Carolina Her­rera says it's an honor to dress Me­la­nia Trump

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

While a few de­sign­ers have made news say­ing they would not dress the fu­ture first lady, Carolina Her­rera said she'd be hon­ored if Me­la­nia Trump wore one of her out­fits. The famed de­signer spoke about Trump on the red car­pet be­fore she re­ceived an honor of her own Mon­day night from the Women's Lead­er­ship Coun­cil at Lin­coln Cen­ter. Who might dress the wife of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has be­come an is­sue af­ter de­sign­ers So­phie Theal­let and Tom Ford, who have both dressed first lady Michelle Obama, said they wouldn't do so for Mrs. Trump, a for­mer model.

But when asked if she would, Her­rera said, "Of course I will, as the first lady of this coun­try I will. Of course." She added, "It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the coun­try and it's some­thing to do for the United States. It's not for my­self. It's for the pub­lic." Obama has worn Her­rera while in the White House. Her­rera was lauded at the event for her 35 years of fash­ions by Emmy Ros­sum and Seth Mey­ers, among oth­ers. Diana Ross sang a mini-con­cert in Her­rera's honor, in­clud­ing hits like "Ain't No Moun­tain High Enough" and "I'm Com­ing Out."

Ros­sum and Mey­ers both used wed­ding dress tales to tes­tify about the great­ness of Her­rera. The "Shame­less" ac­tress said Her­rera, whom she called "the chicest women alive," was the first to de­sign for her on the red car­pet, and over the years, helped her get out of her com­fort zone. "She per­suaded me to em­brace in­creas­ingly bolder and brighter prints," Ros­sum said. "She dared me to stand out." Ros­sum said she ex­cit­edly called Her­rera to de­sign her gown for her up­com­ing wed­ding. "I knew with­out ques­tion that only she could make the wed­ding dress of my dreams, and she has ap­proached that task with the same care, el­e­gance and en­thu­si­asm that only she can," Ros­sum said. "I couldn't be more hon­ored at the thought of wear­ing her dress on my big day."

Mey­ers' wife also wore Her­rera for their wed­ding. On the day, the late- night co­me­dian re­called how his wife came down with food poi­son­ing and had to go to the hos­pi­tal, but ral­lied for the cer­e­mony. "I was still con­cerned as to how she would look as she walked down the aisle, be­cause I have to be hon­est, she did not look great in the hos­pi­tal," he said to laughs. "It was prob­lem­atic, be­cause I put on the tuxedo, I looked fan­tas­tic." But his fears were al­layed when she put on her Her­rera gown. "I can­not tell you how much it meant to me and how in awe I was when my wife walked down the aisle af­ter she had been ly­ing on that gurney, on those flu­ids, and it was all such a credit to this Carolina Her­rera wed­ding gown she was wear­ing," he said. "She was com­pletely trans­formed."

Ac­tress Pey­ton List at­tends the Lin­coln Cen­ter Cor­po­rate Fund Gala.

Model Romee Strijd

Ac­tress Ju­lianna Mar­gulies

Ac­tress Emily Robin­son

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Fash­ion de­signer Carolina Her­rera at­tends the Lin­coln Cen­ter Cor­po­rate Fund Gala honor­ing Carolina Her­rera at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

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