Hockey mom outfit worth $2,500 -- just for the top
"Hockey mom" Sarah Palin's shantung silk Valentino jacket for the Republican National Convention was worth $2,500, according to a story in the New York Post.
"Insiders tell Page Six Palin has a secretive circle of stylists who dress her for events," the Post wrote Wednesday. For her big speech in St. Paul, where she accepted the GOP's vice-presidential nod, this fashion-conscious team encouraged the Alaska governor to splurge on a $2,500 jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue designed by Valentino Garavani."
Palin told RNC delegates: "I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better."
The Post cited an individual "familiar" with Palin's "primping."
"They do not want the American public to know that Palin is using stylists or that she is paying for expensive clothes this early on in the campaign," the source said.
"We spoke to someone on Palin's styling team, who told us, 'I did a little bit of personal styling, but I can't discuss anything I've done with Sarah Palin. I'm not sure which designs she wore . . . anything related to working with her is confidential,'" the paper wrote.
Cindy McCain, wife of the GOP presidential nominee, took heat after Vanity Fair revealed her RNC outfit cost $300,000, including her outfit and diamonds.
"A representative for Valentino confirmed Palin wore one of his designs during her convention speech, but said she did not buy it from a Valentino store," added the Post. "Palin's reps had no comment."