As the C-SPAN live stream cameras hover over the room, providing an aerial glimpse of the floor, it’s like looking through a kaleidoscope, or maybe a truly miserable picture of Hieronymus Bosch. This week has seen the 118th Congress vote a remarkable tenth (and counting) failure to elect a speaker, which would be chaotic in itself. But when you look at the clothes, things are even wilder: it’s a black smoke and navy blue coat and skirt, spread out on a royal blue carpet dotted with golden garlands. One fish, two fish, red tie, blue tie. Occasionally, a hazy bipartisan purple or yellow tint. “Washington’s wardrobe is so standardized that any deviation from the norm is prominent, especially on TV.” write Vanessa Friedman’s New York Timesmention the new senator of Pennsylvania John Fetterman’s new suit. Politicians have long used clothing to reinforce or subvert their message. But this week, it’s hard to know where to look.
Which says! At first, it was easy to draw people’s attention to George Santos, the elected Republican representative from Queens, who arrived in Washington this week in a rut. a true false network of bonkers. On his first day in the Capitol, Santos wore a thin periwinkle sweater under his navy jacket and sat mostly alone—looking like Washington Post described him, “very much like a freshman at a prep school in hell.” That day, a photographer caught him yawn midway, face tensed in a single Ducreuxian inhalation; then he made the fake Twitter Menswear of wear a backpack over a suit. The next day, and the day after, he wore a pair of Clark Kent bold-rimmed glasses—again identity?—and mingle with his new far-right friends. According to my colleague, the famous Cam Wolf watch, on Santos’ wrist is…a Cartier Santos watch, Forbes Irresistible hints can also be fake.