Fashion designer Tom Ford says he won’t dress future first lady Melania Trump, joining a handful of high-fashion folks who have said they won’t be associated with the incoming administration’s fashion front.
But his reasons aren’t political — or are they?
“She’s not necessarily my image,” Ford said during an appearance this week on “The View,” after saying he’d been asked years ago to “dress” Melania Trump, back when she was just a moneyed civilian.
The comment was ambiguous: Did he mean that the former model just didn’t jibe with his aesthetic, or something more?
Ford, who said he was a Democrat who had voted for Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton, said he shouldn’t be dressing any first lady — his clothes, he said, are just too pricey for women who want to relate to the people. “Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes,” he said. “They’re too expensive.”
But wait! Michelle Obama has worn one of his frocks, no? Ford explained that he had only dressed her once, and for an event that seemed apropos for an American designer living in London: a meeting with the queen.
Another reason to doubt his it’s-too-dear reason that Melania Trump shouldn’t wear his clothes — a quick scan of his line at Neiman Marcus turned up a few dresses that clock in at under two grand, which seems like perfectly safe territory.