Trump & the political fashion whirlwind

And just like everything else affected by the recent vote, a great divide has opened up.  I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for quite some time now. I wasn’t sure how it was going to be perceived, so I kept pushing back its release. There was so much that I wanted to talk about and I didn’t want to bombard my blog with 3 different Trump related posts. So for that reason, I decided write 1 blog post and include all of the 3 different topics I wanted to talk/write/rant about. You may read all of 3 different topics listed in this blog post , maybe read just 2 or maybe even 1. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think. x

1. Fashionista.com Refuses To Report On Melania Trump

Fashionista, a fashion website with more than 2.5 million monthly readers published an article after Trump’s win explaining, “How [they] Plan on Covering (or Not Covering) Melania Trump’s Fashion Choices.”

well, well, well….. I’ve got major issues with the way they’ve handled Trump’s victory. Don’t get it twisted, I am not a fan of Trump and I certainly do NOT  condone any of his racist, mysogisitic, xenophobic and homophobic ideologies.

“On Jan. 20, 2017, a new First Lady will take up residence in the White House. Melania Trump, a former model (though not of the high fashion variety) whose campaign wardrobe consisted of high-end, largely off-the-rack pieces by Gucci — yes, the infamous pussy bow”

Erm…. they’re already starting off their article with very unnecessary/ unprofessional shade… It’s quite evident that whoever was writing it was very bitter at the time. I mean, deal with it, it’s not the outcome we wanted, it’s not the outcome millions of American’s wanted, but we can’t act like children because we didn’t get our way. This is our reality, this is the reality we’re going to be living in for the next 4 years. Also, what’s wrong with off-the-rack pieces by Gucci? What are you expecting? Custom outfits? I thought we commended the likes of Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama for wearing attainable [not price wise lols] fashion pieces? Has the precedence now changed just because it’s Trump’s wife? Ugh…

I mean, I’m not a fan of Melania, but the media has not given the lady a break from the very beginning. They put her past on blast – yes I am referring to the nude GQ shoot and basically shamed her, calling her every name in the book. She was called a whore, a prostitute and many more. In fact, she was shamed by the same women who refer to themselves as feminists and happen to advocate for equality and body positivity. I just find it so irritating when the media decides to flip the coin whenever they want to… what happened to the saying ‘consistency is key’? I guess that’s gone down the drain… it’s now more like ‘hypocrisy is key’…

“Trump and/or his Vice President-elect Mike Pence have been openly hostile regarding LGBTQ equality, same-sex marriage, female reproductive rights, immigration reform, and international trade (just to scratch the surface) — stances that not only alienate a good portion of the fashion community, but the nation as a whole. And this is why we plan on having no part in normalizing the Trump family, particularly when it comes to cataloging the First Lady’s fashion choices.”

No one is asking you to normalise the Trump family, but we are expecting you to accept the outcome and move on. I’ve chatted to one of my ‘fashion expert’ friends, Pierre (Pam_Boy on Instagram) about this and this is what he had to say “banning her from the fashion world won’t change the fact that she will become one of the most, if not the most, photographed person in America for the next four years. Regardless of her husband’s views, she is an interesting subject to write about for different reasons.” He then goes on to state that the fashion world consistently “reported on Laura Bush, and George W. Bush isn’t exactly America’s sweetheart.” Fashionista.com, just a piece of advise, let’s leave real politics to political editors and let’s try and translate the views she’s expressing through fashion.

Fashionista.com are  “opting out” on reporting Melania’s “best” fashion moments, which  is likely good for page views like other media outlets. They will report “newsworthy occasions: Is her State Dinner ensemble a beautiful homage to the country the White House is hosting? Did she step out in a piece by an up-and-coming American label? Is there underlying meaning or cultural significance behind something she’s wearing, or did it start a widespread conversation like the aforementioned pussy bow did? Is she in an accessible, instantly shoppable piece by a brand like J.Crew? Did she show up at the Met Gala?!”

Lol… lol…. lol…. Surely newsworthy occasions such as the State Dinner, Met Gala and others are just as “good for page views” – get REAL. Here we go again, another sentence, another underlying contradiction. I give whoever wrote this article an A+ for being consistent when it comes to being a hypocrite! Am I right? Also, seems like all the ‘newsworthy occasions’ they’re talking about are just an opportunity for them to judge, criticise and hate? Why not report the good, such as her good fashion moments? Why only report when an opportunity to criticise her arises..

Vanessa Friedman from the New York Times states that the messages the Trumps “send with their clothes — if they are about aspiration (the Reagan model), or accessibility (the Carter model), or diplomacy (the Obama model), or something altogether different (given the campaign, very possible) will be interesting” – the only thing Fashionista.com actually understands… #shade…

“[Fashion magazines] have a wide variety of readers, so it wouldn’t necessarily make sense for them to pick and choose what First Lady they were going to photograph based solely on politics, necessarily,” says Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s fashion critic

What little we’ve seen of Melania hroughout the campaign trail  has been sleek, minimal and fashion forward. Her fashion choices appeal to the social media masses such as the instagrammers and fashion bloggers. Her Twitter media show that she loves Chanel, Louis VuittonManolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

The reason I’m quite annoyed and very frustrated with the fashion world refusing to report on her is because Melania, unlike other First ladies shops for herself. She, like any other fashion-forward wealthy women loves a good Chanel and Gucci bag. & what’s even more interesting is the fact that she does not requests her items directly from the designers. When it comes to fashion, she in my opinion is on point. She knows who’s in and who’s out, which is why everyone has been so intrigued by fashion choices.

