Whatever the outcome of the US election on Tuesday we're betting that the first ladies-to-be are having one helluva what-to-wear-crisis right now.... Neatly summed up by ‘been-there, seen-it, got snapped-in-the-night-gown' who in her new capacity as The Times columnist dishes out a little savvy fashion advice of her own. ‘The American system, at least, allows the president-elect a couple of months to prepare for what is to follow,' she says. ‘It should also mean that Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain, unlike me, will have the time and sense to get dressed and brush her hair before opening the door - something I neglected to remember.'
So, if nightgowns are out, which designer will win the presidential fashion race? In the Obama camp, all eyes are on Maria Pinto, the Chicago-based designer who's hit the limelight with her sleek tailoring and colourful power dresses. And Cindy McCain? She's not telling. But our money's on fashion favourites Oscar La Renta, Caroline Herrera and Escada.