Paris, France (Rotters) – European and American fashion designers this fall are embracing the color orange. Fresh on the heels of a successful movement in the Ukraine presidential election to the popular Orange Revolt in Israel’s Gaza strip, to the “Frog March” craze in the United States, designers, it seems, are listening to the public. No less than twelve of Europe’s most famous designers unveiled orange lines and accessories in the Fall fashion show in Paris.
Meanwhile, in the United States, a small new fashion design company based out of New York City, known simply as “46664” is taking the the country by storm, one mall at a time. 46664 has earned millions in its first year by concentrating on one particular color, which it calls “Correctional Orange”.
Chief designer for 46664, Patty Fitzgerald stated, “Orange is versatile… it represents so many things. A brisk fall afternoon, a cold glass of juice, danger, risk, change, standing out in a crowd, incarceration, and ultimately redemption. A person in orange says, “You can’t make me!”…”
What began as joke T-shirts is now branching out into other fashions in America. 46664 recently put on a celebrity fashion show in Washington, DC to rave reviews. The show was put on as a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and featured noted controversial politicians and journalists. Striding down the walkway for the cause were Bush Administration officials, Condoleezza Rice, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, and New York Times journalist Judith Miller. all are noted for their possible involvement in the Valerie Plame incident currently under investigation.
“One of the goals of 46664 is to desensitize the public to incarceration and imprisonment… to show that people can, and do, get on with their lives.” continued Fitzgerald. “The Martha Stewart story is truly inspirational to us all. Why must people also be punished with the clothes they’re forced to wear behind bars… a sense of style is good for morale and helps the time move faster. With more of our population migrating behind bars, America, is fast approaching a time when key leaders and thinkers may have to continue their positions behind bars, and they’ll have to look professional… “Frog March”, what a demoralizing and dehumanizing term…”
46664 is currently in secret negotiations with a number of women’s correctional facilities throughout the country to revamp prison issue clothing, and if studies prove successful, they will begin work on men’s clothing.