Hillary Clinton Is the UndeciderLast night we flipped on MSNBC, hoping to unwind with a little To Catch a Predator, but alas, the presidential debates were in full swing. We sure tuned in at the right time, though: Hillary Clinton, known for being the most well-rehearsed and cautious Democratic candidate, turned positively Rumsfeldian. She adamantly refused to answer “hypotheticals” — basically anything about what she would do as president. She dodged all difficult, potentially controversial questions through the rote repetition of universally agreed-upon generalizations (Hillary is for fiscal responsibility and fighting terrorism, in case you were wondering). But it was when she refused to answer a question about baseball that her reticence became truly absurd. When Clinton, a Chicago native, was pressed by host Tim Russert on who she would root for in a Yankees vs. Cubs World Series, she hedged her bets: “Well, I would probably have to alternate sides,” she said. Jeez, lady. At least Bill knew he preferred briefs. Bush’s “The Decider” persona may suck, but Hillary’s “Undecider” routine is getting just as tired. —Dan Amira
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Marchesa to Anna Wintour: ‘How High?’As with all things in this world, during Fashion Week, Anna Wintour giveth, and she taketh away. When the Vogue editor-in-chief cracked a bona fide smile at yesterday’s Erin Fetherston show, the world knew Wintour was silently bestowing her priceless blessings on the young designer. But beyond the light, Her Vogueness also brings darkness.
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At Marchesa Show, Harvey’s Girl Wishes Halston Well
The Bergdorf Goodman parade of trunk shows continues, and today it was Marchesa’s turn. Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were there to talk about their line of feathered, beaded gowns, seen often at red-carpet events. But we were more interested in asking them about a different label. Chapman dates Harvey Weinstein — which might have something to do with why you see their designs on those red carpets so frequently — and Harvey just bought Halston. A new opportunity for the Marchesa girls, perhaps? “That’s nothing to do with us,” Craig was quick to say. And Chapman was quick to position it as someone else’s project. “I’m very excited for them,” she said of the new Halston family. “I think Tamara” — that’s Tamara Mellon, the fashion exec Weinstein installed to run the brand — “is a fantastically talented woman. I mean, what she’s done with Jimmy Choo is just incredible, and, um, I keep my fingers crossed for them.” Got that? For them. Not for her. —Kendall Herbst
Earlier: Proenza Schouler Comes to Bergdorf Goodman, Finally