Some in the fashion world believe that the designers who said they would not dress First Lady Melania Trump are regretting that choice after considering the impression she left on a recent trip abroad.
The former supermodel accompanied President Donald Trump on his visits to the Middle East, the Vatican, Belgium and Sicily. Most of the outfits she wore were by Dolce & Gabbana, and they created a buzz among stylists and designers.
"There is a softening, a melting," stylist Phillip Bloch told Page Six. "Fashion people are fickle and fake. They are starting to see she is a beautiful woman who is married to the president, and it is an honor to dress her."
"She doesn’t need couture," Bloch added. "She can buy off the rack and it looks beautiful. "She knows her size, and she knows what works on her. She luxuriates in minimal."
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One source stated that designers have been sending boxes of clothing to Trump Tower for Melania's consideration.
"Most days, the lobby is brimming with wardrobe boxes delivered for Melania," the source said. "Once she tries on the outfits and decides what she will keep, the boxes come back downstairs."
Shortly after Mr. Trump won the election, a number of high-profile designers said publicly they would refuse to dress the first lady.
One such designer was Christian Siriano, who dressed former First Lady Michelle Obama multiple times.
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"I think for a while, everyone was trying to figure out what to do [with Melania]," Siriano told Time, according to Teen Vogue. "Unfortunately, it really doesn't have anything to do with her, but she is representing what's happening politically and what's happening politically right now is not really good for anyone."
Marc Jacobs also objected to dressing Melania on political grounds.
"I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump," he said. "Personally, I'd rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters."
On the other hand, Tom Ford said his decision not to dress the first lady was not political -- at least not in the same sense.
"Given this President's beliefs about 'made in America,' I think the clothes they wear should be made in America," he told Elle. "I think that whoever is the president, or the first lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America. My clothes are made in Italy, they're very, very expensive. I don't think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the first lady or the president should represent all people."
Mr. Trump pushed back against Ford's remarks during an interview with "Fox & Friends," saying Melania hadn't wanted to be dressed by him.
"[She] never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford, doesn't like his designs," Trump said. "I'm not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been."