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