They say that fashion is a reflection of the times, but we all know that at least half of what’s on the market now is merely the picked-through upchuck of yesteryear. This is precisely why we support the idea of projecting the times onto fashion directly, in a style ultimately pioneered by #l33t hivemind oracle and overnight fashion success Wil Fry, a designer perhaps best known for his “Expensive” tee and “Portrait of Ian Connor” jersey and shorts set. Inspired by Fry, as well as the ensuing sublimation print craze of 2012-13, I created this “Portrait of Barack Obama” capsule collection, iterating the wily styles of the campaign trail’s “king of the youth” himself, as seen through the lens of old-fashioned American progress. If preferring politics to fashion is a crime, then indefinitely detain me, brah! This shit is so exclusive, not a single piece will ever be made.
The “Pot Meet Kettle” Button-Down:
Obama may claim he “could have been” Trayvon, but federal raids on legal Washington state weed dispensaries as recently as a week ago show that this administration is hardly 420-friendly. Non-violent drug offenders continue to rot away in our overcrowded prisons, while the war on pot continues to combat dire hypothetical crises such as Visine shortages and the social acceptability of hemp necklaces. If he’s really ready to stand up against criminalizing innocent, totally chill citizens, Obama needs to land a Complex cover wearing this button-down printed with an iconic pic of himself enjoying a pre-presidential toke. Hypocrisy: always the look in politics.
The “Guantanamo Bae” Bomber Jacket:
Shutting down inhumane facilities exempt from due process seems as if it would be timeless classic, but Obama has managed to keep it notably absent from his presidential wardrobe thusfar. Adding insult to literal injury, the atrocity of force-feeding procedures used regularly on hunger-striking Guantanamo prisoners was highlighted recently by Yasiin Bey, who was filmed while undergoing the experience himself. This cringeworthy jacket, accompanied by a failure to deliver on early campaign promises, is best worn with shame. To quote top-ranking official Rachel Zoe, “shut it down”.
The “..So I Know Is-Rael” Tee:
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a seemingly irreparable stalemate mired in decades of mutual extremism and disregard for beleaguered and trauma-stricken citizens on both sides, is all at once precarious and volatile. Earlier this year, Obama visited Israel with the open-ended objectives of promoting peace and continuing to ease the strained relationship between our two countries, in spite of justified accusations of favoritism coming from the Arab world. While, as to be expected, those in power continue to do the least dying, Kerry’s recent strides in reestablishing peace talks between Israel and Palestine has done something to refresh this tragic style. We still see more clashing in the future.
The “True Cost Of Wore” Short:
Giving “edgy” to the point of questionable is a surefire way to get the attention of the United States populace; precisely why it would have been illegal to make “soldiers’ coffin” sublimation shorts under the Bush administration. Representing our false sense of constitutional autonomy in a post-Dubya era, this #rare piece of Americana should serve as a reminder that trauma and death still aren’t limited edition.
The “I’d Cop” Hoodie:
Streetwear and politics just may be the 2 thirstiest demographics, ensuring record sales for our “I’d Cop” double-entendre hoodie. Now you can wear your consumer desperation with pride, while simultaneously showing your support for our increasingly militaristic police state and volunteering for the next Neighborhood Watch. We’re considering offering a discount for firearm owners.