First Lady Melania Trump is making headlines for her sense of style as the former model is said to have not had a fashion misstep since husband Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But it appears that the 46-year-old is not getting the same degree of support that her predecessor has gotten from the fashion industry, as it was reported that some top designers are refusing to dress her for major events.
Buzzfeed has released a running list of designers who are refusing to dress the First Lady and other members of the Trump family, which include Phillip Lim, Tom Ford and Sophie Theallet. The latest designer who revealed that he would not be working with the Trumps is Zac Posen.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, the 36-year-old said that he has no plans to dress members of the first family and that for now, he is “staying away from bringing my brand into politics.”
“There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me—deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights,” Posen explained. He added that these issues are very close to his heart and that he uses his own voice and private funds to fight for them and in support of them.
Lim told Women’s Wear Daily that his company does not have a current relationship with Mrs. Trump, and he doesn’t foresee a relationship developing under the Trump administration. Derek Lam also told WWD that though he doesn’t know the First Lady personally, he doesn’t see himself getting involved with the Trump presidency.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Rowley said that the question on whether designers would want to dress Melania Trump is irrelevant since she can simply purchase whatever she wants, and they are in no position to control it. Indeed, it was recently reported that the First Lady buys her own clothes, stylist Phillip Bloch gave his take on the matter.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Bloch said, “Why do rich people need free clothes? Melania should buy her clothes.”
Bloch also said that Mrs. Trump is not buying by choice because she has less support from the fashion community.
“Melania is buying, but she does not have limited options,” the stylist said. “She is married to a rich man and can buy whatever she wants!”
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on what Trump Agency models are saying about working for the company.