Obama’s Hate Couture Divas

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.

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  • robertpinkerton

    Fashion-chasing is an aberration of women with more dollars than sense, amusing to watch. However, for me as a man — and as a knuckle-dragging reactionary? — fashion sucks, and decent men have nothing to do with suck.

  • mrstarry76

    A baby onsie with the word "Obama" ….should include on the back, "one of the lucky ones"

  • Atikva

    If the picture of an old & wrinkled woman with ugly hands and a wig trying to emulate "the fly" is representative of the "haute couture", it is indeed good news that they limit themselves to catering to the tasteless Hollywood set.

    • http://www.facebook.com/christin.creighton Christin Marie Angela Creighton

      Are you sure that was a woman?

  • http://baersart.com Jane Baer

    To my fellow women: high fashion is stupid, by the time you are 20 you should have developed your own style…it is important that you do not buy high fashion unless you are so wealthy that you can put together looks from high fashion items as if you were putting together your own look from thrift store items.

  • Elaine Pacheco

    These Liberal designers have their forte in clothing and accessories. It has always amazed me that their otherwise stupidity somehow evaporates and other Liberal Democrats somehow see them as oracles, and fey. As for Anna Wintour, we hardly need a Socialist Brit telling us how great Socialism is, were it wonderful, she unattractive wan face would be permanently over in the UK. I hope the backlash to this is MASSIVE and NO Conservatives spend a dime on their clothing or accessories. My big question would be, so, are you a Jew Hater, and especially Iman, she’s a Somali, and I read her clitoris was amputated as a young girl. I would be asking do you also sabre rattle for the destruction of Israel, and the barbarism of Islam? Those hags really need to take on Islam if they want to go after a legitimate issue, or do they plan on weaving the Islamic clitoral amputations, stoning of women, and pedophilia into their clothing line themes?

    • Questions

      People with lots of money go for high-end fashion. I don't see anything uniquely "liberal" about that. For centuries, this has been par for the course in the royal courts of Europe.

  • tagalog

    I don't get it: Obama's not very funny, he's not all that hip, he's kind of a nerd or wonk or something similar, but he's the king of the fashionistas. Maybe they're monarchists and that's why they like him so much.

    Somehow I'm missing out on the Obamamania. It just escapes me.

    One thing's true, though: if Obama loses the election on November 6, he'll be utterly forgotten by the high-fashion types by the morning of November 7.

  • nunyainct

    Liberal designers are good with fashion and accessories. They are otherwise appallingly ignorant or outright stupid in other areas, and certainly geo political issues, the economy and heath care are areas representative of their stupidity. No Conservatives should spend a dime on their retail merchandise, and I hope the backlash on this is massive. Anna Wintour, as an unattractive hag, is hardly fey, or an oracle on world affairs, and since the UK is Socialist, were it so wonderful, she would live permanently across the pond. My question to these Liberal fools, is are you a Jew hater, and do you support the clitoral amputations of Islam? That question would go to Iman, since she is a Somali and I read her clitoris was amputated as a young girl, as is typical for Islamic countries. Perhaps the designers plan on incorporating the stoning of women, hanging of gays, and the pedophilia into a future clothing theme since they embrace Obama and his love of Islam and hatred of Israel.

  • Chiggles

    To think that these are the same people that the Democrats in 18th century France were herding to the guillotine.

    • dmw

      Except for maybe the make-up and hair segments of the fashion/beauty industry, appreciation of the head (complete with brain and the senses) has always seemed moot. For them it's only practical use is to decide to spend the money that keeps them in, uh, er, business. I wonder if they ever think about — when they ultimately get what they seem to want — if they will receive professional satisfaction from designing and producing government approved Mao like "fashions" (i.e. uniforms).

    • Questions

      I was not aware of the Democratic Party's existence in France during their Revolution. The American Revolution was almost completely different in every way from the French version. It is even more preposterous to link today's Democrats with the French Jacobins.

  • pierce

    Leave it to Michelle to tell it like it is. And tell it like it is she does. I have always appreciated her quick wit, she never ceases to amaze me. Keep it up, and don't let up.

  • Eva

    I hope my fellow Americans hit the libs where it hurts the most: on their wallets. Do not buy any of their pathetic, hideous "fashion" and do not read the cesspool of harlotry otherwise known as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, etc.

  • riverboatbill

    The Calif-in-Chief has no cloths.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    Apparently the Left's lack of vision extends into the world of business and marketing. I hope some savvy entrepreneur can figure out a way to make some bucks designing high fashion for the happening conservative of today. Why look like a dumpy Leftist when you can look like a smart conservative?

  • nightspore

    Fascinating. This is one of the most revealing things I've ever read about the Left.

  • fanlad

    And the truth be told, a lot of this elite, highbrow name brand fashion stuff is made in China. Not to loud,, let's not allow this secret to come out. Yes , you read it right, in China.. The Elite, High Brow, Utopian kettles calling the pot black. Once an elite utopian always an elite utopian, for most.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    The truly sad thing is that Anna Wintour thinks that hair style is flattering.

  • pierce

    I have complimented Michelle earlier on her articles, but I got to say that woman is unattractive. I am glad I don't have to look at, or live with her. Ugh

    • Questions

      You're half-right. Her articles are as unattractive as her scowling face.

  • Neal

    If conservatives boycotted this industry, we'd find out in a New York minute just how committed these little socialist wannabes are.

    • Questions

      What, then, would you wear?

  • posse101

    i'd pay 100 bucks to a picture of him inhaling a line of coke.

    maybe 200 bucks for a picture of him smoking a joint.

    maybe 300 bucks for a picture of him shaking hands with Tony Rezko.

    maybe 400 bucks for a picture of him hanging out with Bill Ayers

    i could go on but… you get the picture.

  • Mary Sue

    I knew fashion designers were mostly chiropteran-guano insane, but this takes the cake. They don't want republicans buying their products? That's as crazy as people not wanting to sell their products to people of various races.