“All this is to say that, sure, we will continue to monitor Mrs. Trump’s fashion moments for any real significance; we’re a fashion news website, and that’s what we do. And, yes, Fashionista has covered the sartorial choices of plenty of men and women whose general beliefs or opinions may not align with those of our editors, and we’ll continue to do so in the future. But those men and women weren’t about to take the country’s highest political office, and all we can really do now is take a stance. So if you’re looking for a site that plans to catalog Mrs. Trump’s looks each time she steps off of Air Force One or makes a public appearance, this is not the place.”

I understand that the stance Fashionista are taking is because Melania is about to take the country’s highest political office, but I do NOT agree with it. – eh…. I mean, does it REALLY matter?!

I’ve got a question…..We all heard that Trump and Kanye met up at Trump Tower in New York earlier last week, “we’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump told reporters, however it is unclear what they covered in the meeting. Inauguration? Cabinet post? Reports suggest that Kanye was in talks to potentially be some sort of an Arts coordinator on his cabinet… It is no secret that Kanye is one of Trump’s biggest fans.. he’s spoken out in support of the devil, I mean Trump multiple times post-election. Can we assume that he shares some of Trumps ideologies? Well, they’re both lunatics… so I’m not sure… So if Kanye was to be put on Trump’s cabinet should Fashionista.com stop reporting on Kim Kardashain? well, because she’s guilty by association… YES, because that is the precedent that they’ve decided to set…

You’re probably thinking ‘Saif, wait that doesn’t make sense because Fashionista.com are only doing that because the Melania is taking country’s political office’… I know, I know.. but there are many problems with that. I just feel like they’re trying to find loopholes trying to explain why they do not want to cover Melania. She may be taking the country’s highest political office, but lets get real, the US is not run by a dictator or a complete monarchy… it’s run by a president who is democratically elected through the people. So, although it is the country’s highest political office there are a lot of people that have a great influence on the decision Trump will eventually make as president. Those people are members of his cabinet. So just saying ‘we’re not going to report because her and her husband are taking the country’s highest political office’ is just a stupid excuse. Again, Fashionista.com let’s leave real politics to those who get it… just shut up and stick to fashion.

2. Designers Speak Out

So, now that we’ve covered Fashionista’s hypocrisy, what do American designers have to say about dressing Melania? There’s the good and there’s the bad.. below are some of the ones I’ve chosen…

Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone: “It would be hypocritical to say no to dressing a Trump. If we say we are about inclusivity and making American manufacturing great again, then we have to put that before personal political beliefs.” {The New York Times}

Diane von Furstenberg: “Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president. Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her. Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity. We should each be the best we can be and influence by our example.” {WWD}

Tom Ford: “I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image. And also the First Lady, other than the fact that I’m a democrat and voted for Hillary and I’m very sad and disappointed that she’s not in office. But other than that, even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes. They’re too expensive. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They’re not artificially expensive. It’s how much it costs to make these things.”

Sophie Theallet: “As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles. I will not participate in dressing or associate myself in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.” {@sophietheallet/Twitter}

Marc Jacobs: “I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump. I didn’t see [Sophie Theallet’s] letter. Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters.” {WWD}

3. Trump: The Fashion Hypocrite

Where do I start???? Despite the President-elect’s fervent stance on bringing back American manufacturing, Mrs. Trump mainly wore European designers on the campaign trail (as did Mr. Trump, in his Brioni suits) but what is really intriguing in all of this mess is the fact that he himself had manufactured his clothing line in foreign countries. We heard him repeatedly say ‘they’re sending our jobs to Mexico and China’ but wait….. were you talking about yourself Donald? ’cause you sure did send jobs to Mexico and China…..

Below is an excerpt from the Washington Post….

The Facts

Trump apparel 

The Donald J. Trump Collection includes ties, suits, dress shirts, eyeglasses and other accessories.

Trump shirts were made in China, Bangladesh, Honduras and Vietnam. PolitiFact Virginia found some Trump sport coats made in India. The Clinton campaign pointed to import data from 2007 that showed a Trump men’s shirt shipment marked as made in South Korea.

Some of the Trump suits on Amazon.com show they were imported, Made in USA or both. BuzzFeed ordered a suit that was listed as both “imported” and “Made in USA” — and ended up with a label showing the suits were made in Indonesia.

Users commented on Amazon.com that the suit that BuzzFeed purchased previously was listed as being imported from Mexico or China. This photo shows a Trump suit that carries a “Made in Mexico” label.

Manufacturing information online is not always reliable — for example, a photo of one shirt shows a “Made in Bangladesh” label, but the item description says it was made in China. This may be a reflection of the different countries that products sometimes pass through before they are ultimately shipped into the United States.

Trump eyeglasses are made in China. Cufflinks and other accessories do not list the source of manufacturing on Amazon.com.

Trump hotel items

Many hotel amenities at Trump’s hotels were manufactured overseas and imported. Trump Hotel pens were made in China or Taiwan, and imported into the United States via South Korea. Shampoo, body wash, moisturizers, shower caps, laundry bags, show bags, pet collars, pet leashes and bath towels at Trump hotels are all listed as made in China.

No comment….. you do you Donald…

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