June 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM ET
Hillary Clinton knows her favorite wardrobe staple has a special place in fashion.
The former secretary of state joked about it with a receptive crowd Monday night at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. With the evening’s host, Bravo executive, Andy Cohen, standing nearby, Clinton pitched a new reality show for his network.
“We can call it ‘Project Pantsuit,’” she said.
Clinton went on to present the night’s highest honor, the Founder’s Award, to Oscar de la Renta, whom she called “a dear friend.”
The former first lady recalled their first meeting in Dec. 1993 in a receiving line at the Kennedy Center Honors. The designer had noted she was wearing one of his designs at the time.
"I always have been, as I am now, such a fashion icon," she joked.
De la Renta would go on to create many outfits Clinton has showcased, including the long glittery navy jacket and pants she wore Monday. He also designed a custom magenta gown for the wedding of her daughter, Chelsea.
When De la Renta joined Clinton on stage to accept his award, he returned her praise and made a prediction about her political future.
“She might not like me to say this, but I think she’s going to be our next president,” he said to enthusiastic applause.
Clinton, who is rumored to be contemplating another White House run in 2016, laughed off the comment.
The annual awards show, held in New York’s Lincoln Center, drew a mixed crowd of fashion-industry elite and Hollywood A-listers. Actresses Jessica Chastain and Kerry Washington were among those who presented awards.
Kerry handed out one of the evening’s top awards, Womenswear Designer of the Year, which went to Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The Menswear Designer of the Year award went to Thom Browne, a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama.
Phillip Lim was named Accessory Designer of the Year, while the International Award went to Riccardo Tisci, who recently dressed Kim Kardashian at the Met Costume Institute Gala.
Vera Wang received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Ralph Lauren.
As for Clinton's TV dreams? They might just come true.
"Project Pantsuit is totally a go," exclaimed Cohen on stage to the audience. "Madeleine Albright is doing the first challenge."