Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand is en Vogue

New York's junior senator works it in the pages of Vogue in a fabulous winter-white coat and camel sheath dress, both by Michael Kors. (All photos credit: Vogue)

New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand is easily the chicest politician on Capitol Hill, and now her sartorial savvy has been made known beyond the Beltway. Gracing the pages of November's Vogue, Sen. Gillibrand struts her stuff in Michael Kors, Dolce and Gabbana and more.

We've talked about Gillibrand's senatorial stylishness before. She dresses the part of a senior politician representing the home of America's fashion industry, the perfect mix of power dresses, separates and suits, elevated by an innate understanding of what makes a quality garment and what works on her. And though she abides by DC's more conservative "rules," as one Nanette Lepore PR flack put in the Vogue piece, her style is still so much more than standard DC fashion fare.

Her petite frame, blonde hair and fair skin certainly belie her political demeanor, but she knows her fashion and wears it well.

A great wardrobe, an adorable family, a giant office in Russell Senate Office Building... What's not to be envious of?

And the article in Vogue couldn't paint Sen. Gillibrand in a more flattering light. In an interview with POLITICO, writer Jonathan Van Meter described her comfortable ease, her sharp wit and her ambitiousness. But Van Meter also got some juicy bits: Since having her second child in 2008, Sen. Gillibran has lost more than 40 lbs. of baby weight through strict diet and lots of tennis.

Van Meter also said that Sen. Gillibrand "wasn’t worried about how it was going to be perceived. And I loved how she wasn’t concerned about that. Some women lawmakers refuse to be fashionable and [Vogue Editor-in-Chief] Anna Wintour thinks, 'Well, why can’t you be?'"

So, DC politicians, take note: You can be powerful, successful and still stylish. In fact, it might be beneficial to your overall communications strategy. After all, how many other members of Congress can boast six-page spreads in Vogue in their news clips?

Sen. Gillibrand strolls through the halls of the Capitol with some dedicated aides and a beautiful Dolce and Gabbana jacket and dress.

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