The fashion world hasn’t been so kind to FLOTUS-elect Melania Trump. While designers like Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung flocked to Michelle Obama, draping her in sophisticated, perfectly cut creations, Melania is struggling to find someone to dress her for the next four years.
But then the King of Cotton Undies, Calvin Klein swoops in. This week, the 74-year-old designer told TMZ that he would totally dress Melania. Does that mean CK voted Trump? (He did donate thousands to Hillary’s campaign.) Maybe Klein just really doesn’t want to let politics get in the way of his craft.
“Of course I would—she’s beautiful,” Klein is heard saying to the TMZ videographer who prompted him with the question (“prompted” in the most TMZ, in-your-face way possible).
Klein actually hasn’t designed for over a decade, since selling his company in 2002. But for the next First Lady, he would.
It’s interesting, however, that Klein is siding with Melania after such a public backlash from his peers. In an open letter on Instagram, French designer Sophie Theallet, who’s dressed Michelle for the last two terms, eloquently explained her reasons not to support the Trump brood, and asked for her colleagues to do the same.
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady,” Theallet wrote on Instagram. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”
And designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford agree, also denying their services to the future FLOTUS.
So, Melania now has Mister CK himself on her side, as well as Tommy Hilfiger. But if they don’t work out, we know Melania’s step-daughter Ivanka has a clothing line. Maybe the next First Lady will keep what she wears in the family.