Ralph Lauren is facing a backlash from fans after dressing Melania Trump for the inauguration ceremony of her husband, President Donald Trump.
Complete with Stepford Wife stare and a solemn stride more suited to a funeral, America’s new First Lady took her place on the podium in Washington DC clad in a blue cashmere coat dress made especially for her by the American design house.
According to US Glamour, people weren’t happy.
“We immediately started to get complaints about Melania Trump wearing [the label],” an anonymous Ralph Lauren source told the fashion magazine.
Disgruntled fashion fans also took to Twitter to voice their anger, using the hashtag #BoycottRalphLauren:
— First Tramp (@CallGirlMelania) January 17, 2017
— #NoDAPL~Heather (@Heather28df) January 20, 2017
— Yvonne James (@CosmicAudioChic) January 18, 2017
Others simply pointed out that Melania’s outfit was uncannily like a Harry Potter Halloween costume:
Melania Trump look like she gunna go try and win the tri-wizard tournament pic.twitter.com/NQ8XaCibVq
— Bradley (@bradley_fox) January 20, 2017
According to the ‘anonymous’ Ralph Lauren whistleblower, however, Ralph Lauren also dressed Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for the inauguration, suggesting more of an a-political stance than a pro-Trump one.
Ralph Lauren’s press team is yet to comment on the boycott reports.
Ahead of the inauguration, several designers publicly declared their intentions never to dress the hard right FLOTUS.
Tom Ford first declined to dress Melania a few years ago, declaring “she’s not necessarily my image”.
During the Presidential campaign, the 55-year-old designer told Sky News: “I do have to say the simple fact that Donald Trump has got as far as he has is proof of the fact that our culture has dumbed down.”
He himself has since faced a small-scale boycott from Trump-supporting businesses that sell Tom Ford products.
Speaking to Fox News, President Trump himself said that Steve Wynn, owner of the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, “thought it was so terrible what Tom Ford said, that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel”.
Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Joseph Altuzarra echoed Ford’s sentiments, as Sophie Theallet’s viral letter urging designers to refuse to dress the First Lady.
Meanwhile, Diane Von Furstenburg was among the designers who spoke rather more favourably about Melania.
“Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president,” she said. “Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her. Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity.”