September 9, 2012

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Barack Obama, New York Fashion Week, and Sleeping with Democrats: A Guest Post

Today's post is brought to you by Marlisse Silver-Sweeney, a lawyer-turned-journalist, fashion enthusiast, and best of all, my roommate! You can follow her on Twitter at @MarlisseSS.

On Wednesday night, as Niki and I shoveled cheesecake Ben and Jerry’s into out mouths faster than Bill Clinton denied having sexual relations with Monica, we watched the fan favourite former Prez in rapture for over an hour as he delivered a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

It wasn’t until minute 50 when we realized we were missing a fashion party down in Brooklyn. How had a girl who didn’t even vote in the last federal Canadian election (guilty confession: I was eating cream filled desserts in Slovenia instead) traded the lure of free-flowing champagne and celebrities for politics?

I answer my question with another question – could you ever imagine Steven Harper’s face hand painted on leather and modeled at New York Fashion Week, or even Toronto Fashion Week? Okay, even your high school’s dry-grad-fund-raising-fashion-show?

Katya Leonovich Spring/Summer 2013 at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, September 8, 2012.

Yesterday, at Russian designer Katya Leonovich’s New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring Show, the final pieces in the collection were laser cut, hand painted leather evening gowns with President Obama’s face emblazoned across the models’ crotches. Perhaps the perfect piece for first lady Michelle Obama’s next public appearance?

Fashion designer Katya Leonovich.

In America, first ladies launch designers’ careers, the editor in Chief of Vogue hosts political fundraisers, and journalism students can gossip about Paul Ryan’s P-90 X habits while disguising it as intellectual discourse. Pass me the champagne and find me an immigration husband – I’m ready to vote.

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  1. haha i was wayy too caught up in the DNC this week as well, it was so addictive!

    xxx emma kathleen

  2. Fashion has its own politics or should I say that fashion has been influenced by politics.Either way, I'm pretty sure that the politicians are among the most fashionable figures in the world. after all, more than their intellect, they need to be beautifully-dressed to mask the ugly parts of their political careers.

  3. Great post!!
    I've nominated you for the versatile blogger award on my blog!!!