Obama Fashion Round-Up: Hats, Sox and Other Controversies

Now that we have a fashionable First Family, with that change has come far more fashion design news. So here’s the latest Obama round-up. First, in response to the Black Artists Association‘s complaint that Michelle Obama didn’t select a black designer for her inaugural attire, the ire has turned back on the co-founder of the organization who made the initial comments, Amnau Eele, who is now being critiqued for what some are calling an unfair criticism, including the designer B Michael, who Eele discussed from the start, wondering why Mrs. Obama hadn’t selected someone like him. Second, although Barack Obama is a well-known, die hard White Sox fan (and with good reason, being as they are the greatest team ever), sometimes the fandom only goes so far, as his administration is asking that the Sox not begin selling a new hat design featuring the President’s campaign logo on its side. Finally, while designer Luke Song continues to rack up sales for his recreation of Aretha Franklin‘s inauguration hat as images of it simultaneously make the rounds among hundreds of thousands of internet jokes, the buzz created around the whole thing has lead the Smithsonian to ask if it might have the hat to include in its collection. At the moment, Franklin is considering it:

“It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” said Franklin. “I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.”