U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and I have a lot in common. We’re both in Buenos Aires for the inauguration of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s new president. Now, I’m not too sure about her politics, but I like her a lot more than Hillary Cloneton. Cristina Fernández has so much more style than her Estadounidense counterparts.
What’s a president to wear? If you’re male, it’s easy: a suit. But for women, the decision is far more difficult. A dress for success suit just doesn’t cut it. And then there’s the matter of coming up with a color that doesn’t clash with the sash.
Cristina wore an off-white lace coat with a princess collar and three-quarter length sleeves over a plain sheath of the same color. It was an absolutely perfect mix, matching the formality of the occasion without heading over to the Mother of the Bride department.
At the moment she was being sworn in, I was at the atelier of Susi Hammer, trying on a coat of red and green Italian linen, finally finding a designer whose idea of style matched mine. I had absolutely no idea how moda light coats were.
Tonight as I watch the festivities on television from my apartment in Recoleta, I’d like to think that Argentina’s new president has set the standard for what women who’re president are supposed to wear.