During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City last week, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker hosted Runway for Change, a fashion-industry fundraiser for Barack Obama. The event also marked the debut of designer Barack Obama merchandise, like a tote bag by Diane Von Furstenberg, T-shirts by Tory Burch and Vera Wang, and a scarf by Rachel Roy, among others. Although I was in New York to cover Fashion Week, an Obama campaign representative told me by email, "Sorry this event is closed to the press - thanks!" Luckily, the designer Obamawear is viewable on the campaign website. The best item is the T-shirt designed by Nanette Lepore, below. If I were an Obama-worshipping fashionista, I'd buy it. A Nanette Lepore top for $65 is a steal, and it would mix nicely with the beautiful Spring/Summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection she showed on Wednesday.
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The runner up is the Marc Jacobs tote bag, because the signature Marc Jacobs font is aesthetically pleasing and he didn't ruin the item with a silly slogan. Bonus: A Marc Jacobs tote bag for $75 is also a steal. Obama is getting gypped.
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It is more difficult to choose the ugliest piece in the Obamawear collection. First, Juicy Couture eloquently helps you proclaim your political views:
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Charles Nolan designed a wrap-style T-shirt that looks like yoga attire:
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Pharrell Williams calls this T-shirt, "Obama Stands Out From the Crowd." You'll stand out in a tacky top.
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And while I adore Proenza Schouler's designs, I can only imagine what the Obama-inspired leather bracelet would look like, as the photo is not yet available. Conclusion: Marc Jacobs fans, rejoice! Here's your chance to snag a relatively cheap tote bag. The things Barack Obama will do for you...
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