While it might be easy enough to assume that the fashion industry has too much on its mind today — what with the opening of the new Gucci flagship on 5th Avenue and the fashion shows of Badgley Mischka, Rodarte, J. Mendel, Matthew Williamson, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tory Burch, and Narcisco Rodriguez — the truth is that politics are, in fact, very much in style. Among fashion designers, loyalties are divided between the two remaining Democrats. While Diane von Furstenberg ("I sincerely believe she's the best candidate"), Donna Karan, and Oscar de la Renta have all maxed out in campaign contributions for Hillary Clinton and Nicole Miller, Marc Jacobs, and Marc Bouwer have also voiced their support for HRC, while Obama has Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein at his sartorial (er, proverbial) side.
The top dogs among fashion magazine editors, however, are a little more tight-lipped about their political leanings, though they seem determined to let the world know that Fashion Week hasn't distracted them from their civic duties. Says Alexis Bryan, executive fashion editor for Vanity Fair: "Yes, of course I am going to vote — 8 a.m. before the Tse presentation. And I'll be voting for Obama — though if Hillary wins, I would be absolutely fine with that." Lesley Jane Seymour of More will be making her way to the polls today as well: "My biggest fashion accessory is going to be my Obama pin." But Elle editor-in-chief Roberta Myers would only proffer a "Yes, [I'm] voting, after I drop off my son at school" and Elizabeth Saltzman, international society editor for Vanity Fair, wouldn't name a candidate (though she does admit that she's going Democratic). And though fashion may have a reputation for being frivolous, no one in the industry would deny that fall trends aren't nearly as exciting as the fact that we'll elect a new president come November. Won't it be a lot more fun to think about clothes when the country isn't going down the drain?