Donald Trump lashes out at latest fashion designer refusing to dress Melania

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If there’s one thing we know about the president-elect, it’s this: he just can’t let things go.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen him lay into almost everybody, from Alec Baldwin (“not funny”), to Meryl Streep (“overrated”), to Barack Obama (“ignorant”), and, of course, Hillary Clinton (“nasty”).

Now the human cheeto has turned his rheumy eyes in the direction of Tom Ford, who recently joined the growing list of fashion designers refusing to dress America’s next first lady, his wife Melania.

With names such as Marc Jacobs, Sophie Theallet and Christian Siriano refusing to provide clothing for the soon-to-be First Lady, Ford – who has made no secret of the fact that he voted for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton – explained that his clothes are too “expensive” for Melania to wear.

He told: “Whoever is the president, or the first lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America.

“My clothes are made in Italy, they're very, very expensive. I don't think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the first lady or the president should represent all people.”

And it’s not the first time he has said he won’t dress Melania; while visiting The View in November last year, he told them that he had been “asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined.”

He added: “She's not necessarily my image.”

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Donald Trump isn’t happy with the snub, and has responded to Ford’s comments during a Fox & Friends interview.

“[She] never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford, doesn't like his designs," the president-elect said. “I'm not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been.”

Trump went on to claim that Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn “just called me and he said he thought it was so terrible what Tom Ford said, that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

It seems only fitting that President Obama recently offered some advice to his successor replacement, Trump, on what it takes to actually run a country.

“Thick skin helps,” he said, during an interview with 60 Minutes.

Obama went on to call Trump an “unconventional candidate” who “overrode some of the traditional benchmarks of how you'd run a campaign or conduct yourself as a presidential candidate.”

And, like the rest of the world, everyone’s favourite POTUS has admitted that he is curious to see how Trump's conduct will change (or not change) once he's in office.

“What will be interesting to see is how that plays out during the course of his presidency,” Obama said.

“We are moving into an era where a lot of people get their information through tweets and sound bites and some headline that comes over their phone. And I think that there's a power in that.

“There's also a danger, what generates a headline or stirs up a controversy and gets attention isn't the same as the process required to actually solve the problem.”


Just one more day to go until Trump takes over at the White House, everyone.

Images: Rex pictures


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.