Tees from the Runway To Win collection by Marc Jacobs and Beyoncé and Tina Knowles.
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The year 2012 is significant. Not only is there hoopla surrounding some sort of massive global shift, there's a presidential election on the horizon. As you might already know, President Barack Obama is up for reelection, and the fashion world—specifically Vogue editor Anna Wintour—wants to show emphatic support. Thus, in support of the Obama campaign, designers like Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung and multifaceted artists like Beyoncé and Diddy via his Sean John line have designed an affordable line of products called Runway to Win which features everything from t-shirts and tote bags to colorful scarves and patriotic nail polishes. What's more, they've put out a public call for guest designers (that means YOU!) to take part in the Runway to Win Design Challenge where one winner's design will be sold along with the designer collection. (#salute!) Oh, and did we mention there's also going to be a Chicago pop-up shop and full-on fashion event, too?
Taking place at Oprah Winfrey's former Harpo Studios in Chicago, the pop-up shop will feature the Runway to Win collection, and there will be a corresponding event hosted by Wintour and supermodel legend Iman. But if you didn't receive an invite (yep, still waiting for ours!), you can get still show your support in any of the dozen apparel and accessory choices Runway to Win is offering. We like the simple graphic message behind many of the $45 t-shirts like the Marc Jacobs "I Vote Obama" tee as well as the graffiti-esque slogan tee from Beyoncé and Tina Knowles for House of Dereon. There are so many to choose from, but if you're not into making a gigantic statement on the front of your entire person, go for one of the many spirited accessory choices instead.
Accessories from the Runway To Win collection by Rag & Bone, Thakoon Panichgul, and Derek Lam.
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We like the "Be the Change You Want to See" message on Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville's tote bag in all-American dark denim. Thakoon's silk Habotai scarf in a red, white, and blue pattern is completely gorge, very on-trend in a mixed print sort of way, and is all about showing support in a more subtle way if that's your bag. Speaking of bags, though, it's hard to resist Derek Lam's canvas tote in a totally mod red, white, blue, and purple zig zag print that screams both summer and fashionable patriotism all in one shoulder-hugging package. Do your part, stylish Americans!