What Madeleine Albright did next

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright. Image by Vanessa Friedman.

Maybe, by watching the world’s most fashionable First Ladies, we’ve all been paying attention to the wrong high-profile women, at least as far as clothes go. Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, put in a surprise appearance at Vera Wang, and as far as I am concerned, she left fellow celeb guests Serena Williams and Beyonce in the shade.

Ms Albright wore a black top and black leather skirt, and instead of one of her famous pins (the semiology of which she deconstructed in a book, Read My Pins: Stories From A Diplomat’s Jewellery Box), a gold chain necklace. She looked great, and added a certain mystique to Ms Wang’s show, which mixed waffle cotton sports-inspired tops with peplums and ultra-romantic trailing chiffon skirts and was not exactly the kind of thing one would imagine wearing to a negotiation.

Maybe Ms Albright is indulging in a little sartorial freedom. She could open up a whole new demographic of customers for Ms Wang: politicians who have joined the private sector! There’s a market there, I can feel it.