And so the morality comedy (tragedy?) currently being acted out in public over the importance of appearance continues. Last week at a fundraiser in California, President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris “brilliant,” “dedicated,” and “tough”—and then added she was also “the best looking attorney general”. Guess what everyone wrote about the next day? Guess who had to apologise? Guess what I can’t help wondering? Read more
Ok, well, those political pundits had to talk about something when the first day of the Republican convention got cancelled. So on what have they focused their searing analytical eyes? The news that Glamour magazine, the elephant (yes, the Republicans have a creeping influence on our linguistic sub-conscious) in the Conde Nast stable, has snagged an interview with President Obama. The general reaction: Glamour ergo fluff. But is this fair? Read more
The electorate in general may be voicing ambivalence about the current administration (though it’s unclear who the alternative will be, or what they will think of him), and Wall Street may be swinging toward Mitt Romney, but one sector, at least, is standing by the current President: Fashion. In this election, as in the last, a number of America’s highest profile designers have stood up to lend their names and creative skills to fund-raising for their candidate. Today Runway to Win, a web site created by the DNC and the Obama re-election committee, is “previewing” products from 23 designers, all working under their own names, not their brand names, whose proceeds will go toward the melee to come.
President Obama, his VP, and John Boehner’s Republicans may be butting heads in every other area of political and economic policy, but sartorially, they’re in harmony: not copying each other, but coordinating. I wonder (it would certainly be nice to believe) if perhaps there’s more diplomatic discussion going on behind the scenes between Mr Boehner and Mr Biden than the Tea Partiers might have us believe. Read more
Out with the old, in with the – well, old-but-newly promoted. Rahm Emanuel is going to run for mayor of Chicago and Pete Rouse is going to be interim chief of staff to President Obama, and the great and good of political punditry are twittering (literally and metaphorically) about the two men and their different “styles.” Read more
The White House is not the only entity thinking stimulus this week. Just after Obama announced his new plan to get the economy moving, Fashion’s Night Out version 2.0, aka this year’s bigger and better sequel to last year’s global consumption-spurring party, was launched. Read more