Cindy McCain Fashion, People Magazine Palin-McCain Cover Shoot, Prince William Stolen Photos

Hello-hello… here we are again, smack dab in the middle of another political convention. For one more night TP and The Princess Consort will find themselves tuned to CSPAN to follow the goings-on in St. Paul, turning to the network started by Brian Lamb, if and when we can no longer cope with the network and cable commentary.

Has anyone else watched the ongoing spats and on-air fights between Keith Olbermann (below with flag) and Chris Matthews and occasionally Joe Scarborough on MSNBC? Here’s one description of such an incident via the Los Angeles Times of just one nasty encounter.

Photo by Peter Yang for Rolling Stone
Photo by Peter Yang for Rolling Stone

“Take, for example, the Matthews Meltdown. Discussing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech on Tuesday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews lost it after colleague Keith Olbermann seemed to mock him with a hand gesture that suggested Matthews was talking too much. Hair askew, looking as if he had spent the night on a bench in a bus station, Matthews shed TV’s normal protocol and retorted: “I can do the same to you!” and defended his Hillary spiel: “That’s what I thought, all right? And I said it.”

Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

This conjures images of Sister Mary Hand Grenade hovering at the front of the room in front of the black board with the ruler in her hand. If we could all play nice in the sandbox TP would find it all so much more watchable. BTW, in case you didn’t know, Mr. Olbermann is quite the original preppy, growing up in Westchester, attending Hackley and Cornell.

Above, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the air during the Democratic Convention in Denver last week. Below, a quick glance at a meeting Wednesday afternoon of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, First Lady Laura Bush and possible First Lady Cindy McCain.

TP has been fielding questions about Cindy McCain’s style, her favorite designers, etc., and frankly, we feel quite inadequate to the task. We can provide some background information and photographs to help illuminate the topic, but really, there are many sources vastly superior to our little blog.

We commence our feeble attempts by showing both Laura Bush and Cindy McCain in designs by Oscar de la Renta as they approach the dais for their opening remarks at the Republican Convention.  Ms. Bush is said to have been in heels by Stuart Weitzman, her only accessory a pair of pearl stud earrings.

Below, a closer look at the two women onstage, Ms. Bush in a knit suit and Ms. McCain in a silk dress with the collar turned up, a move many ‘fashion commentators’ criticized. (TP felt it was somewhat overly dramatic because of the collar’s size.)

Tonight, a lush turquoise suit, with a double-breasted jacket reminiscent of some of the 40’s swing tops.

Also this evening, Alaska Governor & vice=presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a dark grey suit, being greeted by Henry Kissinger.

Below we see Ms. McCain at the convention in a deep coral-colored suit that appears to be a raw silk or silk shantung, and on the right, another dress, in this case a more pastel tone.

In almost every instance one can note the two pins worn by Ms. McCain on a daily basis; they spell the words “NAVY” and “USMC”. Below, the white Chanel J-12 wristwatch frequently seen on Ms. McCain’s wrist is visible.

It is such an important part of the Chanel brand, the company has a special microsite for the watch. Below left an undated photo, and on the right a shot of Ms. McCain and Todd Palin, as they enter the “One Heart, One World” luncheon today, an event honoring Ms. McCain’s humanitarian work.

Above on the right one can also see the constantly-in-use bone or taupe pumps worn by Cindy McCain throughout the campaign. Below we see the vivid blue dress worn on the day Sarah Palin was announced as the vice-presidential choice by Senator McCain.

TP thought this a beautiful color, but the additional flounced or ruffled detailing on the front added little to the dress, actually moving it into her “Frou-Frou Danger Zone.”

Ms. McCain is also known to be a fan of Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors.

Michael Kors website

Michael Kors website

As evidenced in the photos, Ms. McCain favors bright colors and frequently wears suits as opposed to dresses, although of late we are seeing more dresses; rarely is she seen in patterns, or florals. Below, seated with the family of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The four-strand pearl necklace worn all week is visible in many of the photos, including those below.

The rich green dress featured Grecian style draping on the back, a style TP finds more appealing in evening gowns, and a self-tied bow at the front waistline. In more casual surroundings it is clear Ms. McCain is more than comfortable in a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt.

While often seen with her hair up, sometimes in elaborate coiffed styles, Ms. McCain is often seen with it down, or loosely pulled back in a ponytail.

Ms. McCain’s wardrobe must also suit her frequent overseas trips (often without her husband and also without media), for her volunteer work with Operation Smile and CARE.  She also started the American Voluntary Medical Team, her own nonprofit humanitarian agency, which sent medical teams to disaster or war-torn areas around the world.

Cropped sweaters, or shrugs are also favored by the always-on-the-go mother, wife, and philanthropist.

