In perhaps the most unusual outcome of the 2016 presidential election, an election that boggled the minds of political strategists and pundits for many reasons, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has emerged as a Paris fashion icon.
The French fashion house Balenciaga has unveiled Bernie-themed haute couture such as a bomber jacket with an oversized Sanders logo on the back and a Bernie T-shirt pulled over a designer flannel and hoodie.
The designs are the work of Balenciaga’s creative designer, Demna Gvasalia, who has also debuted an oversized scarf in the colors of Sanders’s campaign, which he matched on a model with white tennis shoes that a septuagenarian might wear.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sanders on Sunday about the surprising twist in high-end fashion, something all the more unexpected because Sanders championed working-class and low-income Americans during the campaign.
“Bizarre sighting at Paris fashion week from Balenciaga. Take a look, these are a number of people, models on a runway in Bernie clothes. Did you ever think that you would become a fashion icon?” Tapper asked Sanders during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
That prompted an amused laugh from Sanders, whose fashion tastes are more in line with Marshalls than Balmain or Yves Saint Laurent.
“Haha. No, not quite Jake. I think that of my many attributes, being a great dresser or fashion maven is not one of them,” he said.
Sanders once told National Journal’s Ben Geman that “I admire your taste in fashion” after he spotted the reporter wearing a blue sports coat purchased at Marshalls.
Sanders held his sleeve up next to reporter’s while delivering the complement and appeared to be wearing the exact same blazer.