This morning, we learned that Bill Clinton won’t accept an award from your organization unless you also offer him a cool half million for the Clinton Foundation — and it doesn’t matter if your organization is doing the Lord’s work of helping victims of the Indonesian tsunami, either, as supermodel Petra Nemcova found out when she tried to book the former President for her Happy Hearts Fund benefit, and offering him a lifetime achievement award that you present. In order to gladly and generously accept an award for his years of service to the cause of global relief, Bill Clinton wouldn’t set foot on the stage for less than a $500,000 donation to a family fund that mostly keeps his family in posh NYC penthouses.
Hillary Clinton, of course, makes her own six-figure-per-speech stipend, but the bigger question is, aside from splashing out millions on helping Chelsea make a home for herself in Manhattan and pretending to employ huge staffs of philanthropists in “careers” helping the starving and destitute, what, exactly, do the Clintons spend their money on? Well, for Hillary, it’s a wardrobe. Turns out, those signature pantsuits don’t come cheap.
As Hillary Clinton graces stage after stage during her 2016 presidential campaign, she’s sure to be wearing her signature look: the pantsuit.
Her campaign has even made light of her penchant for pantsuits by selling a t-shirt version of the trademark style. You can buy the “Everyday Pantsuit Tee” for $30.
The real thing will cost you a tad more, up to $1,400.
Jackets by designer Nina McLemore—who has sold Clinton many a pantsuit, according to Politico—will set buyers back between $500 and $1,000. Pants cost about $400.
Now, honestly, that’s not that much, in the world of designer custom-made clothing. Michelle Obama, whose wardrobe journalists mysteriously stopped covering a couple of years ago, frequently wears dresses from designer collections that cost twice as much. There was a period of time where Michelle was wearing cardigans designed by the now-deceased girlfriend of Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, that were, at minimum, $2000 each. Nina McLemore’s designs are also not terribly “exclusive,” like many of the brands found in Michelle Obama’s closet. They are the preferred suits of female CEOs and law partners the country over, and have been for quite some time. The suits are deliberately accessible, and are designed to showcase a financially savvy image that McLemore says the clients of the women she designs for appreciate. They suits are also made with an executive’s lifestyle in mind. So they’re practical, but not fussy.
Interestingly enough, Clinton isn’t alone in her high-end fashion choice. Elizabeth Warren, the inventor of power to the people rhetoric and supposed progressive guru of the Clinton campaign, is also a big fan, as is Janet Yellen and other members of Congress who appreciate owning clothing that says they are both looking to party but also looking to be able to sit down for long periods of time. You will notice all of the mentioned women do share the same taste in haircuts as well.
By the way, those “Everyday Pantsuit” shirts are on sale, in case you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the men in your life you’ve lost all respect for. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll look as good on them as they do on John Podesta.
Heaven help us.