Tommy Hilfiger: 'Designers should be proud to dress Melania Trump'
Tommy Hilfiger would feel honoured to have the opportunity to dress Melania Trump.
Following the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President earlier this month (Nov16), French fashion designer Sophie Theallet declared that she disagreed with his policies, and would decline any offer to outfit his wife Melania, the future First Lady.
Theallet has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama many times during the tenure of her husband, President Barack Obama.
Now, American designer Hilfiger has spoken out in opposition to Theallet’s stance, saying politics and fashion don’t need to be intertwined.
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her,” Hilfiger told WWD at the Angel Ball on Monday night (21Nov16). “I don’t think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle (Obama) as well. I think they look great in the clothes.”
He added that the President-elect’s daughter Ivanka Trump is “equally as beautiful and smart” though he probably won’t have the chance to outfit her, considering that she runs her own fashion business.
In her missive published on 18 November (16), Theallet asserted her boycott of the Trump family on the basis that the President-elect ran on a platform of extreme immigration reform that has stirred fears of deportation.
“The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice,” she wrote, adding, “I will not participate in dressing or associate myself 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 notes that she herself is an immigrant who has been able to pursue her dreams in the United States.
Though Melania Trump, a former model and Slovenian immigrant, wore designer clothing throughout the campaign, including a $1,100 (£887) Gucci pussybow blouse, she appears to style herself.