Anna Wintour boosts Hillary Clinton for 2016
July 9th, 2013
03:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Anna Wintour boosts Hillary Clinton for 2016

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton, a self-described "pantsuit aficionado," got some ringing praise from perhaps the fashion industry's biggest voice.

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour expressed support for the former secretary of state and her potential presidential bid at an event Monday for designer Oscar de la Renta.

"I can only hope that all of you here in Little Rock will be celebrating her come November 2016," Wintour said, according to CNN affiliate KARK.

"Just as all of us, all of us at Vogue, look forward to putting on the cover the first female president of the United States," she continued, as she introduced the former first lady and U.S. senator from New York.

Hillary Clinton, widely considered the potential Democratic favorite in 2016, has not said whether she plans to launch another White House bid.

For her part, Wintour has become more of a political power player in recent years and became a major fundraiser for both of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. Her ties to Obama sparked rumors that she was up for a potential ambassadorship, but CNN did not confirm those reports and she remains in her top post at the magazine.

The Oscar de la Renta reception, held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, displayed several of the designer's famous pieces, including the teal pantsuit Clinton wore when first being sworn-in as U.S. senator in 2001.

De la Renta, 80, also designed Clinton's dress for one of her husband's inaugurations, as well as for a 1998 Vogue photoshoot–the first time a first lady appeared on the magazine's cover page.

The Clintons have remained close with de la Renta ever since, and the designer has been the mastermind behind many of Hillary Clinton's suits and gowns during her public service career.

"I never got to wear one of his dresses," former President Bill Clinton said. "But I have every day for many years worn the mantle of his friendship."

Last month, Hillary Clinton honored de la Renta at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America award ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center, where she jokingly pitched a show idea for Bravo: "Project Pantsuit."

She again offered more praise for the famed designer on Monday.

"It's not for me just about the clothes, although they're really spectacular, it's about what it means, the continuous effort to be as good as you can be," Clinton said.

A number or celebrities attended the event, including Barbara Walters and former Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley.

"I am overwhelmed at the fact that my very first retrospective happened to be at the President Clinton Library," de la Renta said.

Clinton was also in Little Rock Monday to attend the dedication of a new children's library named in her honor.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. mkat2

    Hillary; The Coup de Grace' for America..........!

    July 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Mattyc1210

    Yeah, no offense – but after this administration this democrat has gone republican.

    July 9, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Florida Joe

    Paul Brinkiman

    3gghead- Benghazi was Hillary's fault. Your ranting it wasn't her fault doesn't change the fact that she is responsible for the death of Americans. You a such a troll.
    And what about the death of 3000 at the World Trade Center that was Bush's responsibility and fault........

    July 9, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. smith

    Sorry libs, Hil-dogg will lose and Chris Christie will be our next president. Well, america will be celebrating no matter what..No more Obama.

    July 9, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. yolanda

    I could have sworn that Omar the Tent Maker designed her pantsuits.

    July 9, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. bdby

    Don't hold your breath, the American people are not going to easily forget Bengazi. I will vote for a dumb gorilla before I vote for her.

    July 9, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Des Perado

    Why yes I AM a psychiatrist, CNN…just lie down on that sofa and tell me why
    You persist in living in a Demwit menagerie and expect you’ll do so ‘til you die
    So you actually expect that Anna Wintour could give a political candidate a “boost”
    No—no—you’re not paranoid, CNN—you just have virtually all of your screws loose
    You see…when a “candidate’s” husband was unquestionably the 2nd worst prez to date
    And you nodded off to empower FOUR Americans to get murdered as Secretary of State
    And are as corrupt as Slick Willy and Jessie Jackson—Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
    Voters would no doubt have to be as insane as you are to think Hillary is what we need !!!

    July 9, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. dx2718

    Hillary 2016! And Wendy Davis for VP!

    July 9, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. loverpoint

    Hillary I will be supporting you come 2015-2016. Lets hope that starting in 2014 that America wakes up and votes in an overwhelming Democratic Majority in the House an Senate. Otherwise the US will continue to go down hill for the next 3 years.

    July 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. David B

    So Funny how the same people who predicted Mittens would be our next president are now Condemming Hillary. She will win just like Obama won. The Redubs will be Whining again!

    July 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Tammy Jordan

    It amazes me that Hillary was so deathly ill that she could not testify in the Bengazi case, but now she is not just so healthy! That just shows that she was involved in the entire cover up. Of course that is not unusual for the Clintons, It sure is not the first time they have covered something up! Id Hillary even comes close in 2016, American is really in trouble because we will be overcome by idiots!

    July 9, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Ulysses

    Yay! One rich white lady endorses another... WHAT A BOOST!!! I'm sure this "endorsement deal" includes Hillary's new wardrobe for the Presidential Race. Let's all vote for Hillary as she did such a bang-up job as Secretary of State. We may never know the details of what went down in Benghazi... it's gonna be like the Kennedy files... keep the lid on until everyone who was involved is dead. How does everyone in Europe (NSA spying), Egypt (new rebels PO'd we helped Morsi), Libya (too late to the Assad game) and Iran (laughing all the way to the nuke assembly plant)... Can we state with any certainty ONE solid foreign policy achievement during her tenure?

    July 9, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Stop the craziness

    I hope Hillary is the democratic candidate because then the democrats will lose!

    July 9, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Bob Dobalina

    So we are supposed to care what a one-percenter thinks? I thought the libs wanted us to protest and abhor them.

    And Anna Wintour in Little Rock is an automatic reality show.

    July 9, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. STEVE

    Florida Joe. you are a very stupid and a dangerous person. you are alone to think Bush was responsible for 911 This was clearly planned during the previous administration fact. The previous administration did nothing about terrorisim. USS Cole nothing. Black Hawk, Nothing. Trade center nothing. Bush was in office only a short time when the bombing of the twin towers happend. Try reading factual political books and try to learn before you make a complete foooool of yourself

    July 9, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. David From Canada

    Hillary Clinton is the best you've got. Run with her!!

    July 9, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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