First Lady Michelle Obama and first lady hopeful Ann Romney both wore hot Schiaparelli pink -- dubbed "Pepto Pink" by the press -- to last night’s second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York. Normally, wearing the same hue at the same event would be seen as merely mortifying and nothing more. It may have been a choice made to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at least according to the Twitterverse.
But the hue is also right in step with the latest trend on the runways. Both Stella McCartney and Nina Ricci included the eye-popping color in their pre-fall 2012 collections. Red Carpet It Girl Emma Stone wore a shocking pink Valentino schoolgirl frock at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards Monday night.
Obama chose a tailored dress with a matching jacket by Michael Kors. Romney wore a short-sleeved shift dress originally covered by a brocade jacket. While there's been no official word on Romney's designer, fashion critics surmise it may have been her go-to designer Alfred Fiadacaca.
For accent, Obama picked a discreet and classic single strand of pearls. Romney went all-out with a hard-to-miss double strand of pale blue-green gemstones.
But let's talk about the nails. Detail-oriented fashion critics at the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, have noted that Romney’s pale blue nail polish mimicks the blue grey manicure worn by Michelle Obama for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. Even the Huffington Post is wondering about the matching polishes.
We think there's no way Ann could have missed the First Lady’s color choice, as her trend-setting fashion-forward manicure made headlines around the world.
And most interesting, Obama chose a neutral polish last night -- one that did not contrast with her bright pink dress.
So we gotta ask: Who wore blue nail polish better?