Versace Dedicates Fashion Line to Obama

By Nitya

Jun 23, 2008 11:09am

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., describes himself as a "down-to-earth guy" but how many among the common class can say they inspired a Versace collection? On Saturday night, Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2008 collection — filled with tailored suits and scarves instead of ties — to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee describing the candidate as the "man of the moment". Obama himself has described his approach to wardrobe as "fairly standard". In April, defending himself against charges of elitism and pushing back on his categorization as the "GQ candidate", Obama said "I think this is a fairly standard suit here…I basically buy five of the same suit, and then I patch them up and wear them repeatedly". Obama added that he had "four pairs of shoes". (It’s worth noting that the Obama campaign refused to divulge the brand names of either suit or shoe.) Still as far as the international fashion scene is concerned, between the five suits and four pairs of shoes, the Illinois Democrat must be doing something right. Versace described the Obama-dedicated style as one designed for "a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power." She also offered some fashion advice for any politicians who hoped for follow suit. "I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt," Versace told the Associated Press.

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