INVOICE STEVE SCHMIDT! Palin (Photo: Getty Images) "Average hockey mom" Sarah Palin' choice of wardrobe at the Republican National Convention was not so befitting of an average hockey mom, . Her jacket was a $2,500 "shantung silk" number from Italian designer Valentino! By contrast, the designer dress Michelle Obama took flack for wearing cost $900. That's not the least of it: while the Times notes that "Michelle Obama apparently pulls off the feat of getting dressed on her own," Palin seemingly employs a "secretive circle of stylists who dress her for events."
Those sartorial guns-for-hire aren't cheap, either. Since Page Six doesn't hazard a guess as to how much Palin actually spent pulling together her "look" for the RNC, we asked the styling team of Jill Bream and Carmel Lobello—they've worked with Jay-Z and Pink, among others—to estimate the total dollar amount invested in Palin folksy, blue-collar aesthetic: