To add to the long list of designers that are refusing to dress Melania and Ivanka, Zac Posen, famous designer that formally dressed Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, and a host of other stars, has decided he wants to keep his image out of politics…by standing against politics.
It seems to have come to the point where designers, and other corporations, are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to standing up for what they believe in. While Posen’s reasons for refusing to dress Melania or Ivanka are strong and commendable, his wishy washy stance on politics and fashion make his message a little confusing. Posen states:
“Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics.”
This is a sentiment that many companies providing a service or product have taken. However, and this is where we see him fighting with himself, Posen continues by saying:
“There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me — deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood and women’s rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight them and in support of them. I think it’s important to use your voice. I think that every brand and person has a right to be vocal.”
It is very apparent that Posen is extremely upset by the lack of positive output towards equal rights that the Trump Administration has put out, but like so many others, he seems afraid to jump in head first in his declaration by including his brand in his feelings towards the issues. Posen seems to also keep a strong feeling of hope in the background by stating:
“I’m very upset with the state of affairs right now. I always try to be optimistic. I think that freedom will prevail. And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store.”
It seems this designer is fearful of losing money by 100 percent standing behind his dislike for the Trump clan but also doesn’t want to stay completely out of it. This is not surprising having seen the backlash some people and companies have taken from both Trump temper-tantrums and the current political arena.
Let’s hope that Trump’s backlash doesn’t start to make other’s fearful for standing up for what is right.