Why the pantsuits work for Hillary and the woman behind them
Hillary Clinton came to town yesterday decked out in her trademark pantsuit. This one was bright orange. It looked pretty good.
I’m not ready to run for office or even call myself middle age. I might live to be 100. My dad is 92 and still working. But I think it's time to consider the merits of the pantsuit. Hillary has all the stylists and wardrobes options possible, so pantsuits can’t be all one-liners.
New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman said in January the basic pantsuits allow Clinton to avoid making distracting fashion statements. What she’s saying is much more important than what she’s wearing.
Amen. But I think Clinton does flaunt some flair here and there in her popsicle colored pantsuits and the occasional long jacket that actually doesn’t match her pants.
After perusing Harper's Bazaar recent post with 74 Hillary Clinton wardrobe photos I found that every one of her jackets hits her at the hips or lower. This is key.
Waist-length jackets and cardigans “tend to shorten your body while long, hip-grazing versions make torsos seem long,” Glamour said in a post on how to dress thin. It also says we can “lose five pounds” by wearing the same color from head to toe.
Many of Clinton’s pantsuits are designed by Susanna Chung Forest, though I can neither confirm or deny if the one she wore to 3 Daughter’s Brewing and the Coliseum yesterday was by the Beverly HIlls designer.
Forest is interesting. She's owned Susanna Beverly Hills for 40 years, has a mannequin made to Clinton’s measurements in her workshop as well as a photo album filled with photos of the candidate wearing her pantsuits. Forest has been designing for Clinton since they met at a California fundraiser in 2007, according to a 2008 article in the L.A. Times.
A native of Korea, Forest broke into fashion designing clothes for Moonlighting, the Love Boat, Hotel and Heart to Heart. Please excuse me for five days while I go binge watch the most dreamy, elegant television ever created. (You couldn’t cut the romantic tension between Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd with a concrete chainsaw.)
After dressing detectives, cruise directors and the dashing guests of San Francisco’s Fairmont, Forest went out on her own to design for celebrities and Fortune 500 executives. Clients include include Jane Krakowski, Candy Spelling, Barbara Streisand, Judge Judy and Carol Burnett.
There are no prices listed on Susannahbh.com. Because, if you have to ask…
A New York post story says her prices start at $6,000.
Clinton has been criticized for wearing pricey clothes. That’s clearly true. She’s also been criticized for wearing clothes made overseas just as she has said of Trump. Susanna Beverly HIlls clothing is all made in California according to the company.
For a much cheaper Hillary pantsuit look, the candidate's campaign shop is offering the Every Day Pantsuit T-shirt for $30. (Pants not included.)