The lower two photographs are from today’s walk-through for the presumptive candidate; the pink cast is for a wrist sprain. Of course, there is always the magazine cover shoot, requested by more publications than one knew existed. Here we see a People magazine cover shoot with both the McCains and the Palins.

Most of these candid shots are from daughter Meghan McCain’s campaign blog. Here is the one TP absolutely adores, little Piper Palin with baby brother Trig.

At some later point perhaps we can look more in-depth at more of the leading political candidates and/or spouses and their individual styles.


…quite the to-do over photographs of a royal kind. A man is free on bail on the other side of the pond, following an early-morning raid earlier this week by Scotland Yard. This all involves the memory card to a camera that was stolen from Kate Middleton’s younger sister, Pippa, seen below with sister Kate. (That is Kate above, with Prince William.)

Kate & Pippa Middleton

Kate & Pippa Middleton

Why the worry about the photos on the memory card? Because Kate Middleton is Prince William’s longtime girlfriend, and the photos were of the couple on their recent holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique. The suspect was actually trapped with the assistance of The Daily Sun, when he tried to sell them the card with 40 photos of the two relaxing on vacation. His asking price? £50,000, or about $85,000.

Tomorrow…? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see what trouble we can stir up.

PHOTO CREDITS: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, REUTERS/Mike Segar, AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, REUTERS/Brian Snyder, Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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12 responses to “Cindy McCain Fashion, People Magazine Palin-McCain Cover Shoot, Prince William Stolen Photos

  1. I love Kate Middleton. For someone so young she has great style.

  2. Swoon, what a treat to see 2 of my favorite style icons – Cindy McCain and Miss Middleton – all in one post!

    Ms. McCain gets overshadowed by Michelle Obama’s style choices, but I say Ms. McCain is just as stylish, if not more so. And after your review, I better understand why I think this – she’s only missing Ralph from my Prep Couture Pantheon (Carolina, Michael, and Chanel being my others). I particularly LOVED that Kelly green color on her.

    Happy weekend to you!

  3. TCP

    Kate Middleton is certainly one stylish young lady.

    As for Mrs. McCain, I have to say that I have been enjoying some of her dresses of late. But as a fellow blonde, I think that yellow is generally not one of the more flattering colors for us fair-haired girls.

  4. I thought overall Cindy McCain’s style during the convention was beautiful. Her clothes are really beautiful and I love that she chooses colors that pop – with her figure she can get away with it and she looks fab. With her hair grown out, she looks so much younger than she is. With the girly ponytails, she’s looks to be in her 30s instead of her 50s. My only beef, and it’s a small one, was with her pearls. A 4-strand of pearls, in my opinion, looks a bit gawdy and silly. Triple is OK, double is best. I also think she’d look great in RL or CK. Michelle Obama usually is also very classic looking but her outfits for the DNC were wrong, wrong, wrong.

  5. What a truly entertaining post! Love it. Although I may not agree with nor want to hear what Ms. McCain has to say, I always enjoy seeing her. I love her style and the way she presents herself. Such a beautiful woman with a wardrobe to die for. Some people have mentioned the four-strand pearls as being too much, but I love them. I don’t understand too many pearls?? ha. And Kate….wow. Just a beauty with great style. Thanks TPP!

  6. I am OBSESSED with Cindy McCain! She is the epitome of glamour! I had read about poor Pippas memory card! People can be SO shady! TERRIBLE! Great post!

  7. I’m starting to like Cindy McCain more after her speech and learning more about her last night. I know people didn’t like her collar on the dark yellow dress but I thought she looked stunning…I almost like it more than the pastel yellow…almost

    I wish I could pull off yellow like that!

  8. Oh thank you thank you thank you, TP! I LOVE Cindy McCain!

  9. Cindy McCain’s shoes–esp. on Thursday night wow wow wow. I was foaming at the mouth…and her clothes. Oh those clothes! And how does she pull of yellow–I’m a blonde. I look like a corpse in yellow. How does she do it?!

  10. More Cindy McCain! I am riveted by her style -people that call her a Stepford Wife are just dull, bitter and jealous, and obv. boring. Love Kate of course. As for The Sun, yuck yuck yuck – and that goes for all what we call the ‘gutter press’. More Cindy McCain!

  11. Oh… and the British Olympic Team outfits – hmmmm. We’ll have to have a mix of designers, dependent on the sport. Perhaps Aquascutum and Pringle for the formal side? I have lots of overly optimistic aspirations, and know they will be ultimately dashed and we’ll end up with bloody Reebok.

  12. Cindy McCains has lovely style. I do think it’s Stepford-wifey, but I love the Stepford-wifey look!

    I love Kate Middleton’s style!

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