By Laia Garcia
Fashion is more than just wearing clothes — it’s a language. Which is why people were upset when, late last month, First Lady Melania Trump was photographed walking into Air Force One wearing a pair of sky-high, Manolo Blahnik pointed-toe pumps.
Under other circumstances, there would be nothing wrong with Melania’s choice of footwear. But considering she and President Donald J. Trump were heading to Texas to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, her shoes seemed to send a message that, while she was going to the affected area, she couldn’t be expected to offer hands-on help. When the plane landed in Houston, where people were still being rescued from precarious situations, she had changed into more sensible shoes — a pair of white low-top Converse — but the think pieces had already been written. The damage had been done.
Now, Manolo Blahnik, the designer behind said “storm stilettos,” has decided to share his thoughts on the situation. “I don’t think she’s insensitive,” he told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I think she’s working non-stop to make it work — possibly she was just wearing the shoes she left New York in. Yes, I think probably she could have worn Hunter boots but she was wearing what she was wearing.”
The designer, who has had a relationship with Melania Trump long before she obtained her current title, added: “I don’t give a damn about [politics] and I don’t know much about it. I love her, she’s a beauty and that’s all there is to it.”
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