We should have expected that not everyone would be a fan of President Barack Obama‘s fashiony fundraiser, Runway to Win. On Tuesday, the Republican National Convention released a video characterizing the fashion show and resulting product line, organized by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, as an elitist spectacle that recession-stricken Americans can’t afford to participate in.
The YouTube video features a few of the items that designers produced for the collaboration, including a $40 set of nail polishes from Richard Blanch, a $75 Tory Burch tote bag and two $95 scarves from Monique Pean and Thakoon. “Watching the Obama campaign host a ritzy NYC fashion show while 12 million Americans remain out of work?” the video asks. “Priceless.”
The president has been roundly attacked for being too highbrow to actually be in touch with working class Americans (dude went to Harvard, after all), but lately the immensely wealhy GOP front runner Mitt Romney has been getting slammed for his inability to connect with people who have low incomes. A few weeks ago, he said the $374,000 he earned from public speaking appearances in 2011 as “not very much.” What better opportunity to make Obama look like just as much of an elitist snob than to mock him for hocking well-priced pieces of fashion (all of the Runway to Win items retail for $95 or less) than to make fun of his “ritzy” runway show in New York City?
Political attack ads might not be very chic, but they’re probably going to start getting fashionable and popular real quick. Watch the RNC’s first volley below.