With the presidential Inauguration being just a day away, fashionistas ponder on which designer will dress FLOTUS–To Be Melania Trump for the inaugural festivities. Many fashion designers—Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, Humberto Leon of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, and Phillip Lam have stated they will not dress Melania while Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Rag and Bone, Carolina Herrera, and Thom Browne are not opposed to dressing Melania Trump.
That said; very few European designers have weighed in on dressing the FLOTUS–To Be. Karl Lagerfeld is one exception.
Obviously, Melania has an affinity and fashion predilection for Ralph Lauren. (Melania wore a Ralph Lauren ensemble at the third presidential debate.) However, is Ralph Lauren chic enough for the former model?
It is reported that Karl Lagerfeld is designing a gown and ensemble for Melania to wear to the inaugural festivities. Still, it is unclear which brand will Lagerfeld be designing under for Melania. (Lagerfeld designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous brand.)
Traditionally the First Lady wears American designers during the Inauguration; however, Melania is only the second First Lady not born in the US and with the Trumps nothing is conventional.
Another inaugural style question to consider is that if Lagerfeld is chosen to dress Melania, how much of the design will actually be Lagerfeld’s vision? At 83 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld design powers might not be at their peak. Also, Lagerfeld is only the creative director of Fendi and Chanel with Chanel being privately owned by Alan and Gerard Wertheimer and Fendi owned by LVMH. Much to ponder and consider!!
—William S. Gooch