Monday, March 2, 2015

Diane von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Derek Lam: Designers Down With Obama

Fashion cannot be ignored. And with each passing month it becomes more important in this year's Presidential elections. And why not? This is the first time a black man is on the ballot as a nominee for President of the United States so the campaign is going to have to pull out all the stops, unconventional and stylish. According to this story in the Washington Post, the Barack Obama campaign has coordinated with about 20 designers to create merchandise for the Obama web site, where it will be available next month. Post reporter Robin Givhan reports it's the first time a quorum of the fashion industry has revolved around one candidate. The top designer list includes Derek Lam, Isaac Mizrahi, Charles Nolan and Diane von Furstenberg. There have also been talks with Beyonce, Russell Simmons and Vera Wang, as well according to the article. I love DVF dresses, but it is appropriate for the fashion industry go beyond dressing candidates to supporting them? Would you vote for Obama because Vera Wang designed a T-shirt for the campaign?

Diane von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Derek Lam: Designers Down With Obama

This photo is from today´s story in the Washington Post. Courtesy of designer Tracy Reese, a sketch of a Obama for President long sleeved T.
This photo is from today's story in the Washington Post. Courtesy of designer Tracy Reese, a sketch of a Obama for President long sleeved T.

Fashion cannot be ignored. And with each passing month it becomes more important in this year's Presidential elections.  And why not?  This is the first time a black man is on the ballot as a nominee for President of the United States so the campaign is going to have to pull out all the stops, unconventional and stylish. According to this story in the Washington Post, the Barack Obama campaign has coordinated with about 20 designers to create merchandise for the Obama web site, where it will be available next month. Post reporter Robin Givhan reports  it's the first time a quorum of the fashion industry has revolved around one candidate. The top designer list includes Derek Lam, Isaac Mizrahi, Charles Nolan and Diane von Furstenberg. There have also been talks with Beyonce, Russell Simmons and Vera Wang, as well according to the article.   I love DVF dresses, but it is appropriate for the fashion industry go beyond dressing candidates to supporting them? Would you vote for Obama because Vera Wang designed a T-shirt for the campaign?

About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at ewellington@phillynews.com.

Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
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