Melania Trump will not only be first lady of the United States, but once again front and center of the fashion world. Much like the Hollywood celebrities, there’s no doubt which side the fashion world supported during the US presidential campaign. First Lady Michelle Obama and the Democrats’ vanquished presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been favorites with fashion designers, but as President elect Donald Trump prepares to take over the White House so does his First Lady to be, Melania Trump…
While Melania Trump’s fashion choices this election season have garnered much attention- she famously wore a $1,100 hot pink Gucci p—y-bow silk top to the second presidential debate and an all-white off-the-shoulder Ralph Lauren jumpsuit on election night- some fashion designers have already spoken out against dressing Melania. You would think as the future first lady she would have a host of labels clamoring to style her; so who’s in and who’s out when it comes to dressing the former model in the White House?
Sophie Theallet- a 52-year-old French-born NYC-based designer who grew to prominence by dressing current first lady Michelle Obama on a number of occasions since 2009- posted an open letter via Twitter stating that she refuses to dress the Trumps. In addition to eliminating herself from the potential list of designers who may dress Melania Trump during her tenure, Theallet is encouraging other designers to follow her lead and join the boycott.
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady,” Theallet wrote in the open letter. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”
Tom Ford, one of America’s most talented and iconic fashion designers, has also refused to dress Melania Trump. He revealed that he has no desire to dress Melania, and has already refused to work with her in the past, saying his clothes are ‘too expensive’ for her to wear as First Lady. Ford was asked wouldn’t the new first lady look great in his clothes because she is quite beautiful and thin, but he explained his reason for passing on the offer by stating: ‘Well, she’s not necessarily my image.’
Marc Jacobs, too, stated that he has no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump, further explaining, “Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by Trump and his supporters.”
Derek Lam, who has been slammed on social media when expressing an opinion about the election outcome, says doesn’t see himself getting involved with the Trump presidency either. The designer explained that he finds it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady, and that he would rather concentrate his energies on efforts towards a more just, honorable and a mutually respectful world.
Phillip Lim also said that they do not have a current relationship with Mrs. Trump and he doesn’t foresee a relationship developing under the Trump administration, “As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals that we have authentic relationships with — ultimately, women and men that share similar set of values, desires and ideologies: inclusion, diversity, justice, consciousness, innovation…”
However, some designers have stated that they would love to dress Melania including American Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne and Diane Von Furstenberg.
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle as well.” Hilfiger weighed in.