|The First Couple - Donald J. and Melania Trump|
Is Fashion’s Love Affair With Washington Over?
|With all the money famous designers poured into Hillary Clinton's campaign, they are disappointed she lost|
It was striking that on election night, for example, while Melania Trump also wore Ralph Lauren (a white jumpsuit), the outfit was, according to the brand, one she had bought off the rack, as opposed to one that she had worked with the designer to create.
Jumpsuit? As opposed to "pantsuit"? Well, anyway, at least Melania showed up....just, you know, saying.
|Michelle Obama, the darling of the "high fashion" designers|
Mrs. Obama elevated the industry beyond the superficial to the substantive. She framed clothing as a collection of values: diversity, creativity, entrepreneurship. Mrs. Clinton seemed primed to continue that trend. The Trumps, however, may not.Not to be one who likes to deliver devastating news, but Melania Trump wouldn't be caught in bed nursing the flu in some of the clothes Michelle Obama actually wore in public.
|Melania Trump on the campaign trail with President elect, Donald J. Trump|
Indeed, all the clothes she wore on the campaign trail seem to have been part of a shopping spree, as opposed to a strategic plan. There’s nothing wrong with that. Arguably it is part of what makes a woman who lives in a gilded penthouse seem more normal (she buys, just like everyone else!)But it reflects her distance from the industry.
And it is striking that while Ralph Lauren is an American brand, which may indicate a decision to support homegrown talent and promote local industry, Mrs. Trump has also worn Fendi (Italian), Roksanda Ilincic (British) and Emilia Wickstead (British) on the campaign trail. When she went to cast her vote, Mrs. Trump threw a gold-buttoned camel Balmain military coat (French) over her shoulders.Love it when they fact-check themselves mid-judgy rant . Let's take a look at some of Melania's fashion faux pas...but I digress, let us return to the whining elitist fashion designers pity party:
Now the industry has to wrestle with what happens next: how it defines itself if it is marginalized — reduced to mere decoration — in a Trump administration, and whether there will be repercussions for either its pledge of allegiance to the president-elect’s opponent or some of the more angry postelection [sic] statements designers have made on social media.You can't even make this shi* up my friends.
Alas, according to Ms Friedman's article, one designer, Elie Tahari, already had a wardrobe in mind for Madame President Hillary Clinton back in August of 2015 -- methinks said designer punked Ms Vanessa Friedman...no way was this look created for Hillary Clinton, it was obviously designed for the beautiful and poised Melania Trump - future FLOTUS.
|Fashion designer Elie Tahari's vision for the future First Lady's wardrobe|