Mum's the word from Donald's transition camp, but WWD reported Tuesday night that Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld will likely be the designers behind incoming first lady Melania Trump's Inauguration Day ensembles.
Did we expect anything less than the fashion world's most recognizable names to dress the former-model first lady?
If Trump's style choices during the last year are any indication, it's safe to say she will go for looks that are tailored, free of embellishments, and monochromatic. She wore Ralph Lauren twice -- both jumpsuits -- when she was in campaign mode. One, sleeveless and black with a pussybow, she wore during the third debate. The other, a white off-the-shoulder, she debuted the night her husband won the presidential election.
I'm guessing French designer Karl Lagerfeld -- head of Chanel and Fendi and his own label -- will design the daytime look. Traditionally, it's a jaw-dropping coat and matching dress because it's cold out there (although there is a chance Trump might go for a pants ensemble, as she's already proved she can pull it off). Naturally, this occasion calls for a soft Chanel tweed, right?
And I'm thinking Trump's evening gown will be all Lauren, the quintessential American heritage designer known in runway circles for phenomenal evening wear. I'm thinking crepe sheath, with possibly a halter, and, yes girls, there will be jewels. You won't see Trump in kitten heels, though. She will be all about the stiletto pumps, and, apparently, Manolo Blahniks are her favorite.
The chatter surrounding Trump's choice for the inauguration began in earnest in the days after the election. Sophie Theallet kicked it off, urging designers to boycott dressing her because Theallet, who is French, found the president-elect's statements about immigrants offensive. Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam followed suit. Tom Ford chimed in but eventually clarified himself at the Golden Globes, saying he wouldn't want to dress any woman on the big day, including Hillary Clinton.
In December, former Vogue contributor André Leon Tally, who attended Paris fashion shows with Trump and even helped her choose her Dior wedding gown, said he was leaving Trumpland because of Donald's politics.
But there are those in the fashion world who said they'd be thrilled to dress the new first lady.
In December, Venezuelan American fashion designer Carolina Herrera said it would be an honor to dress Trump, and there was even a rumor Herrera was to have a hand in Friday's festivities. But the Washington Post's Robin Givhan learned it wasn't the case.
Speculation swatted away: #CarolinaHerrera isn't working on Melania Trump inaugural anything.
— Robin Givhan (@RobinGivhan) January 18, 2017
Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Allentown's own Thom Browne also said they would be OK answering Lady Trump's sartorial call. (Browne dressed Michelle Obama for the 2013 inauguration.)
In any event, whoever dresses Trump on Friday, she will no doubt look flawless.