I'm back from NYC, full of election obsession. Every TV channel and bill board stateside is plastered with promises, agendas and jibes but the race is so monumental that news stories have spilt beyond the political. In fact, the Obama/ Romney run-off has so many facets that I have managed to compile almost an entire news post with fashion-related election news. Of course, other stuff did happen this week so there's a round-up of the best of the rest at the end.
FIRST LADY FASH-OFF
|Image from nymag.com|
Notably, Ann Romney's dress came from Oscar de la Renta who has a track record for dressing the political elite- Hilary Clinton is a big fan. De la Renta's political ties are in fact so strong that a retrospective of his work is set to go on show at William J Clinton library in Arkansas. There are plans for the exhibition to travel to the George W Bush library in Texas and the Reagan Library in California. It's a sign that the designer, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has built huge cross party trust and respect.
Many observers have noted that while Thom Browne was excited to tell Twitter that the First Lady was wearing their dress, Oscar de la Renta's camp (@OscarPRgirl) remained tight lipped about Ann Romney's choice.
Honored to see First Lady Michelle Obama wearing our Spring 2013 dress at the final presidential debate
Why? Rumour has it that Anna Wintour is yielding her considerable influence to ensure that Mrs Romney doesn't get any support from designers. Wintour is one of Obama's biggest fundraisers and supporters. American press have noted that while they receive plenty of information and cooperation from designers chosen by Michelle Obama, no brand has yet come forward to admit to dressing Romney. Furthermore, Diane Von Furstensberg went so far as to disclose that they did not know where the Republican candidate's wife had got hold of one of their dresses (the shop, maybe?).
What could next week bring in the first-lady fashion race? Will Michelle find a sartorial response to Ann's floral bathing suit?
|Image from dailymail.co.uk|
KATY PERRY'S BALLOT DRESS
Can you guess who Katy Perry plans to vote for? She wore her choice on a rubber dress when she performed at an Obama rally in Vegas. I'd love to see Anna Wintour or SJP- both big Obama fans- show their support in this number.
|Katy Perry chooses Obama (via www.getitwrighthere.com)|
One of my big NY finds was in mahoosive toy store F.A.O Schwartz. The perfect way to commemorate the 2012 Presidential race is , of course, Election Barbie. Get yours here.
YOU DON'T OWN ME
Fashion favourites including Alexa Chung and Tavi Gevinson star in an anti-Romney version of Lesley Gore's 1964 classic "You Don't Own Me" aimed at condemning the Republican's views on women's issues. It's pretty awesome.
THE BEST OF THE REST...
You knew Chanel was coming to Scotland for its upcoming metier d'arts show on December 4th but a little birdie tells us that the exact location will be Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary I, Queen of Scots. A very British, fabulously wintry alternative to Versailles, where the Resort collection was showcased. Speaking of Chanel, Business of Fashion's interview with Bruno Pavlovsky, the company's CEO is well worth a read for its insight into the mechanics of one of the world's recognisable brands.
|Edinburgh's Linlithgow Palace, location of Chanel's upcoming show (image from flickr)|
|Never The Bride by Courtney Love (via @courtney twitter)|
|Courtney says "poiret piece going going drooling i dont want to let this gooooo"|
THIS WEEKEND, why not drop into London College of Fashion's pop up shop in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. Open until 1st November.
It's getting chilly outside, but never fear Michael van der Ham for Brora cashmere is here. The collection arrives at Brora.co.uk on October 30th, cards at the ready!
|Michael van der Ham x Brora beanie £180 (image from vogue.co.uk)|
|Michael van der Ham x Brora scarf £275 (image from vogue.co.uk)|
|Grace Coddington by Norman Parkinson (vogue.com)|
Finally, rumour has it that Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane will dress The Rolling Stones for their upcoming 50th anniversary tour. It makes perfect sense given Slimane is most famous for his super-skinny rock star aesthetic, doesn't get more Rolling Stones than that, does it?