While the rest of the world debates the political ramifications of Donald Trump’s looming inauguration, fashionistas have been obsessing about only one thing.
Who will dress incoming First Lady Melania Trump during a week of pomp and ceremony that the whole world will be watching?
Insiders now say Ralph Lauren is the early front-runner.
WDD reports that the unabashed Hillary Clinton supporter is believed to be working on a gown and an Inauguration Day (January 21, AEDT) ensemble for the Slovenian-born former model.
The magazine believes Melania could be seen strutting one of the label’s famous gowns the night before the swearing-in, when she and the President-elect host a candlelight dinner for 1500 at Union Station.
If confirmed, Ralph Lauren will receive a windfall of publicity.
When nearly 37.8 million viewers tuned in to see President Obama take the presidential oath in 2009, Isabel Toledo, the designer who created Michelle Obama’s dress and suit, simultaneously rocketed on the world stage, adds WDD.
Ralph Lauren has already designed many of Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits, including her infamous white Democratic National Convention suit and post-election concession suit.
Melania Trump has also worn Lauren before, purchasing the designer’s white jumpsuit for Election Night.
Sophie Theallet was the first designer to say she would refuse to dress the future First Lady.
Michelle Obama’s designer for the last eight years said in an open letter that she couldn’t work with her due to what she called “the rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign.”
“As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas,” the letter began. “The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice.”
Her press release sparked a storm on the red carpet, with many reporters confronting other designers with an uncomfortable question that broke through the fashion industry’s polished veneer: Would they dress Mrs. Trump? Why or why not?
“I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump,” added Marc Jacobs.
“I didn’t see [Sophie Theallet’s] letter. Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters.”