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This is now officially my favorite among her gowns. Gorgeous!

Hillary Clinton Was A Breath of Fresh Air at Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary Show
In an ice blue gown from the legendary designer, the stateswoman shined bright.

Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show brought out the all biggest and brightest stars. With Oprah, Blake Lively, Anne Hathaway, Pierce Brosnan, and countless others mulling around Central Park, one would think the evening’s best dressed would be of Hollywood royalty—not so! All were eclipsed by the presence of longtime Lauren fan, Hillary Clinton who arrived at the black tie dinner in an ice blue gown and sapphire earrings, an understated look befitting a seasoned stateswoman.

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Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, Anna Wintour, fashion icon nonpareil, showed us all how to wear it!  She did not say a political word, but on the New York based show a week before the huge primary, Anna showed her colors, her loyalty, and her friendship. Elegantly, she paired a light, Spring tweed suit with a Hillary Clinton tee topped with a gemstone necklace. We love it!  Rock on, Anna!

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You can get your own stylish Hillary tees at the Hillary shop.  Purchases count as donations.

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At the Golden Heart  Awards on October 16,  Michael Kors will present his inaugural award for Outstanding Community Service to Hillary Clinton who clearly needs a museum in which to store and display the many awards and honors she continues to collect.

Hillary Clinton Honoured By Michael Kors

01 August 2013 Sarah Karmali

Picture credit: PA

HILLARY CLINTON is to receive the first ever Michael Kors Award. The accolade is a new addition to the God’s Love We Deliver awards, handed out in recognition of outstanding community service.

“I am deeply honoured to present Mrs Clinton with this award that means so much to me,” Kors told WWD. “She is a dedicated and enormously effective humanitarian whose commitment to community service encompasses the whole planet. Thanks to her talent, devotion and unrelenting efforts on behalf of those with much less, she has improved millions of lives and helped lay the foundation for a better, more just world.”

The annual charity awards will take place this year on October 16 – World Food Day.

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Why Hillary Clinton Is Fashion’s Favorite Candidate

By Charlotte Cowles

Michael Kors announced today that he’ll present Hillary Clinton with his first-ever eponymous award for Outstanding Community Service at the annual Golden Heart Awards in October, WWD reports. This marks the second time this year that Clinton will come to New York for a fashion-heavy, celebrity-studded event on the arm of a renowned designer. In June, she was the star guest at the CFDAs, where she presented Oscar de la Renta with his Lifetime Achievement honor. That same night, Oscar blew up her spot while they were both onstage and announced, “Perhaps she wouldn’t like me to say this, but I think she’s going to be our next president.” The crowd then burst into applause while Clinton smiled awkwardly.

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If you are Hillary Clinton and receiving all of these awards, you simply have to get used to your friends telling you that you should be president.  Many of us have been saying that since 2008.

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Well, it is a blog, and it is my blog, so I can decide if a blog review of a magazine article is appropriate, and I have decided that, yup, it is!

It is clear that Jonathan Van Meter jumped into this Vogue assignment, not from the Beltway, but from an environment alien to it, which gives his report a kind of authenticity and objectivity of perspective we have rarely seen in text about the Secretary. He is not familiar with any of the players, not even the press corps, so everyone becomes part of his story which comprises her August trip to Africa, a nearly two-week jaunt, and an entire day at the UN General Assembly in New York, but commences at the State Department for planning purposes.

Van Meter takes us through what must have been a harrowing  ten-day series of negotiations wherein Barack Obama used every persuasive gene to get Hillary to accept Secretary of State while Hillary used every creative gene to resist. We know how it ended. As Van Meter reports, he pushed the right button. With Hillary, the right button is the patriotic one. Obama found it, and soon Hillary was on what I like to call HillForce One, and before too long, so was Jonathan.

He takes us country to country – the ones we visited here in August – to meetings with heads of state and officials, to encounters with the people, and in Africa, Hillary’s encounters with the people tend far more frequently to be love fests (that were not reported here much) than volatile (over-reported back home).

To Hillary, he is Jonathan, and she mothers him (and others traveling with her). Despite all she is dealing with, she takes the time to pay attention to Jonathan, and I get the impression it is not simply because she wants a positive article. I say that because of his recount of the press reaction to Bill Clinton’s trip to North Korea to rescue Laura and Euna. They are a unit and furious that Bill is seizing her moment. That kind of loyalty is not for show, and there must be a foundation for it. I submit that she mothers everybody the way she did Jonathan. And they love her for it.

