Saturday 21 April 2018

Revealed: What designer will be dressing Melania Trump on Inauguration Day

Melania Trump speaks at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn. Photo: AP
Melania Trump speaks at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn. Photo: AP
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Karl Lagerfeld will reportedly dress Melania Trump for Donald Trump's Inauguration.

Fashion website WWD reported on Monday that American designer Ralph Lauren will be dressing Melania for the Inauguration and its corresponding events in the run up to the swearing in of the 45th president of the United States.

Now the publication is reporting that Melania, 46, will also have the services of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld for the all important Inauguration Day and the inaugural balls. At present it's unclear who will do what, but Lauren is expected to provide daywear, with Lagerfeld potentially providing gowns for the nighttime events.

The news comes amid furious speculation over who would dress the First Lady after several designers publicly declined to dress the mother-of-one because of the negative rhetoric associated with her controversial husband.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French fashion designer Sophie Theallet, a favourite of current U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, wrote an open letter to the incoming First Lady which declared she disagrees with Trump's policies, and therefore wouldn't dress her for events.

And Tom Ford admitted he has declined to dress Melania for years as he believes she doesn't correspond with his "image", and therefore has no plans to dress her during her time in the White House.

One lump or two? Melania Trump and Michelle Obama met for tea in the White House in the days following Donald Trump's election victory Photo: Chuck Kennedy/The White House
One lump or two? Melania Trump and Michelle Obama met for tea in the White House in the days following Donald Trump's election victory Photo: Chuck Kennedy/The White House

Lauren, who has never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate, dressed Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, and has a long history of dressing first ladies including Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford.

Surprisingly, it seems Carolina Herrera, one of the few designers to support Melania, was not sought out to provide her services. Hererra said she would happily accept the chance to see Melania wear her ladylike and sophisticated designs.

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The Trump family celebrate Donald's success

"It is an honour to dress the first ladies of the country and it's something to do for the United States. It's not for myself. It's for the public," she told the Associated Press.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania Trump arrive for a campaign rally the Air Wilmington Hangar located at Wilmington International Airport November 5, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina. With less than a week before Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania Trump arrive for a campaign rally the Air Wilmington Hangar located at Wilmington International Airport November 5, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina. With less than a week before Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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