Top Designers, Hollywood Stylists Say "No Thanks" to Dressing Melania Trump for Inauguration
Marc Jacobs declined, while Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg both said they would dress her — and Ralph Lauren is predicted to be one of the First Lady-elect’s inaugural fashion designers.
Reports are surfacing that Ralph Lauren has been working on something for Melania Trump to wear to one of her many inauguration appearances, though it remains unclear if it's a dress for the big day on Jan. 20.
Lauren was one of a handful of designers — Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg among them — who said they would dress the incoming First Lady while Marc Jacobs had previously offered a flat "no." THR posed the same question to top Hollywood stylists recently at Marie Claire's second annual Image Maker Awards in Los Angeles.
Cristina Ehrlich says no — with respect. "How and why she used to dress was one sort of reason and sensibility and now, it's going to be very different," says Ehrlich, whose clients include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Kendrick, Tina Fey and Priyanka Chopra. "I really have watched what she's done and the choices she's made, and they have great respect to them and a sophistication. I'm interested to see where she's going to go with [her style], but it's not something I would be interested in."
Power pair Kate Lee and Mark Townsend (clients include Elizabeth Olsen) both responded with a quick "no comment," while Jennifer Aniston's longtime hairstylist teased a more thoughtful answer. "I definitely have my ideas of what I would do with both Melania and the president-elect. It's in my head."
No matter what Trump wears, one can assume it will be a major fashion moment: The First Lady's inauguration gown typically ends up at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.