This is Hillary Clinton’s week. The DNC got off to a rocky start, despite Trump’s continued treasonous hacking, but has been fairly calm given yesterday’s nomination of Hilldawg along with sublime speeches from Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, and—of course—Meryl Streep.
As we continue into a new DNC day, it seemed appropriate to do similar reportage on the party’s fashion as the Republicans got last week. Where will we go? To Hillary Clinton’s swag shop, one of my favorite stores online, which now features the Made For History collection, a t-shirt line from America’s most beloved design stars. Like who? Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Public School, Rag & Bone, and more. Twelve in total, there are some pretty fantastic designs that seamlessly integrate one’s patriotism with fashionability.
But which one looks the coolest? Let’s find out in this ranking of the Made For History collection.
12. Monique Pean
From the New York based jewelry designer, Pean’s shirt is a meditation on all of the policies and issues that Hillary stands for that resonated with Pean. It’s cute! You can appreciate how this packs keywords in and how it slides off the side of the torso. It loses points for the sleeve’s “Hillary For America” yet that seems to be required (more on that later). However, given how strong some of the other shirts are, Pean’s design comes in last.
11. Tanya Taylor
An embellished old American Apparel stripe tee, sure, Taylor‘s design is simple and cute, like a varsity patchwork shirt for a pep rally—and that’s exactly where Taylor was inspired from, given her description. This is super cute but it fails because of the damn AmAppy stripes which instantly date it to 2005 and add an unnecessary busyness. Moreover, it fails to go all the way. How so? Look how Taylor accessorized the shirt herself. This needs to be patched up in an accessible high-fashion way. Alas, let your personal style shine, America.
10. Georgina Chapman
Chapman is married to Harvey Weinstein and is the co-founder and designer of Marchesa. Fancy, right? Her shirt is a lovely embellishment of Hillary’s name but it seems so down. Why not bring the flowers to life with pastoral pinks and reds? It’s so…gothic? Also it loses points for me because I keep seeing it say “Billary” instead of “Hillary.”
9. Prabal Gurung
I do NOT understand why this is sold out yet it is, likely because Prabal is such a political design star: getting this shirt is the closest some people can get to dressing like Michelle Obama. It’s cute! But it falters because the design looks accidental, like a Magic Eye gone awry.
8. Marc Jacobs
Oh, Marc. You are so you, man. This is cute and cool and I want to love it; however, the overlaying of the design is a little busy, faux pop-art 3D—plus it’s a ringer tee? Too much, Marc. Instead of feeling sophisticated, it’s very Marc By Marc which is to say it’s very low budget bitch and going to close soon. Still: it is colorful and patriotic, in a futurist way.
7. Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane is an icon and her interpretation of this challenge was to fuse herself with Hillary, which I love. Her design is very Auntie Mame meets caligraphy practice meets stock image but somehow cute. Also, can you believe the gall / how brilliant Diane is for including her own name on the shirt? It comes off as a little love letter from Diane to Hillary, which is cute, but she is the only designer to turn this into a direct ad for herself.
6. Eva Fehren
Jewelry designer Eva Fehren‘s shirt is simple and direct and lovely: it calls Hillary what she will be called, in approachable handwriting. It feels dreamy and cool, like someone—Hillary or a young woman in middle school—is doodling her name over and over again as “Madam President” in the hopes that the dream will come true.
5. David Neville & Marcus Wainwright Of Rag & Bone
I am no fan of Rag & Bone but I can get with this shirt’s subtle, bro way of subverting Hillary’s now-iconic branding. Where this loses me is that it’s so masculine, so “Pssh: we men can make this logo work for men.” but also so delightfully abstract. Of all the shirts, this is the least direct in its hyping Hillary. That is laudable.
4. Pamela Love
Jewelry designer Pamela Love‘s shirt marries her aesthetic of light, delicate dreamy jewelry with that of empowerment through the words of Hillary: “Love Trumps Hate,” the phrase accompanied with the anti-Trump movement. Love’s take on the phrase is just so lovely, such a lightweight take on heavy words. Of all the shirts that feature the HRC name and branding—which they all mostly do, as these shirts are campaign material—this one is folded in in the best way possible, in a way that is elegant and serious.
3. Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osbourne Of Public School
Public School is the hottest label involved in the roster and, rightfully, their design is fantastic. It’s sold out! Clearly it’s a hit. The athletic inspired shirt that reads “MAKE HERSTORY” is a complete win for both Hillary and simplicity. The design takes a similar cue from Varsity styles like Tanya Taylor did before but this is much more successful because it lets powerful words do the talking instead of distracting stripes. The only failing of this shirt is that it’s now unavailable and only comes in one color way. Why couldn’t it have been pink? How fabulous would that have been?
2. Tory Burch
I love this shirt. Burch created a serious, beautiful, important call that—of all the quotes from HRC—really turns directly to why women’s rights are important. This turns to the conversation that so many are trying to smother and emboldens the beautiful feminist statement. The handwriting of the phrase is lovely as is the rainbow coloration. This shirt would have been my top pick had the back of the shirt been plain. But now? It’s desperate branded swag territory staining a fabulous design. But, I get it: it’s a political shirt. It has to loop everything back to voting and politics.
1. Joseph Altuzarra
I’m not even sure what to say? This graphic take on Hillary’s logo is every design nerd’s dream. It’s so cool and op-arty and not advertisey yet is. The black-and-white execution is fabulous and this easily is the type of swag that is directly a redirecting to HRC yet is abstract enough that it is artistic on its own. Well done, Joseph. This is just so fabulous. You win the political fashion game!