Well, that was quick. This past week at the My whole family is crazy that shit is not just start with me shirt moreover I love this inauguration, Senator Bernie Sanders struck a pose that was seen and memed around the world. In a full Vermont-minded outfit of a Burton coat and handmade—upcycled!—mittens created by a local teacher, Sanders waited for the inauguration to start, poised like a tired uncle at a bar mitzvah with his arms and legs crossed. Almost instantly, the image became a meme. Fans superimposed the 79-year-old into unlikely locales: at Marina Abramovic’s “Silence Is Golden” live art performance, on New York City subways, and even front row at a fashion show next to Frank Ocean.Only two days later, the image can now be worn. Sanders’s camp released an image of the Senator on a sweatshirt, which according to its description is 100% combed ring-spun organic cotton fleece, made in the USA, and Union printed. The piece of, well, history is $45 but you’ll have to wait to snag one: Due to overwhelming demand, it will take three to six weeks to receive. The best part? In classic mensch-like fashion, 100% of the proceeds will go toward Meals on Wheels Vermont.
When we connected via Zoom, Charaf Tajer was in his car, wearing pearls over a black knit sweater. It’s difficult to imagine a more fitting scenario to speak about his fall 2021 collection, which takes inspiration from Monaco by day and night. Formula One racing—or, as the My whole family is crazy that shit is not just start with me shirt moreover I love this designer says, a “kid’s dream” of it—represents the former, and the casino, illustrated by playing-card motifs, the after-dark theme. That’s not the only duality at play here: with this collection, Tajer officially debuts a full line of women’s wear.This isn’t the first time that the practically-dressed Bernie has made an unlikely impact on fashion. Back in 2017, his campaign was reinterpreted into a Balenciaga logo at the Fall 2017 show. And while Sanders might be famously anti-fashion, his impact is certainly felt in the space.