As the inauguration draws ever-nearer, the list of fashion designers who have refused to work with the future First Lady continues to grow, Marie Claire reports. Which has all of us wondering: is Melania Trump going to say "screw it," run to the nearest Marshall's at the very last minute, and grab a random dress off the sale rack without trying it on, just like we do in times of poor planning and emotional distress?
Oh sure, like Melania would deign to shop at a Marshall's. I get it. (Though honestly you can actually get some good deals there if you're willing to deal with the overwhelming nature of the store and know how to sift through a lot of last year's Ralph Lauren line to find the gems.) But the gal is not rolling in the options right now. Here are a few quotes from the mounting list of designers who are not on pins and needles (haha, see what I did there) waiting to be asked to dress our future FLOTUS.
"I will not participate in dressing or associate myself in any way with the next First Lady" - Sophie Theallet, in an open letter.
I don't think it's right. The values of this administration do not comply with the values of who I feel we are as a nation." - Naeem Khan, in the AP. Khan has dressed Michelle Obama nearly 20 times.
"I just, I can't. I was 110 percent behind the other candidate for very, very specific reasons, was brokenhearted about the results, and am no less brokenhearted now than I was then. Voluntarily, I will not." - Timo Weiland, to The Cut.
And that's just a sampling. After all that, is there anyone who is willing to dress her? WWD reports that two designers have allegedly agreed: Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren. So there's the twist. She won't be wearing last season's Ralph Lauren collection from the sale rack at Marshall's, she'll be wearing this season's.