Presidential Fashion: Who would you elect Fashionista of the United States?

We’ve put together a list of influential people who we believe, if based on style and fashion sense alone, would make an outstanding President. Now is your chance to let your voice be heard! Who amongst these lucky few has the privilege and responsibility to be our country’s first Fashionista of the United States? Vote now and shape the fashionable history of this great nation and the Presidency of the United States!

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Fashion and politics have always had an intimate, even symbiotic, relationship. A President’s sense of style shapes both his chances of election as well as the cultural imprint he leaves for decades and centuries to come.

Let me prove my point: What do you visualize when you think of George Washington? A white wig and wooden teeth perhaps? What about Abraham Lincoln? Maybe a black top hat? And John F. Kennedy? Probably an image of a perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers suit or rolled up chinos and a polo shirt? And let’s not forget about the First Ladies of the United States. Think Michelle Obama and every dress ever, or Jackie Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson with their hats, white gloves, and sleeveless dresses. So, you see, a President’s legacy, at least in popular media, has as much to do with his sartorial intelligence as it does with his political wisdom.

The November 6th Presidential election is fast approaching and the race for our next President of the United States is heating up. For the next two months, when President Obama and Governor Romney step off their tour buses, enter into the debate rooms, or approach the microphone to address the millions of eager viewers, there will be one thing these candidates have down pact and under control: their fashion. We’ll listen to their ideas, entertain their promises, even appreciate their fervor. But what we’ll especially pay attention to is how they’re dressed. In this way, fashion really does rule the world.

1. The Olsen Twins
Can you say “co-presidents”??? The Olsen Twins have been setting fashion trends for decades and have several clothing lines to their name. Can they add a second Oval Office to the West Wing?

2. Michelle Obama
Step aside, Barack!  Although you may be one well-dressed President, Michelle clearly has you beat in the fashion department.  FLOTUS -> FOTUS???

3. Lady Gaga
The Mother Monster’s fashion sense may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that Gaga has a unique sense of style. From her infamous meat dress to her other outlandish costumes, you can always expect the unexpected.

4. Kate Upton
From landing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover to her countless other commercials and magazine shoots, Kate seems to be conquering the world in 2012.  Is the Presidency within her reach?

5. Ryan Gosling
Often referred to as the best dressed man in Hollywood, Gosling has been known to show off his unique fashion sense (a moss green suit, anyone?).  His fans even staged a protest outside the Time-Life building when Bradley Cooper won Sexiest Man Alive.

6. Bradley Cooper
The reigning Sexiest Man in the World can’t be left off this list, right?  The always dapper Cooper burst onto the scene as “that guy from Wedding Crashers,” but he has since become a household name in his own right and a heartthrob for ladies around the world.

7. Justin Timberlake
He brought sexy back, alright.  The former mouseketeer and *NSYNC singer has since grown up and become one of the leading style icons for men around the world. Frequently spotted wearing sleek suits, JT could be our stylist any day!

8. Jay-Z
He may have 99 problems, but style ain’t one!  One of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time, Jay-Z has also become a fashion symbol in his own right (having Beyonce on your arm helps too!)

9. Heidi Klum
This fashion mogul has proven her chops both walking the catwalk and as the host of her hit TV show “Project Runway”.  This smokin’ momma has been wowing us with her beauty and style since the mid-90s.

How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton

Have you ever authenticated your designer handbag? Is it real? Is it a fake? If you didn’t buy it new directly from the brand’s retail store or official web site, you may be one of the many millions of people who get duped by the alarmingly good knock-offs that exist.

Thanks to the combined knowledge of handbag addicts, experts and bloggers, we pieced together a list of 12 ways that can help you determine the authenticity of your favorite designer handbag. So check out our 12 ways to spot a fake Louis Vuitton. Once you do, we’re convinced you’ll take a break from the fake. Happy shopping.

How to Spot a Fake Louis Vuitton Handbag

1. Patterns: The LV monograms on a real bag will always line up horizontally and vertically, and they will never overlap with the zipper. The pattern will never repeat at an angle.

2. Stitching: Real Louis Vuitton bags have intricate, careful stitching. The stitching will be the same on similar places on the bag. For example, at all four spots where the handles connect to a Speedy bag, there will be 5 even stitches at the top of the connecting piece.

3. Fonts: Check the imprint on the inside of the bag. The “O” in a real Louis Vuitton will be an exact circle. The O on a fake Louis Vuitton may be closer to an oval.

4. Date codes: Starting in the early 1980s, Louis Vuitton imprinted the interior of all their bags with date codes. These are in the form of two letters and then 3 or 4 numbers. Real Louis Vuitton bags do not have “serial numbers” or any other markings that would be specific to a single bag.

5. Made in…: Louis Vuitton manufactures bags in France, the US, Spain, Germany and Italy. If a counterfeiter is careless enough to state where their fake was actually produced (in China for example) it is clearly a fake.

6. Interiors: The inside of a real Louis Vuitton is very simple, and rarely contains inner pockets with LV monogram patterns.

7. Dust bags: A real Louis Vuitton dust bag is simple, with either the LV monogram or the words “Louis Vuitton.” It does not contain any more information than that. A real dust bag will also be made of quality material (not cheap plastic) and will have square corners, not rounded edges.

8. Handles: Real Louis Vuitton handles are thin, spaced close together, and rarely wrapped in plastic.

9. Hardware: Real Louis Vuitton bags have brass and gold metal hardware, not plastic. Zippers will have LV printed on them.

10. Tags: Real Louis Vuitton bags do not have “Authenticity Cards.” They also never have tags attached to the bag. Tags will usually come with the receipt, or tucked into the inside.

11. Colors: Real Louis Vuitton multicolore bags contain at least 33 distinct colors. Fake multicolore bags have at most 20 colors.

12. The Golden Rule: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Real Louis Vuitton bags retain their value and often go up in value as they get older. Louis Vuitton does not wholesale their bags, nor do they have outlet stores. If you see a Louis Vuitton bag for substantially less than it cost new, it is most likely fake.

Maybe a good knock-off doesn’t matter to you. But we think designer handbags should be the real deal. Like an authentic work of art. HipSwap vintage and barely worn handbags are fabulous indeed. But they’re even more fabulous because we do our best to weed out the fakes, and showcase the gorgeous authentic beauties.

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