Donald Trump is being sworn in as the next president in a matter of days, but some corners of the fashion world, it seems, would rather honor what could have been. At Balenciaga's Autumn/Winter menswear show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, creative director Demna Gvasalia stamped several pieces with a logo that borrowed heavily from that of erstwhile Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. "Balenciaga 2017" stood in place of the Vermont senator's first name atop lines of red and white on jackets and scarves.
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As Vogue noted, Sanders's actual logo had two lines underneath, while Balenciaga's version has three. Perhaps it was a way to elude any copyright laws, or maybe it was just Gvasalia taking some creative license. The collection builds on a wave of designers making political statements through their work as of late. Maria Grazia Chiuri's debut for Dior last season was loaded with feminist statements, including a T-shirt that bluntly read, "We should all be feminists." Gvasalia's pieces prove that fashion isn't letting up on the commentary anytime soon.
Still, whether the act of appropriation was an endorsement of Sanders's brand of democratic socialism or a move meant to bait the world's semiotics professors is likely to remain up for debate. In recent collections, after all, Gvasalia has also borrowed the uniform of DHL deliverymen and collaborated with Juicy Couture.
While the critics wrap their heads around it all, at least the incorrigible Bernie bro in your Facebook feed will have something to keep him warm on the midterm trail.