FASHION SYSTEM VS MELANIA TRUMP

FROM 20 JANUARY 2017, THE DATE OF THE OATH OF NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, HIS WIFE MELANIA IS THE FORTY-FIFTH FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS ROLE IS LINKED TO A SERIES OF RESPONSIBILITIES, SUCH AS THE MANAGEMENT OF ALL SOCIAL EVENTS AND CEREMONIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE (TASKS FOR WHICH THE FLOTUS IS ASSISTED BY A WHOLE STAFF AT HER SERVICE).

 

However, the first ladies are historically remembered for their image and often considered true style icons: among all of them, is an example Jackie Kennedy. Elegant, graceful and with a remarkable education, nothing further than the current first lady Melania, a former Czech model with totally different background.

 

 

But the past is the past, the American people voted for its president, and as a result the White House has a new landlady who is having trouble finding the right outfit between a gala dinner and a world event. Indeed, the fashion system has begun, since the election campaign, a real sabotage against Melania Trump’s wardrobe, probably because of the extreme ideas of her spouse.     Many designers, especially Americans, have categorically refused to associate their brand with Mrs. Trump’s image. Tom Ford said: “She’s not necessarily my image” adding that: “I think that whoever is the President, or the First Lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America. My clothes are made in Italy, they’re very, very expensive. 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.”

 

 

Unlike Stefano Gabbana, who posted on his Instagram profile a picture of the First lady wearing a creation by Dolce & Gabbana, accompanied by the caption “Thank you Melania”. Submerged by critics, the designer defended himself by saying, “We do clothes not politics.” Is this general refusal to dress up the first lady of America right? Diane von Furstenberg, who after the elections in November said: “Melania deserves the respect given to every first lady before her. Our role in the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusion and diversity.”   Regardless of political positions and personal opinions, First Lady can wear any designer’s clothes without the need for any approval and I believe – as Carolina Herrera has said – “[…] in two or three months all designers will want to reach it, because that’s how fashion is. Everyone wants to dress Melania, she represents the United States. ”

Text by Cinzia Maiello