• Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia recreated Bernie’s campaign logo to read ‘Balenciaga’ and stamped it on jackets and hoodies 
  • The 75-year-old presidential hopeful was amused by the luxury line he inspired
  • Sanders said he doesn’t consider himself fashionable 

Jordan Gass-Poore for Dailymail.com

In response to Balenciaga’s Bernie Sanders-inspired menswear line, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the Vermont senator on Sunday’s State of the Union if he ever thought he’d be a fashion icon.

‘Bizarre sighting at Paris fashion week from Balenciaga. Take a look, these are a number of people, models on a runway in Bernie clothes. Did you ever think that you would become a fashion icon?’ 

‘Not quite’, Sanders said with an amused laugh. ‘Of my many attributes, being a great dresser or a fashion maven is not one of them’. 

Bernie Sanders inspired Balenciaga's fall menswear collection
Bernie Sanders inspired Balenciaga's fall menswear collection

Bernie Sanders inspired Balenciaga’s fall menswear collection

The high-end fashion designer reworked Sanders's red-and-blue presidential campaign logo and put it on jackets and scarves
The high-end fashion designer reworked Sanders's red-and-blue presidential campaign logo and put it on jackets and scarves

The high-end fashion designer reworked Sanders’s red-and-blue presidential campaign logo and put it on jackets and scarves

Sanders’s fashion tastes are more in line with the off-price department store Marshalls than Balenciaga, the high-end fashion designer inspired by the presidential hopeful.  

Balenciaga teased its fall menswear line at Paris Fashion Week, featuring Sanders-inspired T-shirts, high-shouldered bomber jackets, blanket scarves and even manicures.

The items were created in the same style as Sanders’s red-and-blue presidential campaign logo. But instead of his name, they read ‘Balenciaga’. 

Balenciaga's Fall 2017 Men's collection showed in Paris last month
Balenciaga's Fall 2017 Men's collection showed in Paris last month

Balenciaga’s Fall 2017 Men’s collection showed in Paris last month

The logo was reworked from saying 'Bernie 2016' to 'Balenciaga 2017'
The logo was reworked from saying 'Bernie 2016' to 'Balenciaga 2017'

The logo was reworked from saying ‘Bernie 2016’ to ‘Balenciaga 2017’

Some of the models also wore ill-fitting suits that seemed to mimic Bernie's style
Some of the models also wore ill-fitting suits that seemed to mimic Bernie's style

Some of the models also wore ill-fitting suits that seemed to mimic Bernie's style
Some of the models also wore ill-fitting suits that seemed to mimic Bernie's style

Some of the models also wore ill-fitting suits that seemed to mimic Bernie’s style

Want one? There isn't yet information on pricing or whether the pieces will be in stores
Want one? There isn't yet information on pricing or whether the pieces will be in stores

Want one? There isn’t yet information on pricing or whether the pieces will be in stores

The sweaters were layered over plaid button-downs and paired with sneakers
The sweaters were layered over plaid button-downs and paired with sneakers

The sweaters were layered over plaid button-downs and paired with sneakers

Several of the items looked like they could have been pulled from a Bernie Bro's closet
Several of the items looked like they could have been pulled from a Bernie Bro's closet

Several of the items looked like they could have been pulled from a Bernie Bro’s closet

Twitter has been reacting to the collection and people seem intrigued
Twitter has been reacting to the collection and people seem intrigued

Twitter has been reacting to the collection and people seem intrigued

Nail artist Mei Kawajiri added corresponding nail art for the men
Nail artist Mei Kawajiri added corresponding nail art for the men

Nail artist Mei Kawajiri added corresponding nail art for the men

Balenciaga’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, added a third swoosh underline and placed ‘2017’ off-center, whereas Sanders’s logo only had two underlines and the ‘2016’ was centered. 

Indirect nods to the 75-year-old included oversize, loose-fitting suits, button-downs, ties and boxy blazers. 

The average price of a Balenciaga men’s T-shirt is $275, while an official Sanders T-shirt emblazoned with his 2016 presidential campaign logo is $25. 

Some social media users noted the irony that the French luxury brand would draw inspiration from Sanders, who vocally campaigned for working-class and low-income Americans.   

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