Elizabeth Wellington is a fashion writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and apparently has a love/hate relationship with the color white.
That is to say, it depends on who's wearing the color as to whether she likes it or not. To this black critic of clothing, white can look either racist or hopeful.
Here's what she had to say about Melania Trump's white dress worn during her Republican National Convention speech:
Melania Trump looked absolutely stunning… And that dress. The off-white Roksanda cotton and satin long-sleeved sheath was just lovely…
So while Trump appeared flawless on the Cleveland stage Monday night, whether she intended it or not, her all-white ensemble displayed the kind of foreignness that is accepted by her husband’s political party. To many, that outfit could be another reminder that in the G.O.P. white is always right…
On Monday night, Melania Trump was a not-so-subliminal billboard for what’s looking like the Trumpian view of an ideal America. And if that’s the fashion statement she intended to make, it’s a very scary one.
If it wasn't published online, you'd never think it could be real. But there it is in black and (not racist) white.
But just a week later, Wellington loved -- and we mean LOVED -- that color on Hillary Clinton. Listening to her gush, you'd think it was her favorite color:
Hillary Clinton took the Democratic National Convention stage in a crisp, white and well-fitted pantsuit. Her perfect Florence Henderson hair was freshly cut, frosted, styled and feathered.
Her earrings sparkled.
She seemed happy. She sounded excited. She appeared hopeful. And that was all reflected in her clothes.
And most importantly, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first woman nominated to vie for the position of America's commander in chief by a major political party, looked presidential...
... it's rare we see her in all white. White is a hue that's both soft and strong. But it was appropriate: Her acceptance speech was a coming out of sorts. Clinton's white pantsuit is telling us she has arrived. This is surreal. A dream come true...
Most importantly Clinton's white suit told America loud and clear that she joyfully accepted the opportunity to run for president of the United States of America.
For a simple fashion critic, she sure has a lot to say about politics. Not only did she rave on Hillary's pantsuit, but also her hopeful, "upbeat" message, a lá Barack Obama. (She even complimented daughter Chelsea's red dress, chosen obviously for "the color of love for her mom rather than a reference to the Republican Party.")
As for Donald Trump, Wellington was less flattering, to say the least. Her assessment of The Donald is "anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Black Lives Matter… In other words, anti- all things brown, as some might say."
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