There are so many quotable paragraphs, and so many have already been posted (including here) on the interwebs that when I read the full article, I realized I had read most of it already. This is a tribute to both the writer and the subject. They were a perfect combination, and one of my most treasured articles ever about Hillary Clinton is the result.

A few items that deserve specific notice are the ones that hurt my heart: Hillary going swimming alone in the morning in Cape Verde, and Hillary wondering what people thought of her before they met her when they say she is “prettier in person.” Can I tell you how badly I wanted to hug her  and tell her how stunningly dazzling she is?

I am not a journalism professor (so obviously do not know what I am talking about), but if I were, I would give Jonathan’s lovely article Ralphie’s A++++++++++++++++++++ and so on, all around the room!

You can read the full article here. I (for one) will be buying my own hard copy keepsake.

And, Hillary,  we think you are beautiful!

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Well, I was soooo scooped on this, and it did not take 4 hours for it to be flying all over the interwebs, that I have to post about it or people will think I do not know!  So here you go!  The Secretary of Style is the subject of the lead article in the December issue of Vogue.

The story is authored by Jonathan Van Meter who was embedded in the press corps on the Secretary’s extensive and important trip through Africa this past August.  He brings a fresh eye to the continuing saga of Hillary, and in doing so writes with an enthusiasm, clarity, and objectivity that so often are missing in stories about our lovely SOS.  You can access the story online, so generously provided by Vogue.  I, for one, will be laying out my bucks for the hard copy following my usual rule: read it where you cannot mess it up and treasure and preserve the glossy.

Here’s a short excerpt, and I shall tell you why I love it on the other side.

It is a dreary morning in early October in Washington, D.C., and perhaps because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wearing a black Oscar de la Renta suit on such a colorless day, she seems somber. I had trailed her for nearly two weeks this summer in Africa and then again in New York during the United Nations General Assembly, and I had grown accustomed to seeing her in the vivid suits she favors. Africa is nothing if not colorful, and so not only did bright red or teal or periwinkle seem situation-appropriate, but her clothes somehow matched her demeanor, which was almost uniformly cheerful. Sometimes the color/mood connection was made overt: One morning, as her motorcade arrived at the U.N. for a panel on violence against women and girls, she stepped out of a shiny black luxury sedan in a red suit and was met by Esther Brimmer, her Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, also wearing red. “Good morning, Esther,” said Clinton. “I see you got the color memo.”

Today’s memo? Not today. When she walks into one of the many grand diplomatic reception rooms on the eighth floor of “the Building,” as everyone calls the State Department, she is clutching a big mug of milky coffee and is wearing no makeup. She looks tired and cranky. She is about to tape three I’m-sorry-I-can’t-be-with-you-here-this-evening videos for events she can’t attend. This is obligatory drudge work, to be sure, but it’s drudgery that requires her to suck it up and find that extra gear: She must be on. Clinton says hello to the group—not her usual effervescent eye-popping hello but a barely mustered blanket nicety. She sits where she is told, facing a teleprompter, and her ever-present and very chic deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, hands her a small case filled with cosmetics. Holding a compact, Clinton puts on mascara, lipstick, blush, and a little powder. She yanks her jacket straight, affixes her mic, and signals she is ready by sitting up and staring directly into the camera. And—click!—just like that, the public Hillary appears: upbeat, reassuring, in control, wide awake, means business. She nails all three videos in one take. Done. Next.

All women who work together know about the odd tendency to arrive at work all dressed in the same color/s. We do not know why this happens, but it has become known as “the color memo” and there is usually a woman or two who did NOT receive the “color memo.” I LOVE that Hillary makes this remark so casually! She and Angela Merkel get each other’s color memos, I have noticed.

I KNEW it! It is not a make-up artist working for an hour on her face. It’s Hillary! And it’s minimal! I could see it at the NYU commencement, there was hardly any makeup there! I’m not saying she never has a make-up person, but she does do her own, doesn’t really need any, but she does it well. All women who sit in front of a mirror with a cup of coffee in the morning can wrap their arms around Hillary for this.

(Note to nitpickers: When is a noun, it is not hyphenated. When it is an adjective, it is.)

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