’s like saying…” corny example here, but I am going to restrain myself.

I guess my real question is, why can women only be successful or fashionable, and not both?

**I hope to dig deeper into this story. Including: a way you can get the Kate Spade wedges look for a price we can all afford, what is the DC power heel, and much more.

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