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.