As President Trump has repeatedly pointed out, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is the “unhinged face of the Democrat Party.”
Now her mug is literally emblazoned on a black sleeveless “luxe streetwear” number from Mexican-American high-fashion designer Willy Chavarria’s latest collection.
Willy debuted the tribute to Waters at Men’s Fashion Week in New York City over the weekend. The men’s top features the word “Fighter” above a black and white image of the 79-year-old career politician gazing off into the distance.
The “SS19” collection also includes a sweatshirt with “American” printed upside-down, and another with an inverted American flag, Elle reports.
Waters has repeatedly called to impeach President Trump over allegations of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election and a long list of other political grievances. More recently, she called on her followers to harass Trump’s cabinet members in public whenever possible, sparking numerous protests and dangerous confrontations in the weeks since.
Willy told WWD he wanted to salute Waters because she “inspires me not to take s**t from people.”
SS19’s “seasonal assortment centers around the theme of immigration and how it benefits American culture,” according to Highsnobiety. It includes “oversized outerwear, baggy denim and shorts, T-shirts with immigration-inspired graphics, soccer kits in collaboration with Danish brand Hummel.”
“The joint effort hones in on the positivity of the sport and all those who play as a game of both unity and aggression,” the style site reports.
His spin on soccerwear served as part one of a two-part spring collection.
For his main line, Chavarria said he pulled from Latino culture of the early Aughts on the East and West Coasts. The “baggy silhouettes” from Venice and Culver City were juxtaposed with the “long rise pants tucked into Timberlands” that defined the urban landscape in the Bronx and Harlem in that era.
The nostalgia kicked into high gear with Chavarria’s take on Polo Sport references: upside-down American flags, yellow trenchcoats and the word America printed upside down on the front of sweatshirts.
There was also a “huge immigration influence” in the collection that Chavarria referenced in graphic details on T-shirts and hoodies.
SS19 builds on Willy’s SS18, from his winter 2018 show in February, when “black and brown models walked down the runway with pained expressions and tears on their faces, possibly symbolling the effect of police brutality, violence, and other tragedies plaguing minorities,” according to Elle.
Unfortunately, many immigrants, particularly recent immigrants, likely won’t be able to afford Willy’s high-dollar fashions.
The collection isn’t officially launching until February 2019, but a billowing sleeveless shirt on his website, one similar to the recently debuted Waters tribute, costs a whopping $165.