Melania Trump Wears Another Michael Kors Ensemble for Joint Address to Congress
Even if several designers refuse to dress Melania Trump, the First Lady continues to step out in designer fashion.
Melania Trump chose a sleek Michael Kors sequined black suit for President Trump’s first Joint Address to Congress Tuesday night, marking the third time she’s opted for an outfit from the New York designer’s label.
Both suit pieces were from Michael Kors’ recent Spring 2017 collection, the jacket priced at $4,995 and the coordinating skirt at $4,595.
Trump has made a tradition of dressing in Michael Kors for presidential events since the beginning of her husband’s administration.
Starting on Election Day, Melania paired a white Michael Kors dress with a Balmain coat, the beginning of the First Lady’s Michael Kors patronage.
Only earlier this month, she wore a pair of the designer’s wide-legged white slacks, a black blouse, and black wool coat for a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie.
Michael Kors’ frequent appearance in the First Lady’s wardrobe stems from a multitude of designers refusing to outfit Melania, in opposition to her husband’s election.
“I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump,” Marc Jacobs explained to Women’s Wear Daily this November. “Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping those who will be hurt by (Donald) Trump and his supporters.”
Designer Phillip Lim also said he had no interest in affiliating with the new administration.
“It’s been such an emotional roller coaster of an election process. The result has only confirmed my belief that we must stand for what we represent as a brand, so my sentiment is still the same,” he expressed to Women’s Wear Daily.
Lim went on to describe the relationships he wishes to establish with his fashion brand.
“As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals we have authentic relationships with – ultimately, women and men that share similar set of values, desires and ideologies: inclusion, diversity, justice, consciousness, innovation.”
Former costumier of First Lady Michelle Obama, French designer Sophie Theallet, took to Twitter to say why she refused to dress Melania, and to encourage other designers to follow suit.
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
“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. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”
Theallet closed her open letter with a simple reminder: “Integrity is our only true currency.”
Whether or not you agree with her husband’s politics, it’s hard not to admit that Melania Trump has taken the fashion debacle in stride, and still manages to step out into the spotlight in style.