Ann Romney's Oscar de la Renta dress raises eyebrows
The fire-truck red Oscar de la Renta dress Ann Romney wore during her keynote speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention undoubtedly fit the party's fashion profile, but her choice of designer has raised suspicion there may have been an anti-Obama rationale to her decision.
Michelle Obama, for the uninitiated, has never donned a de la Renta number during her stint as First Lady. She wore a turquoise Maria Pinto dress during her 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
De la Renta, an American designer and longtime go-to for past First Ladies, hasn't shied away from criticizing Obama's wardrobe choices over the past four years. In 2009, he lambasted Obama, who prefers lesser-known designers, for consistently choosing European outfitters over American ones and, later, for wearing a sweater to meet Queen Elizabeth II.
Two years later he swiped at her choice of Alexander McQueen for a state dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao:
“My understanding,” de la Renta told Women's Wear Daily, “is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?”
For what it's worth, Obama has worn outfits designed by de la Renta's son Moises.
Nevertheless, could Romney's $1,990 dress (or was it $2,490?) have been a political statement, a jab at Obama's affinity for European designers and failure to recognize an American fashion icon who has dressed Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton?
Or, maybe she just liked the cut.