Saturday 10 December 2016

Let ladies of politics style their power

There's no denying that fashion gets women noticed - but if that's the case, let it be for the right reasons

Sophie Donaldson

Published 23/10/2016 | 02:30

US First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, at the Obamas' final state dinner at the White House on Tuesday. Ms Obama has been praised for her style during her time as First Lady Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty
US First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, at the Obamas' final state dinner at the White House on Tuesday. Ms Obama has been praised for her style during her time as First Lady Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Last week brought the seminal moments of this murky chapter in American politics; a third and final antagonistic and sometimes brutal presidential debate, the Obamas hosting their final state dinner and Donald Trump managing a full seven days without a misogynistic, sexually explicit gaffe.

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If that wasn't enough, US Vogue, for the first time in its history, endorsed a presidential candidate by announcing its support for Mrs Clinton. While previous editors have been publicly supportive of politicians and current editor Anna Wintour has been a long-time supporter of Hillary, it's the first time the magazine has spoken in a unified voice in favour of one candidate.

As editor of US Vogue and artistic director of Conde Nast, Wintour's significance in modern popular culture is immeasurable; those foolish enough to cast her aside as simply a denizen of Planet Fashion are probably unaware that she has at the very least dictated what they are wearing today.

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