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Bernie Sanders Responds To The ‘Bizarre’ Fashion Collection He Inspired

It’s not exactly a Bern, but close.
02/06/2017 04:53pm ET | Updated February 20, 2017

The idea of being a fashion icon doesn’t exactly fit Bernie Sanders like a glove.

Yet, his Democratic party presidential campaign inspired Balenciaga’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection, which was shown last month during Paris Fashion Week.

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A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week.

The logo used in the collection very closely resembles the Vermont senator’s campaign logo:

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Balenciaga's logo and Sander's logo.

And you could see the emblem in the collection’s shirts, scarves …

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The collection was showed on January 18.

… and bomber jackets.

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This Sanders-inspired jacket has some serious shoulders.

With this information in mind ― or in his producers’ minds ― CNN host Jake Tapper begrudgingly asked Sanders an “admittedly rather frivolous” question over the weekend.

“I want to ask you about this bizarre sighting at Paris Fashion Week from Balenciaga” Tapper said. “Did you ever think you would become a fashion icon?”

“Not quite,” Sanders responded with a laugh. “Of my many attributes, being a great dresser or a fashion maven is not one of them.”

We don’t know, Bernie, that coat you wore to Trump’s inauguration was kind of dope!

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Senator Bernie Sanders' coat: kind of dope. 
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