Designer Jean-Charles de Castlebajac's spring 2009 collection features fashion with Sen. Barack Obama's image superimposed. This photo appears in the current edition of French Elle.
While riding in a taxi across Paris, I heard a radio announcer interviewing Jean-Charles de Castelbajac about his designs. He said the Obama image is not intended in a political sense, but to represent a new generation of ideas, change and optimism. The radio announcer then talked about coverage of the American election on November 4th. In French, I told the cabdriver, "I hope Obama wins; it's important for the United States." He agreed, saying, "It's not only important for the United States, but for the whole world that wants peace, not war."