Apparently Melania Trump will have to buy most of the clothes she will wear when she officially arrives at the White House. The first designer to publicly refuse to dress her was the French Sophie Theallet who published a letter on her Twitter account expressing her feelings.
“As an independent brand, we consider our voice an expression of artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand is against discrimination and prejudice,”explained the designer, who in the past has dressed Michelle Obama. "Our fashion shows, advertising campaigns, and the celebrities we wear have always represented a celebration of diversity and reflection on the world we live in."
Thallet called on other designers to join her and not lend her pieces to Melania, but so far no one else has spoken.
Who will be more than happy that the new president's wife wears his clothes is Tommy Hilfiger, who assured that it is a pride for any designer to dress both Ivanka and Melania.
"I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer would be proud to dress her," Hilfiger told reporters at the Angel Ball gala in New York City. Ivanka is just as beautiful and intelligent, although she wears her own clothes. I think people shouldn't take this on the political side. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle up too. I think they look amazing in clothes. They are not going to get [women] more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”
Although Melania wore designs by Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Balmain during her husband's election campaign, it is unknown if she bought them or if the designers loaned them to her.
Designers like Jason Wu, Vera Wang, Joseph Altazurra, Thakoon, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung and Georgina Chapman creative director at Marchesa have been rumored to be able to join the Theallet boycott as they supported Hillary during the campaign months Clinton. However, you still don't know if this will happen.
Recall that Michelle Obama always exhibited very good taste during her eight years at the White House. The designers were dying to wear it and many were successful. In the past, the outgoing first lady has been seen wearing designs by Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Naeem Kham, Christian Siriano, Altazurra and Narciso Rodríguez, among others.