From National Nine News:
First it was the number of houses US presidential candidates owned that measured their ability to connect with the battlers of America, now it’s the value of the frocks their wives are wearing.
Republican nominee John McCain’s wife Cindy has set tongues wagging by turning up to the party’s national convention wearing an outfit estimated to be worth more than $360,000.
In an analysis of the would-be first lady’s ensemble, Vanity Fair magazine reports the Oscar de la Renta dress Mrs McCain wore cost $3860, her Chanel watch $5500 and shoes $740.
But the real bling was hanging from her ears, with three-carot diamonds worth about $344,000.
The magazine also scrutinised the current First Lady Laura Bush’s designer outfit.
The value of Mrs Bush’s clothes and jewellery came in at a comparatively modest $5000, including her $3000 white Oscar de la Renta suit.
From Vanity Fair:
One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in’ Redneck” Johnston.
It caught our attention, then, when First Lady Laura Bush and would-be First Lady Cindy McCain took the stage Tuesday night wearing some rather fancy designer clothes. So we asked our fashion department to price out their outfits.
Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
Wow! No wonder McCain has so many houses: his wife has the price of a Scottsdale split-level hanging from her ears.
That doesn’t even include the costs for the makeup artists, the hairdressers, the pharamacists, and the guy who follows Cindy Lou around with a syringe filled with Botox!
By the way, not that anyone asked, but I thought the dress looked like the ones my mother’s friends used to wear to bar mitzvahs back in the 60’s. And, Cindy Lou, don’t wear yellow. Just don’t.