Nancy Pelosi's 2013 Max Mara ‘Fire Coat’ is about to make a comeback!! ‘Beale’ Street Director Barry Jenkins must be orgasmic.
On Wednesday evening, Max Mara announced that the jacket setting Twitter blazing was its "Fire Coat," which the Italian fashion house last sold in 2013. However, because the coat is drawing so much attention, the Italian fashion brand confirms that it will reissue it in 2019 in a range of colors, including Pelosi's red/rust shade.
Now all we need is 'Beale Street' director Barry Jenkins -- who really was the catalyst behind the red coat blast -- and Pelosi in a DC ad shot, and fashion has made history.
In a statement, Max Mara Creative Director Ian Griffiths said:
The FIRE COAT is a boule shaped coat with a funnel collar — which is very feminine — but it has a shoulder and sleeve that are cut quite sharply. So whilst the body is soft, the shoulders give it structure. That contrast between masculine and feminine gives it modernity. This coat was designed over 6 years ago; a good coat is a life companion so it should be designed not to date. Ms Pelosi wore this coat to the Presidential Inauguration in 2013, and again for her historic meeting at the White House in 2018, so it clearly means something to her. You develop an emotional relationship with a coat like nothing else in your wardrobe and Max Mara coats are much more than just clothes. They represent lasting values, they project personal strength and glamour. I can imagine why Ms Pelosi chose to wear the FIRE COAT for this important moment and I'm honoured.
Jenkins rubbished the idea that fashion has no deep resonance in the larger culture, acknowledging that the soon-to-be Speaker of the House Pelosi’s high-level budget negotiations in the company of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were more important than the designer of the coat, BUT . . . he then went on to describe just why this coat became such a hot-button item so quickly: "And she knew exactly what she was doing wearing THIS coat on THIS day coming out of THAT room, placing THOSE shades on JUST so. This is diplomacy in motion, soft power wielded like a machete through the diligent, decisive act of dressing," he wrote. "They've never been JUST clothes."
Now that is a man with sartorial insights! Note that Nancy Pelosi does not have a high-powered stylist dressing her always impeccable style. Madame Speaker's "stylist" is Northern California business man Paul Pelosi, aka her husband, Jezebel wrote in 2010. The two have been married since 1963.