Skip to comments.Obama's Hate Couture Divas
Posted on 10/24/2012 4:25:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
Talk about wearing your politics on your sleeve. An elitist clique of fashion designers has banded together to raise money for celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama and browbeat their customers into supporting him. Even worse, the Beautiful People who dress the Powerful People are putting increased pressure on conservatives to stay out of the business altogether.
Out: Haute couture. In: Hate couture.
In February, high-dollar bag-makers, cosmetics gurus and clothiers offered their services to help fill Obama's campaign coffers. Nearly two dozen gurus billed their enterprise as "Runway to Win: A Project by Fashion Designers in Support of the Obama Victory Fund." Campaign finance experts questioned whether employees of the corporate participants were truly "volunteering" their time in accordance with federal law. But of course, no Obama administration lawyers have bothered to enforce the rules.
A "custom backpack" with the "Obama rising sun logo" designed by model Chanel Iman goes for $65. A teeny-tiny baby onesie with "OBAMA" in bright red and blue letters goes for $65. A hideous Monique Pean cotton and hemp scarf with Obama's face splattered on it went for $95. Diane von Furstenberg pitched in two $85 tote bags and has grown more strident about her partisan agenda as Election Day nears. At a fashion event in her New York Meatpacking District store last month, she yelled at clients: "Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!"
Furthermore, von Furstenberg vented, "This is not a Republican party, just so you know! This is a non-Republican audience." The crowd cheered as she urged everyone to rush home to watch her Democratic idol's convention speech. But when conservative consumers protested on Twitter the next few nights, von Furstenberg tweeted: "I love and respect all Americans...Democrats and Republicans...love Diane."
"All Americans," except for Ann Romney, that is. When the designer learned last week that the GOP candidate's wife had worn one of her famous wrap dresses at a recent campaign rally in Florida, the company had a hissy fit. "(W)e're actually not quite sure how Ann obtained the dress," horrified public relations staffers told left-wing Buzzfeed.com.
Accustomed to comping pieces to first lady Michelle Obama and other favored lib celebs, von Furstenberg's team couldn't wrap their heads around the idea that most women who are fortunate enough to afford their products spend their own money to purchase them. She bought it? Mon dieu!
DVF Inc. then frantically distanced themselves from Mrs. Romney -- and idiotically alienated half of American women.
While the president and first lady have ratcheted up their class warfare rhetoric against the Romneys, the Obama campaign has basked in the 1 percent glow of fashionistas woefully out of touch with middle America. British-born Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a top Obama campaign finance bundler, is aggressively spearheading Runway to Win. She's held multiple million-dollar fundraisers for Obama in Hollywood, New York, London and Paris -- and has raked in the fourth highest amount for the White House.
In return, she snagged two coveted invitations to fancy-schmancy White House State Dinners in January 2011 and March 2012. Wintour's $40,000-per-plate dinners are adorned with A-list celebs. She rubbed her nose in hurting families' faces by starring in a swanky campaign video filmed at her tony townhouse -- which was released the same day the Labor Department released a miserable May unemployment report.
New Yorkers are now buzzing about Wintour intimidating designers into spurning Republican women. "The fashion industry is predominantly on the left," fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR told FoxNews.com, "noting that many brands and designers fear being associated with the GOP."
A political code of silence among conservatives in the business is de rigueur. But Everett sensibly lamented the industry's writing off of "the other '50 percent' of the country. For the sake of the fashion industry, it should remain apolitical."
Young New York City designer Bradley Scott also spoke up against ideological "persecution" in his industry. "It's really offensive for me, as a designer, to be issued an unveiled threat by someone who could exert an enormous amount of influence over my customers, store buyers and magazine editors," he told me on Tuesday. "I for one want absolutely nothing to do with this attack on women. This pressure upon designers should offend every woman in this country, not just the conservatives."
After four years of failed Hope and Change, Americans are finally realizing that the emperor of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has no clothes. After Election Day, the demagoguing Democratic doyennes of Seventh Ave. may well find themselves out of style, too. Bigotry never wears well.
What a way to run a business. Tell half of your potential customers to go to hell.
Okay, ladies. Boycott in order. Shop in protest. Buy cute pistols for Christmas. :)
Evidently they don’t realize that normal people find their clothing laughable.
Well after all liberals aren’t very smart.
Headline should read. “ Homosexual fashion designers support homosexualPresident”.
Michael Jordan knows not to p@ss off half of Nike’s customers! Liberals are idiots.
As an aside, I never really understood why women are willing to pay big bucks for a purse. It has to be for the benefit of other women, because most men could care less if a woman carries a $1,000 bag or one of those reusable cloth bags they have at the local grocery store.
I would bet this guy would design for Ann in a heartbeat.....Dmitry Shokolov, 2012 winner of Project Runway. Came here from Belarus at age 18 with a backpack and a couple hundred dollars to live the American Dream.
don’t buy their stupid “designs”
These people have no human decency or class. If Romney wins, watching the meltdowns of these arrogant libs will be delicious!
The day B.O. came through, I saw several storefronts had hung large black and white posters of B.O. posed in a boxer position with his fists up. I was amazed. These people write letters to the local newspaper castigating residents for driving 20 miles down the road to shop at the mall and Walmart, yet offend half of us by sticking B.O.'s aggressive mug in our faces as we walk down main street. I'm sure they'd smile and take my money if I walked in wearing my Romney button, but that doesn't mean I have to give it to them. I kinda like the Walmart down the road even better now . . .
Will they turn this into a "Pay off Obama's campaign debt" fund raiser after he loses on November 6th?
They should check with newspapers to see how well this strategy worked for them before they commit...
Thought Michelle Malkin was smarter than that.