Fashion Twitter was in a froth yesterday as news rolled in of yet another of President Elect Trump’s huge overblown statements. “We are going to have an unbelievable , perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for the inauguration.” said Donald J Trump. Then again, it could just be that Melania Trump’s search for designers to dress her is proving difficult with known American fashion stars like Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Phillip Lim refusing to answer the call. The majority of the USA’s arts and entertainment industry being un self-consciously liberal and distancing themselves from the new direction of power in Washington.
Due to Trump’s constant stream of hot air, this gargantuan gem was nearly lost amidst his backlash against ‘Hillary flunky’ Meryl Streep’s beautiful, heartfelt plea to support American journalists and to stand up against the powerful, like Trump, who their positions of power to bully and undermine.
President Elect Trump naturally reacted to Streep’s speech in the only way known to this thin-skinned, over-tanned, non-statesman like wounded solider by brandishing her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.” I’m sure Ms Streep is consoled by his hurt feelings whilst also being privy to every fashion designer and ‘dress shop’ she sets her heart on. And rightfully so. It takes a brave, righteous, Hollywood royalty actress to call out the most powerful man in the world when the world’s media is upon her. It’s a pity that fashion royalty isn’t doing the same thing. Hot on the heels of Trump’s claim that his inauguration would be a huge spectacle and that ‘the dress shops are sold out in Washington,’ Trump met with LVMH boss Bernard Arnault – HUGE in terms of the fashion industry and its potential repercussions
Meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, LVMH Chief Arnault is said to be looking at sites in North Carolina, Texas and the Midwest for LV production. Arnault’s son, Alexandre, was also seen at the meeting which could signal the beginning of a beautiful relationship. At least that would solve Melania Trump’s dress crisis. So which of LVMH’s designers could we see the next first lady sporting? Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Donna Karan, Fendi? Seems that Trump may have oiled the wheels behind the scenes to support his first lady.
It is the first time Trump has met with a high profile fashion executive and is said to form part of his campaign to bring more jobs to the U.S.