Hillary Clinton is out of office and out of Washington while she takes some time away from politics, writes a book and mulls a run for president.
But she’s certainly not out of the public eye. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady’s double-booked Monday night might have come straight out of the life of any A-list celebrity.
Clinton attended the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards as a presenter for her good friend and frequent dresser, Oscar de la Renta. Then, after leaving early from the ceremony–which had been rearranged to accommodate her schedule–Clinton and de la Renta attended fellow-former-Secretary Henry Kissinger’s 90th birthday party in New York City.
She used her introductory speech at the fashion event to joke about her famously large variety of pantsuits.
“You know, I have been thinking, now that I have some more time on my hands, I am going to be pitching Andy [Cohen] and others on a new show for Bravo,” said Clinton, who was clad in a navy pantsuit. “We could call it Project Pantsuit.”
At the awards, Clinton further quipped about how she first met de la Renta as first lady at the White House during the Kennedy Center Honors.
“So I reached out to shake Oscar’s hand, and he looked me up and down, and he said, ‘That’s one of my dresses.’ I said, ‘Really?’” Clinton explained, and then sarcastically joked: “I was then, as I am now, such a fashion icon myself.”
Accepting the Founders Award, de la Renta joined Clinton on stage and said, “She might not like me to say this, but I think she’s going to be our next president.”
The audience erupted in enthusiastic applause as Clinton stood back, smiling and shaking her head.
The two “dear friends,” as de la Renta put it, dipped out early and joined several former secretaries of state and current Secretary John Kerry for the Kissinger party, according to the Daily Beast.
De la Renta has been a popular designer among first ladies, having frequently dressed Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
He has a famously strained relationship with Michelle Obama, saying “It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way.”