Designers on Dressing Melania Trump
Key Players: Designers, Melania Trump
What Happened: As soon as Donald Trump won the presidency, designers were at odds on whether or not they would dress Melania Trump as first lady. The debate can be traced back to Sophie Theallet, who first wrote a letter to urge her fellow friends not to support or dress Melania. This discussion led to a back-and-forth between designers, with Tommy Hilfiger and Carolina Herrera submitting a "yes" to dressing the FLOTUS and Marc Jacobs a "no." Others fell somewhere in the middle.
After all that, for the inaugural events, Melania wore the likes of Hervé Pierre, Ralph Lauren, and Reem Acra. Melania's fashion continues to garner a love-hate controversy, especially when she wore this $51,000 coat by Dolce & Gabbana to an economic summit.