Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt, is always beautifully dressed in top designer gear. But while First Lady Michelle Obama is lauded as a style icon, Romney has been largely ignored by the fashion industry.
Hayley Phelan at Fashionista says she receives press releases from designers saying that Michelle Obama wore their designs, but hasn’t received one about Ann Romney.
When Ann wore a stunning red Oscar de la Renta to the RNC, there was not a peep from his PR team, while we received several notices about Michelle’s DNC wardrobe from Tracey Reese and Laura Smalls respectively. When Romney wore a printed Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, DVF’s PR team not only ignored it, but effectively distanced themselves from her saying they were “not quite sure how she obtained the dress.
There’s no questioning that Ann has great style. New York Magazine even said she put together a better debate outfit than Michelle.
But there are a few reasons the industry snubs Ann, according to Phelan:
- The fashion industry leans left. According to Women’s Wear Daily, 53.9 per cent of fashion industry campaign donations went to Obama, while only 45.9 per cent went to Republicans.
- Everyone is afraid of making Anna Wintour mad. The editor of Vogue is one of Obama’s biggest supporters and getting on her bad side could mean your brand isn’t featured in the magazine.
- Designers don’t want to miss out on Michelle Obama wearing their stuff. If the First Lady wears a dress, it’s a guaranteed sell-out.
Even though the fashion industry has snubbed her, Ann doesn’t seem to mind. She’s more “feminine than high fashion,” her designer, Alfred Fiandaca, told the New York Times.
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