He quickly amended his answer, giving a few more reasons he wouldn't dress Melania. Ford says he's a registered Democrat, that he voted for Hillary in the recent election, and that he's sad that she's not in the White House instead. Besides that, he noted that he didn't think it was appropriate for any public political figure to wear clothes as expensive as his. “Even had Hillary won," he added, "she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes, they’re too expensive. That's not a bad thing, they’re not artificially expensive, it’s how much it costs to make these things, but I think the first lady has to relate to anybody.”
His line of reasoning drew some serious side-eye from the audience, as Joy pointed out that Ford has dressed Michelle Obama in the past. But Ford was not having it. "Michelle I dressed once, when she was going to Buckingham Palace for dinner with the Queen," he retorted. "I thought that was appropriate. I live in London, so that makes sense." As an afterthought, he added, "And it was an honor." He also talked about current and upcoming projects, including Nocturnal Animals. Ford stayed pretty neutral with his answer, but other designers have been more forthright about their decision not to dress Melania.
Sophie Theallet, who has been dressing Michelle Obama for the past 8 years, issued a statement on Twitter about her own reasons. "As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world. I will not participate in dressing or associating 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. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same."
Sophie Theallet has been the most outspoken, but a source told People magazine that Sophie's not the only designer to shun the Trumps. “This has already been going on for months. Designers wouldn’t lend to Melania, Ivanka or Tiffany, so they either bought the items themselves or wore Ivanka’s brand." We'll have to wait to see if this trend continues, or, if like Carolina Herrera predicts, that designers will be won over by Melania in the end.
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