The US presidency of Donald Trump hasn’t even begun yet, and the ride already looks bumpy, what with people crashing the Canadian immigration site even before the results were out and the widespread protests soon after. But the rocky road isn’t for just Donald, but even his wife Melania.
The former Slovenian model is being hailed as the most glamorous US First Lady since Jackie Kennedy (who was renowned for her grace and style), while also coming off really low on the popularity rating — possibly overthrowing even Hillary Clinton herself, when she was FLOTUS. Not only that, there seems to be a growing contingent of well-known designers, including Marc Jacobs and Sophie Theallet, refusing the First Lady-to-be. The latest to join the list is Tom Ford, who has in fact already once declined to dress Melania.
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During a recent discussion on The View, Ford – who is a Democrat and voted for Clinton – said, “I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined; she’s not necessarily my image.” He added that “even had Hillary won she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes, they’re too expensive. They’re not artificially expensive, it’s how much it costs to make these things. I think the first lady has to relate to anybody.”
Previously, Marc Jacobs had reportedly said he had no interest in dressing Melania Trump, and would rather focus his energy on helping those who will be hurt by Trump and his supporters. Sophie Theallet, of course, created quite a splash when she tweeted out an open letter stating her reason to not dress Melania and urging other designers to do the same.
Ahead of the US presidential elections, the fashion fraternity had collectively come together in droves to support Clinton’s candidature, following Michelle Obama’s efforts to promote upcoming designers as well as often use her sartorial sensibilities to make a political, social and cultural statement – an ideology the fashion fraternity had hoped would have continued with Clinton.