It is a fact well known that Hillary Clinton is a big fan of Ralph Lauren, especially for her presidential campaign. Ralph Lauren has dressed her for every major campaign event in the last two years, starting with the ensemble in cobalt blue for a Roosevelt Island campaign rally in June 2015, and including the ivory suit she wore to the Democratic National Convention, as well as the red, navy, and white pant suits she opted for at the three presidential debates.
She adopted a patriotic style by cleverly dressing in red, white and blue suits, which were all by quintessential American designer Ralph Lauren for all three Democratic National Conventions.
Queen of the Pantsuit, for Hillary Clinton, dressing for this election was all in the details, though she’s been sticking to her staple coat-and-trousers look throughout the race!
After the nomination, she’s upgraded the designers she wears, opting for high-end European labels, and hired a team of image experts that includes former Michelle Obama aide Kristina Schake, who’s been tasked with shaping her style. She’s even worked with makeup artist Barbara Lacy.
Apparently, HIllary Clinton follows a long line of politicians who’ve spent a lot of many out of their pockets on a campaign wardrobe. As no designers are actively promoting that she’s wearing their labels, something that probably wouldn’t happen if she were getting the wardrobe for publicity, it’s a good chance she is paying for everything. She’s likely spent at least $200,000 on new clothes to wear during the campaign trail.
Even the now elected President of United States, Donald Trump, is known for wearing Brioni suits, which cost upward of $7,000 each.
Now, for her concession speech, things are different, in terms of colors she’s chosen. She still opted for a Ralph Lauren pant suit, a bright purple of her lapels and silk charmeuse blouse accenting charcoal gray wool flannel. Behind her, stood Bill Clinton, who wore a tie to match her outfit and supporting her, no matter what.
Now, why purple, one would ask? According to Vogue, because of its rarity, it became a symbol of nobility, wealth, and power. It is associated with magic, the supernatural, and spirituality. It’s also considered a color of mourning. The suffragists wore purple, representing dignity, along with white (purity) and green (hope). Purple is also the color you get when you combine the blue of the Democrats and the red of the Republicans.
In the United States, purple has the following meanings :
- is the official color of the Veterans Party of America which is a centrist constitutional based party with a mix of the dominate two parties colors. Also based on the color of the Purple Heart Medal.
- is also the color of social democratic Vermont Progressive Party.
- is also unofficially used to denote a “swing state” (i.e., one contested frequently between the Republican Party, whose unofficial color is red, and the Democratic Party, whose unofficial color is blue.)
- is also used by centrists to represent a combination of beliefs belonging to the Republicans (red) and the Democrats (blue).
- it has also been used to reference Purple America, a term used in contrast to “blue” or “red”, noting the electoral differences nationwide are observed more on discrepancies instead of unity.
Purple is often associated with feminism and, when combined with black, is often used to represent anarcha-feminism.