Almost two months of Trump's presidency and the designers are still coming forward for why they are refusing to dress the first lady
Once you become a first lady, all of the world's attention loads on you _Especially your sense of fashion_
Here is a continuous list of top ten designers who currently boycott the first lady in their latest fashions:
2. Zac Posen
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Posen said that he has “no current plans to dress members of the first family.” The Project Runway judge then went on to say that there are issues being questioned that are “fundamentally upsetting” to him, which includes everything from LGBT rights to immigration to women’s rights – all issues that have been controversial under the Trump administration so far.
2. André Leon Talley
In a December 2016 New York Times feature, Talley said the following about Melania Trump: “She’s a nice person. I do not endorse Trumpism on any level.” Talley had a unique position when asked about Trump because the two had been friends for a time; he even helped her pick out her wedding dress in 2005. But when it comes to her style as the first lady, he said, “Melania, who opted at 3 a.m. for a palazzo jumpsuit, with one arm exposed and a flounce over the other — it seemed to me too Mar-a-Lago, a huge, full-volume jumpsuit. Trying too hard. And I am so tired of the long hair falling on both sides of her face. She has to upgrade her coiffure.”
3. Sophie Theallet
Theallet was one of the first designers to speak out against the Trump administration Right after the 2016 presidential election. On her Instagram she posted a letter that said, “As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.” Theallet also addressed in her note that it had been an “honor” to dress former first lady Michelle Obama. In the same note, she encouraged other fellow designers to follow her lead to boycott dressing members of the current first family.
4. Tom Ford
In January, Ford told Elle magazine, “Given this President’s beliefs about ‘made in America,’ I think the clothes they wear should be made in America.” His clothes are made in Italy and the designer stated that they’re “very expensive,” then adding, “I don’t think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the First Lady or the President should represent all people.” According to Elle, Ford would’ve had the same stance had Hillary Clinton been elected as president.
5. Christian Siriano
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Siriano said about dressing Melania Trump that it “would be hard for anyone, especially a young, gay fashion designer.” He added, “I can’t support a campaign where I might not have the same rights. I just got married. There’s lots of deep things that get into it… Hopefully things will be great.”
6. Phillip Lim
Lim told Women’s Wear Daily, “As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals that we have authentic relationships with — ultimately, women and men that share similar set of values, desires and ideologies: inclusion, diversity, justice, consciousness, innovation…. With that said, we do not have a current relationship with Mrs. Trump and I don’t foresee a relationship developing under the Trump administration.”
7. Derek Lam
An interview with Women’s Wear Dailyin said , “Having been duly warned, my response is, while I have incredible respect for our country’s political institutions, I find it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady. I would rather concentrate my energies on efforts towards a more just, honorable, and a mutually respectful world. I don’t know Melania Trump personally, so I don’t wish my comments to seem I am prejudging her personal values, but I really don’t see myself getting involved with the Trump presidency.”
8. Marc Jacobs
Women’s Wear Daily also asked Jacobs last year if he’d dress Trump and the designer responded, “I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump.” It appears that the outlet asked him about Theallet’s letter, though he admitted he hadn’t seen it. “Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by Donald Trump and his supporters,” he said.
9. Humberto Leon
In his personal Facebook page after the election, Leon wrote, “No one should, and if she buys your clothes, tell people you don’t support it. You know who you are!” His was referring to an article about Theallet’s letter addressing her reasoning for not wanting to dress the first lady.
10. Timo Weiland
In an interview with The Cut, Weiland said , “I in no way want to support a lot of the changes that are happening and the appointments that have been made … I just, I can’t. I was 110 percent behind the other candidate for very, very specific reasons, was brokenhearted about the results, and am no less brokenhearted now than I was then. Voluntarily, I will not.”