Has Anna Wintour banned designers from dressing Ann Romney Why the fashion industry appears to be snubbing Mitt's wife
20:52 GMT, 23 October 2012
Michelle Obama is a clear favourite in the fashion industry. Her outfits sell out within minutes, designers clamor to dress her, and she counts Vogue's Anna Wintour and J. Crew's Jenna Lyons as supporters.
While fashion publicists routinely send out handfuls of press releases as soon the 48-year-old is spotted in their client's brand, 63-year-old Ann Romney's outfit choices routinely go unclaimed; so much so that many have started asking why.
Some have posed the theory that Vogue's resident Democrat, Ms Wintour, is silently threatening designers' standing in her magazine should they endeavor to dress Republican presidential candidate's wife.
She's wearing who Fashion PRs routinely email press releases as soon as Michelle Obama wears their
client's brand, however Ann Romney's outfit choices routinely go unclaimed
Fashionista wrote: 'We receive press release upon press release about Michelle’s campaign
wardrobe and it’s become a major coup for a designer to dress Michelle
Obama. But we’ve yet to receive one–one–about Ann Romney’s.'
For example, after Mrs Romney wore Oscar de la Renta for the first time to the Republican National Convention, the designer's usually vocal press team was silent.
Meanwhile, fashion and news publications quickly received word that Mrs Obama's Democratic National Convention dresses were Tracey Reese and Thom Browne, from their respective public relations teams.
Fashion ban Some have said that Anna Wintour is silently threatening designers' standing in Vogue should they dress Mrs Ronmey
And when Mrs Romney wore a printed
Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, the brand's press team first ignored
it. Only after pressure from online media would they state they were 'not
quite sure how she obtained the dress,' revealing that, unlike many public figures, they had not loaned or given Mrs Romney the outfit.
At a Fashion's Night Out event in
Manhattan last month, the designer announced to the crowd: 'Everyone here better
be a Democrat; no Republicans!'
von Furstenberg then instructed guests to hurry home and 'watch the
President [on TV] at 10pm', when he would be giving his DNC speech.
the past year, Ms Wintour has become one of President Obama’s
leading financiers, raising over half a million dollars for his campaign
and hosting numerous dinners in his name with celebrity guests like
Sarah Jessica Parker.
Then there is Vogue's Runway to Win
campaign, a project put together by Ms Wintour, which Michael Kors,
Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Tracey Reese and more, have contributed
to, publicly putting their brands behind the President.
Fashionista's Haley Phelan wrote: 'It might be a little
awkward to then turn around and dress his opponent’s wife – which may
explain Diane von Furstenberg’s reticence to acknowledge Romney wearing
Mrs Obama has long been a supporter of emerging American designers, even before she become First Lady, often wearing Mr Wu and Thakoon Panichgul, who afterwards, quickly became household names. However the Runway to Win campaign has been labelled a contributing factor in its contributing designers' willingness to dress Mrs Obama so often.
Also, the fashion industry in general, has a proven record of leaning to the left.
to Women’s Wear Daily, 53.9per cent of fashion industry campaign
donations went to President Obama, while only 45.9per cent went to
Fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR told Fox News: 'The
fashion industry is predominantly on the left,' before noting that many
brands and designers fear being associated with the Republican party
and its marginalizing stances on same-sex marriage and abortion.
Lady in red: After Mrs Romney wore Oscar
de la Renta for the first time to the Republican National Convention,
the designer's usually vocal public relations team was silent
In a twist: Mrs Romney was seen wearing a $345 dress by Diane von Furstenberg in Florida earlier this month, however the designer's press team were careful not to promote the
Edgy vs conservative: Alfred Fiandaca is the only designer to publicly lay claim to dressing Mrs Romney, a designer she buys 'off the rack' and wears often (pictured)
David Zyla, an Emmy-winning stylist who
has previously dressed Hillary Clinton, told Fox News: 'Unfortunately
whoever came along in 2012 as a First Lady contender was going to have a
tough fight winning in the fashion arena.
'It does not appear that Ann Romney is being snubbed by the fashion industry, but designers do seem to be employing a bit of caution in their approach of her. Perhaps… designers are skittish not about how she will appear in their clothes, but more importantly how she will style and accessorize them.'
Boston-based Alfred Fiandaca is the only designer to publicly lay claim to
dressing the 'pretty and blonde' Mrs Romney who is often described by
the public as today's aesthetic epitome of a Stepford Wife.
After Women's Wear Daily
revealed the he is the go to designer for the First Lady hopeful, Mr
Fiandaca was quick to note that Mrs Romney purchases all of his clothes
'off the rack'.
Fashion's first lady: Designers clamour to dress Mrs Obama, who brings a 'unique, vibrant and youthful style' to First Lady dressing. Both Thom Browne (left) and Jason Wu (right) proudly tweeted she had worn their dresses
The also admitted to the New York Times he was a 'life long democrat,' before telling New York's Magazine's fashion blog The Cut that some of Mr Romney's policies offended him.
Of course Mrs Romney, whose husband
has an estimated personal wealth of $250million, can buy as many designer dresses, from any label, as she desires. Whether she dares to dip into Mrs Obama's supporting pool of edgy designers is unclear.
However, if her husband is elected President, the tables may turn.
Celebrity stylist Amanda
Reno noted: 'Let’s face it, regardless of whether you are a Republican or Democrat,
everyone wants to dress the First Lady.'