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The New York Times published a piece today on patriotism in fashion. With the elections, the Olympics, and the Fourth of July just around the corner, it seems our flag is making all kinds of fashion cameos. Charles Nolan rightly gets a shoutout for his red, white, & blue Resort collection. The Speedo by Rei Kawakubo collaboration, which will be unveiled this weekend, is also given attention to this end. There's some confusion as to whether the Versace show was explicitly conjuring Barack Obama's personal style, or whether the collection was inspired by "an Obama kind of guy"...or something like that. It seems a bit silly to us, the fact that the house even has to defend themselves by saying, "It was the type of man Barack Obama represents that inspired the men's spring/summer 2009 collection". Uh, thanks for the clarification. Talk about doublespeak. New York shopping website Racked is going green. The site, which painstakingly criticizes, reviews, and scoops retail news, has started a feature called, "This Store Blows" in which readers write in and report the retail spots that blast air conditioning with the door open, luring customers in with cold air. Such a little feature could create a powerful divide in the New York retail scene. After all, it's the French Connections and Steve Maddens of the city, so far, that blow. Lagerfeld, organized man that he is, has staked Venice, Italy as the location of his Resort show in 2010. Our day planners don't run that far in advance, but yeah, we'll be there.