Tom Ford joins US fashion Cold War against Melania Trump

The last, in chronological order, to distance himself from dressing the next first lady is Tom Ford. The former creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent explained that he has no intention of seeing his creations worn by Melania Trump. The designer, with a passion for cinema, hinting at his views about Miss Trump from afar ( “A first lady to represent the nation should not wear very expensive clothes”), but then his remarks were less subtle. Speaking on a US talk show, Ford explained that he had already had the opportunity to dress Melania Trump in the past but he did not do so because the former model does not reflect his idea of femininity. He then went on explaining that he would also not be dressing Melania while she was in the White House, saying his clothes are ‘too expensive’ for a first lady to wear because they have to ‘relate to everybody.’ It is by now a month since we know that the next occupant of the White House will be Donald Trump, but the fashion circles, that during the election campaign, have largely endorsed Clinton, don’t show to bury the hatchet. The first to express her discontent was Sophie Theallet, which for eight years has dressed Michelle Obama. In an open letter Theallet explained that she will not dress lady Trump to express opposition to her husband’s policies. Then Humberto Leon from Kenzo, added that “no one should dress Melania”. To the ranks of designers hostile to the new presidential family were also by Philip Lim, Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam. Some other US designers showed a more pragmatic approach instead as Tommy Hilfiger and Diana von Furstenberg. The latter commented: “Our role is to promote beauty and diversity”.


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