On Wednesday morning, Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton arrived at The New Yorker hotel to deliver her concession speech. As she took the stage, we at Fashionista immediately began questioning the significance of the color purple — and why it adorned her pantsuit's lapel, why she wore a coordinating top underneath, why her husband, President Bill Clinton, wore a tie of a similar shade. (Her suit was confirmed by WWD to be Ralph Lauren Collection, which had become a customary wardrobe resource throughout Clinton's 19-month campaign.)
Initially, we speculated that it could represent the color that results from mixing the Democratic blue with the Republican red, a call for bipartisanship. "Swing states are often referred to as 'purple states' during elections, and Clinton's words addressed the battleground parts of the country that remained in contention until the final hour last night," wrote Vanity Fair's Kenzie Bryant.
Vogue's Nicole Phelps referenced the shade's deeper cultural contexts. "Because of its rarity, it became a symbol of nobility, wealth and power," she wrote. "It is associated with magic, the supernatural and spirituality. And according to one site I found on the internet, it's also considered a color of mourning."
Vanity Fair also rightly discussed its importance to the U.S. suffrage movement, the flag of which contains purple, as well as white and gold. It also represents "royalty and penitence" in the Methodist tradition (Clinton herself is a staunch Methodist), and serves as "the color of the anti-bullying movement in LGBT communities."
Meanwhile, the incoming First Lady Melania Trump also wore Ralph Lauren, per WWD, early Wednesday morning. Her garment, however, was white, a shade Clinton regularly and very pointedly wore while campaigning, again, as a nod to the official color of suffrage.