It’s long been rumored that Karl Lagerfeld was among the designers to defect from the fashion world’s widespread declarations that they will not dress Melania Trump in protest of her husband’s politics. And now we have proof in the form of a white cashmere pencil skirt and jacket that WWD reports was made exclusively for Melania by Lagerfeld’s namesake brand. It was worn this morning for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the White House which was, if you can believe it, Melania’s first official appearance as First Lady.
That’s right, beloved fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The man behind Chanel and Fendi. Father to Choupette. Owner of one excellent bleach-white ponytail. Indisputable fashion icon for the ages. Inspiration to millions. He deigned to dress Melania Trump.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Melania is a terrible person or even half as evil as her spouse. In fact, I kind of feel sorry for her, because all she wanted was to live a life of leisure in a gold-encrusted apartment and now all of a sudden she’s FLOTUS. Oh, and she’s married to Donald Trump. But for someone of Lagerfeld’s prestige and influence to dress her is to begin to tacitly normalize the total clusterfuck that is the Trump administration. With Ralph Lauren, we all kind of expected it, but Karl?! Not Karl.
If he were an emerging designer desperate for publicity, that would be one thing. But Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t need Melania Trump anymore than he needs an Instagram-famous cat. Just kidding, he definitely needs Choupette way more. It’s a disappointing move. But then, as much as we all love to love Karl, it’s not the first time he’s left us scratching our heads. I mean, I’ll forgive him for dissing Adele, but I won’t forget it, you know?
Props to designers like Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Timo Weiland and Phillip Lim who are smartly staying far away from this one.