25 January 2008

Squarely on Team Hillary


Ahhh, Carla Bruni.

You've seduced a mogul, two rock legends, and now a President, this last conquest pushing one of the most socially liberal nations to the brink of something they haven't felt since the fallout of the Congress of Vienna in 1815 -- disapproval.

Leggy, effortlessly chic and talented chanteuse though you may be, when I look at you -all 5 feet, 10 inches of you- I can't help but think just how smart it was of your boyfriend (and his advisers, I'm sure) to keep you hidden in the country home during his tough campaign against Ségolène Royal last Spring.

That you're a siren of the highest physical and intellectual standards is nothing to be ashamed of, don't get me wrong, but when in the throes of a close election, you have to agree a candidate can't be taking chances by indulging publicly in what he thinks is acceptable knowing full well that that decision might influence voters -especially embittered, middle-aged female voters- to side with his opponent.

Inauguration first, supermodel girlfriend reveal second.

Now onto the little spat between Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Whether Hillary herself thinks wearing a series of $14,500 Haute Couture gowns in the pages of a glossy fashion magazine will render her "too feminine" really isn't the issue at hand. Frankly, for a woman who has spent her entire life over-achieving, over-working and over-compensating, I can't think of a person more deserving of a day of I-feel-pretty excess.

Excess, however, that can -and should- wait until after our very judgmental John Q. Public casts its collective vote in November.

Inauguration first, Dior second.

17 comments:

K said...

And third, Monte in an I Heart Hillary collar.

nyc admirer said...

Your affections have shifted from Katie to Bruni, I see. I approve fully.

Anonymous said...

I totes agree with you on Hillary. It's just not appropriate for someone in a political campaign. Afterwards, she can do as many of those things as she likes.

1 said...

I think it was a big mistake for her camp to release the "too feminine" reason though. She should've just said there was a schedule conflict or that she was busy covering up another one of Bill's infidelities ;)

elle said...

Or Dior *at* inauguration, perhaps.

Johanna said...

muwah.

gretchen in tampa said...

I'm on Team Bruni. Holy wow. And her music is pretty good too; your previous post prompted me to check it out.

maryanne said...

Even though I'm not a supporter of her as a candidate, I think she was smart to turn down Vogue. It wouldn't have played well in any demographic and the Sunday morning talk shows would have had a field day with the layout!

are those couture dresses really $14,500??

Anonymous said...

Hillary would look ridiculous in Dior.

dc stylist said...

I'm so thankful she did back out, or else we wouldn't have gotten to see the beautiful layout of Kate (Bosworth).

Anonymous said...

Hillary has already been in Vogue. She didn't back out for those reasons - that's Wintour spinning it. Senator Clinton can't stand her and their feud is well-known and long standing. Let's face it - Hillary was just on the Tyra Banks show (for obvious reasons). Everything she is doing is strategic - she gets nothing out of Vogue

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this on TMZ?

http://www.tmz.com/2008/01/25/youll-never-guess-who-the-hell-this-is/

Joanna said...

Oh I think Hilary would look amasing in Dior, and it will make people look and think about fashion in a whole new way.

With her strong emtional expressions, those intelligence in her eyes, her history as Hilary Clinton, and maybe a touch of photoshop to even out the skin tone, she will stand out like a force of Dior that we have never seen. Think: Gorbachev on Luis Vuitton. http://www.louisvuitton.com
The more you look at this ad, the more intriguing it is.

People like that give luxury weight, intrigue, and timelessness.
Jerry Seinfeld has said that the next best TV series is usually written by people who don't watch TV. I think when fashion is worn by people whose entire life is NOT about fashion, it is elevated to another realm of human ingenuity.

stuck in l.a. said...

The Kate Bosworth spread was stunning.

Of course everything Hillary is doing is strategic. It was immature and unprofessional for Anna to write what she wrote in that letter from the editor, in my opinion. Move on. Deal with it. Don't vote for her if you don't like her.

d g said...

Who cares what Anna Wintour thinks? her magazine is not near as good as Paris Vogue.
That said I am a huge fan of Hillary, I bet Miuccia Prada could make her a very nice pantsuit :)

Anonymous said...

Nice put, Johanna. "Inauguration first, Dior second." Hillary's presidential campaign has to be strictly business. Any time spent idly (or giving the appearance of time being spent idly) could result in her loss. This is not a risk that should be taken lightly.

JUST left of center said...

If I didn't know better, one of the most strident Bush supporters I've met, with a self-avowed geriatric-crush on one Richard Cheney, seems to have a soft-spot for a woman most OTHER Bush/Cheney supporters would as soon spit upon. That IS interesting...