In a cruel twist of fate, students wearing items from a prolific New York skating brand will be temporarily banned from the hub, Returning Officer rules in a landmark decision.
The Returning Officer™ has actually responded to an election complaint by enacting a swift course of action. The ruling follows alleged sightings of students sporting t-shirts, jumpers and skateboards plastered with the Supreme label in a campus exclusion zone. In what comes as an election first, it appears that students are confusing the Unite ticket’s campaigning material with the prolific skate fashion brand, Supreme.
Catering to the skating youth sub-culture, Supreme is a fashion label from New York that is popular amongst the 16–26 age group. Coincidentally, this demographic can also fall into the category of undergraduate students.
The returning officer has observed the designs of both label and ticket material and believes that it is reasonable to conflate the two brands, concluding that they share a striking resemblance.
This is met with dismay from Unite organiser, Elder Hack whose decision to rebrand with the Italic IMPACT font has worked favourably for the Labor Club in reversing its chronically waning vote (2017/18 Progress alliance, anyone?). In fairness, however, credit is also due to the soaring popularity of Elder Hack, whose cult-like following is comparable to that of a missionary worker’s ability to recruit many True Believers 👀.
The Labor club is a broad church (though not broad enough to accommodate for the Labor-aligned Activate ticket, and that is another story, folks), claims that it is vital for students of all leanings to get involved with their student union and vote on how SSAF money is spent.
But much like the nature of a Hypebeast, Unite vows to change its tactics to suit the seasons.
For example, apathy is no longer fashionable, therefore cutting ties with the dominant, international student ticket Progress was pivotal.
This year, Unite is vying for some Whitlam-era nostalgia; its Facebook page promises to “build student capacity to learn and achieve their goals” and “foster a sense of belonging in learning communities”. Compare this to Activate, with a stale-yet nourishing free-breakfast policy that has been the backbone of its decade long campaign, who doesn’t appear in a quick search — this will in fact lead to the “Activate Student Ministry” which you can join should you wish to feel good about yourself.
The temporary ban on Supreme clothing shouldn’t be too much of a problem on campus or for Unite HQ. Supreme does not reign ~ supreme ~ when compared to streetwear brands like Thrasher and Stussy which are still safe to wear on campus.
Hot election fashion tip? High-Street is out and designer is in, baby. Balenciaga, MCM or Vetements is king. Or, thrifted items from Vinnies, yeah, that shit is still hot. Who says we don’t have a dwindling middle-class in Australia?
On Dit has reached out to Supreme for comment. Supreme has not responded as of yet.