‘What Candidate Are You Wearing?’

Taking the political pulse in the corridors of fashion.

But perhaps the electoral—and sartorial—preferences of the fashion crowd come most sharply into focus when I steal a few minutes with Patrick McMullan and his son Liam before the show begins. Patrick, a Clinton supporter, is maybe the most celebrated party photographer in the city, the country—even the world!—and is wearing a very traditional Calvin Klein suit. When I ask him rudely if he paid for it, he rolls his eyes and says, "Oh, I paid—I paid for it in work."

And what does his 20-year-old son, who has a sweet demeanor and a wild halo of hair, do for a living? Is he a student? A model? Liam looks a little uncertain, then says, "A writer, I guess. I do whatever—I'm a Renaissance boy." Tonight, the Renaissance boy is clad in a sweatshirt inscribed "Hide the Drugs," made by some friends of his.

"I like Obama," Liam tells me as the house lights dim and the first model of the first show of Fashion Week sashays down the runway. "He promises a lot."

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