I doubt I need to give any background to the ‘Presidential Major Moment’ currently hitting headlines around the world. Looking through pictures of President Obama’s (how unbelievably cool is that?!) inauguration, I couldn’t help but let my mind wonder onto more sartorial matters. It struck me that while the new First Lady was rocking a very diplomatic Isabel Toledo (Cuban-born, American-based designer) outfit, Barack looked rather bland in his suit and red tie. But it appears that this outfit is a rather well-worn fashion formula…
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Avid Brandishers will know that we have more than a little soft spot for the man who looks really ruddy likely to be the next U.S President: Barack Obama, so it comes as no surprise that, yes, this is another Obama related post. Though this is not really in any way related to fashion it has been doing the rounds on many of the fashion and culture websites so I thought I’d give it it’s due here on old Brandles.
This short film by 60Frames Entertainment is a pro Obama take on that old main stay of phone answering hilarity: the Budweiser “Wassup” advert. This ad is pretty darned funny even though my memories of the inspiration are tainted by living through a period of my life where I can’t remember making a phone call that wasn’t answered with “WASSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!”
It has been a few weeks now since I last posted something Obama related, not that the fashion world hasn’t been punctuated almost daily with a new label pushing the Obama cause with some special edition T-shirt or sneaker- something that has been unheard of for any other Presidential Candidate. Could you really see Clinton’s face on the toe box of a Dunk? Neither can I, Monica Lewinsky’s box on the other hand… Ho-ho-ho, I jest. It has got to the stage now where you could have an entire weeks worth of wardrobe clad head to toe in top fashion brands bearing the visage of Barack.
Andre Benjamin (also known as Andre 3000) is taking part in the latest ‘Declare Yourself’ campaign which urges American youths to cast their vote as to who should be the next President of their country. Christina Aguilera and Jessica Alba also star in the campaign but it’s Andre’s image that has caught my attention.
Gagged with one of his own bow-ties, the campaign tells that “only you can silence yourself.”
Some more Barack action for you after last weeks “O-Face” debacle where I, possibly incorrectly attributed the inspiration for the Barack “O-Face” Obama t-shirt to that scene in “Office Space” and was subsequently correct by Jason whose explanation does make more sense. In my defense may I say that on the UNDR-CRWN website “Office Space” is attributed as the inspiration for said T, so you know I’m not just making this stuff up. Just saying.
Tit for tat over I draw your attention to the t-shirt Idris Elba was wearing for the new Guy Ritchie film “RocknRolla” which premiered in London last night. Big Driis the Londoner was showing his support for the Democrat candidate in highly under dressed form, looking more like he was repainting his shed rather than on the red carpet at a world premiere. Someone needs to set a dress code, seriously. Scruffiness aside this is another example of Obama’s visage penetrating into pop culture in a way that is unprecedented for a presidential candidate. If Barack wins in November will he be the coolest president the world has ever seen? Because we are all whole heartedly buying into the brand Obama.
Others who graced that red carpet last night looking sharper than Idris included Guy Ritchie, Madonna- who wore more than a leotard an act which our eyes thank you for Madge, Gerrard Butler, Thandie Newton, Toby Kebbell and Leon Jackson to name but a few.
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The man is back, and seemingly the t-shirt world cannot get enough of the 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate. Barack “O-Face” Obama is gracing many a piece of apparel in the lead up to the election, the inspiration for this latest piece from UNDR-CRWN is random at best and I’m failing to see any tangible link between the O-Face scene from Office Space and our man B.O, once again proving that humour is just Barack Obama set against almost anything.
He’s back! The man, the legend, the enigma that is the Democratic presidential candidate; Barack Obama. The man comes in many guises including a t-shirt we featured a few weeks ago and one we featured a few months ago, and now you could (maybe) have his visage on your feet with these Mobama Dunks.
Artist Virtual Mo created these at the Nike Innovation Kitchen and have Obama’s face lasered onto the toe box of the right shoe as well as other laser printed details. Release wise there are only two pairs in existence, but rumour has it that as the Presidential Election heats up there may be a limited release of these bad boys, so keep your ear to the ground.
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