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.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    July 9, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. George's Kel-Tec

    Whoop-dee-doo – An old,fat white woman endorses another old, fat white woman.

    July 9, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Hillary vs. Rand, Rick, Jeb, Michelle, Sarah, Whoever

    Bring em' on!

    July 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Donna

    Not until she comes clean on Benghazi and the death of her four employees. She has not been truthfulor forthcoming to date. Nobody in the military will trust her after she abandoned those people.

    July 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Miguel

    wow what a surprise....never saw that coming – a liberal new yorker endorsing another.

    July 9, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. bla

    The number of people who care should be a single-digit number.

    I never heard her complain about Obama renewing and expanding the patriot act. So to hell with her.

    July 9, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Never heard of Anna Wintour? I don't see how she helps except to maybe give Hillary a complete makeover!

    July 9, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. gladiatorgrl

    The GOP has tried to smear Hillary and in the past Bubba and her. BIG FAIL!! Bubba's more popular than ever and many Americans would vote Hillary in just to have Bubba back. All the smoke and mirrors Benghazi crap (no CONVICTIONS) is just that and we the people are tired of the GOP no ideas just smear and hate campaign.

    CLINTON 2016!!

    July 9, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Bran

    I'm in the military and I trust her more than Bush or Obama.

    July 9, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Pedro

    Hillary will be pushing 70 if elected in 2016 and 74 if running for a second term. She's old and out of touch. And age is an issue ...its a tough 24/7 job. Look how Obama has aged in 4 years. Plus, do we really want a creepy old man chasing skirts in the White House again? Are there no better Democrats than these old farts?

    July 9, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. 3gghead

    Listen up, you GOP dumb, deaf and mentally challenged sociopaths: ANY and ALL further conspiracy theories about your beloved Benghazi will be a waste of your pathetic time and breath: Hillary is NOT at fault for Benghazi, no matter how hard you clowns try to pin it to her. Hillary WILL be the next President, whether you like it or not.

    July 9, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. So Tired Of It All

    Like anyone cares about Anna Wintour, her opinion, or what she says – but way to make a big headline out of it CNN. This article is ridiculous and irrelevant. How about a story about how Hillary failed on Egypt and what is going on there now? No? Benghazi? No? How about the disrespect from China and Russia on the Snowden thing and the apparent epic failure of foreign policy under Hillary as Secretary of State? No? Thought so...

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. wrm

    Anna Wintour's opinion matters, at least to the extent that it's considered a "big boost?"


    July 9, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. CB FL

    If the women turn out in 2016 like the blacks did in 2012 it will be a cake walk for her.

    July 9, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Arshagarbon

    It'll be a cold day in hell before i vote for this she-devil. I'd vote for Palin before Hilary and I've promised that i'd kill myself if that woman ever became president.

    July 9, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. 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.

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. bd

    such an important recommendation......this is how low we have stooped

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Madeline

    Hillary Clinton is like a swine with a gold ring in her nose. In other words, she's dressed up but she's still a pig.

    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Pretty Please

    She's too old.
    Her husband is a moron.
    They are popular in their own minds.
    And those of the media.
    But actual Americans loathe and despise them.


    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. The reporter

    She shouldn't even be allowed in politics after what happened at Benghazi.

    July 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Johnjon

    get ready........even Cheeney said if she ran, she'd win.

    July 9, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Madeline

    Hillary Clinton is like a pig with a gold ring in her nose. In other words, she's dressed up but she's still a pig.

    July 9, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. gstlab3

    If we are so dumb as to even consider her for any office let alone the most powerfull office on Earth I'dd suggest we just close up shop and give this country to the Russians or the Chinese and let the communists cull the heard some more.

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. gstlab3

    go right ahead America., you're allmost to the bottom., might as well hurry it up and get it over with.

    July 9, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Martin Angell

    Yeah, big deal. Old, wealthy, elite, 1% white liberal woman endorses old, wealthy, elite, 1% white liberal woman.

    July 9, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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