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.