The Good and Bad of Obama’s Bizarre Design Week


The Obama campaign has had a weird time with design over the last few days. First was the much-reported bad, wherein his new campaign seal looked a little too similar to the real presidential one, which seemed to rub people the wrong way for being too arrogant and the camp immediately vowed to retire it, with hopes that it won’t be spoken about ever again. But on the good side, albeit a super bizarre good side, it was announced that fashion designer Donatella Versace has dedicated her new collection of clothes to the candidate, as well having crafted the whole thing around Obama’s dressy-yet-casual look. So you take the good with the bad, some weeks, right? And since we like the guy, here’s a bit of that good and/or positively-but-weird part:

Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,” Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said.