FASH­ION STATE­MENT!

FALL FASH­ION IS ALL ABOUT WEAR­ING YOUR POL­I­TICS ON YOUR SLEEVE.

Capitol File - - FULL FRONTAL - BY MARISSA MITROVICH

The cur­rent po­lit­i­cal dis­course in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal is show­ing up in a big way in this fall’s fash­ion. In ad­di­tion to trends like vel­vet ev­ery­thing and clas­sic black-and-white check, po­lit­i­cally in­spired mes­sag­ing fea­tures in the ready-to-wear col­lec­tions of ev­ery­one who’s any­one.

The run­way star for An­napo­lis-born Chris­tian Siri­ano is a T-shirt pro­claim­ing PEO­PLE ARE PEO­PLE. It’s no sur­prise that his line in­cludes a must-have tee with a hu­man rights mes­sage—he al­ways knows what a woman wants, and he de­signs for ev­ery woman. Alice + Olivia of­fers a BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD T-shirt. The brand’s East-meets-West col­lec­tion sug­gests pair­ing this mantra, of­ten at­trib­uted to Gandhi, with a se­quined power suit. And the Row—very sub­tly, in its un­der­stated, swoon-wor­thy way—nods to pol­i­tics with its cur­rent col­lec­tion by del­i­cately em­broi­der­ing words like UNITY and

FREE­DOM onto gar­ments. Nancy Pearl­stein, owner of DC’s avant-garde bou­tique Rel­ish, is right in step with this fash­ion mo­ment. Rel­ish and the brand 6397 have cre­ated a chic po­lit­i­cally in­spired T-shirt with “(202)” printed on the front, in a strong rep for DC, and the Con­gres­sional switch­board num­ber on the back. “It’s more im­por­tant than ever [to be po­lit­i­cally ac­tive],” says Pearl­stein. “We hope our shirts spark en­gage­ment in the po­lit­i­cal process, re­gard­less of af­fil­i­a­tion.” 202 T-shirts are avail­able at Rel­ish, 3312 Cady’s Al­ley NW, 202-333-5343; rel­ishdc.com.

CLOCK­WISE FROM HERE: A model at the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Ben­det Fall 2017 show; Rel­ish’s (202) shirt; Chris­tian Siri­ano’s on­mes­sage PEO­PLE ARE PEO­PLE tee.

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