Monday 23 July 2018

Fashion labels give Mnuchin's wife cold shoulder after Instagram post

US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton. Photo: Saul Loeb/via AP
US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton. Photo: Saul Loeb/via AP

Mark Molloy

Fashion brands have distanced themselves from the Scottish wife of Donald Trump's millionaire treasury secretary following a bizarre Instagram rant.

Louise Linton was accused of boasting about her wealth on social media following a state-funded trip to Kentucky. She posted a photo of herself emerging from a government plane tagging fashion labels including Valentino, Hermes, Roland Mouret and Tom Ford.

Designers have responded by insisting Mrs Linton, married to former hedge fund manager Steve Mnuchin, received no benefit for mentioning them.

A Valentino spokesperson said the actress, who appeared in 2016 horror film 'Cabin Fever', "did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans". She also did not receive any free merchandise from Tom Ford and is not affiliated with the brand.

A so-called 'top fashion insider' was quoted by media saying: "Louise won't be invited to Fashion Week or the big galas. And she won't be appearing in 'Vogue', if her wedding pictures [with Trump] hadn't already killed her chances with Anna Wintour." In the now-deleted post, she wrote "Great daytrip to Kentucky! nicest people beautiful countryside roland mouret pants tomford sunnies, hermes scarf valentino rock studheels valentino usa". Her post was widely criticised.

A Treasury Department spokesperson said Mr Mnuchin and Mrs Linton are reimbursing the government for her travel, and she received no compensation from the fashion labels.

Irish Independent

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