Gucci's Creative Director comments on Melania Trump and Kellyanne Conway wearing his clothes


Melania Trump put Gucci at the top of presidential campaign headlines when she wore the Italian fashion house's pink pussy-bow blouse to her husband's second debate with Hillary Clinton last October. Then, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway showed up at Donald Trump's inauguration in a $3,600 red, white, and blue Gucci coat that she bizarrely called "Trump revolutionary wear." Neither of the women were loaned the clothes; they bought them off the rack or online, which may be why we didn't hear a peep from Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele about it—until now. Michele recently talked about the Melania and Kellyanne incidents with The Washington Post's Robin Givhan, telling her: "We have all kinds of customers. Everybody is free to do what they want."

See Melania in the controversial "pussy bow" blouse:

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Melania Trump greet each other before Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton begin their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump arrives before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son Eric Trump and son Donald Trump, Jr. attend the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
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True, but the Trump administration's policies, especially those on immigration and transgender rights, are in opposition to what Michele has been championing—diversity and inclusivity—with Gucci's ad campaigns. The pre-fall 2017 campaign featured all people of color, and the ads for Gucci's new fragrance, Bloom, includes trans model, actress, and activist Hari Nef. So it is a bit of a surprise that Michele is OK with it all.

Melania wearing Gucci at the debate was one of the more confusing moments of the campaign—just two days earlier, a recording of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting a woman surfaced and went viral. The phrase that caught the most media attention was the then presidential-hopeful Trump saying that he could "grab [women] by the pussy." So what was Melania's intention when she chose that particular $1,100 top? Was it a flip "f-ck you" to those outraged by Trump's comments? Or a silent show of solidarity with her fellow women? Never mind that the pink pussy hat became a major emblem of the women's marches around the world.

Several fashion designers have spoken out about whether or not they would dress Melania, and how they felt about her wearing their clothes, from Sophie Theallet and Christian Siriano (hard pass) to Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren (the latter of whom made her inauguration day suit).

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Christian Siriano: Undecided

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Tom Ford: No

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Marc Jacobs: No

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Sophie Theallet: No

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Derek Lam: No

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Phillip Lim: No

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Tommy Hilfiger: Yes

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Thom Browne: Yes

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Carolina Herrera: Yes

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Marcus Wainwright: Yes

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Vera Wang: Neutral

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Calvin Klein: Yes

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Michele seems to have taken a diplomatic approach: "To be against something or someone, it's a dangerous thing. It's easy to be against your enemy, but if you give them a big hug... " he said in his Washington Post interview. To the more cynical, this may look like a shrewd business strategy. Others (myself included) might take a more optimistic view. Michele is actually practicing what he preaches, and believes there's room for everyone in his eclectic, wildly popular Gucci universe. Either way, it's working; Gucci, a $5 billion brand, saw its revenue increase by nearly 13 percent last year.

PHOTOS: All of Melania's outfits since becoming FLOTUS

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FLOTUS dons a collaboration "designed by Hervé Pierre and Melania Trump" at the Inaugural Ball.

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Melania attends National Prayer Services on January 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. in Christian Louboutins.

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Melania arrives in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 3, 2017, in a red Givenchy cape-sleeve shift dress and red flats.

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The first lady attends the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala on February 4, 2017, in pink Dior.

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FLOTUS turns to The Row and Derek Lam to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017.

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Melania steps off Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport on February 10, 2017, in head-to-toe Michael Kors.

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017, with and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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FLOTUS stuns in a black lace number with POTUS, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (in Karl Lagerfeld) welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on February 15, 2017. 

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Alexander McQueen as she listens as her husband address a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017.

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Melania's Michael Kors outfit for husband's first joint session of Congress left everyone talking.

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US First Lady Melania Trump wears Ralph Lauren for the White House for a luncheon on International Women's Day on March 8, 2017.

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Melania Trump donned Alice Roi while departing the White House on March 17, 2017.

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Melania Trump walks into the East Room dressed in The Row to attend an event celebrating Women's History Month on March 29, 2017.

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FLOTUS turns to Herve Pierre again for her meeting with Queen Rania of Jordan on April 5, 2017.

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The first lady arrives in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017 in a patterned, belted black dress.

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Melania Trump hosts China's first lady in a subtly altered $5,500 red Valentino dress.

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FLOTUS sports a Hermes scarf while visiting the Bak Middle School of the Arts on April 7, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

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US First Lady Melania Trump leaves the annual Easter Egg Roll in a pale pink sleeveless tea-length dress by Herve Pierre.

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Melania visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on April 22, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland in a short, tan trenchcoat and black pants.

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The first lady wears a navy blue suit with a large belt on her birthday on April 26, 2017.

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The US first lady hosts Argentine first lady on April 27, 2017, in a green $4,115 ensemble.

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Melania wears a white eyelet dress as she takes part in a ribbon cutting for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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FLOTUS walks into the East Room for an event for military mothers on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the White House May 12, 2017, wearing wide-legged black trousers and a crisp white blouse. 

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First lady Melania Trump walks across the South Lawn on May 19, 2017, wearing an orange leather skirt by Hervé Pierre.

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US First Lady Melania Trump chats with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on May 20, 2017 in a Stella McCartney jumpsuit.

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First Lady Melania Trump visits the American International School in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 21, 2017 in a Ralph Lauren shirtdress and Saint Laurent belt.

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Melania Trump wearing Michael Kors during an official welcoming ceremony on Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on May, 22 2017 near Tel Aviv, Israel 

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The first lady lays a wreath during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum on May 23, 2017, wearing Roksanda.

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Melania Trump wears a white fit-and-flare dress as she departs from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

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Melania disembarks from Air Force One at Fiumicino international Airport in an all-black ensemble on May 24, 2017.

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First Lady Melania Trump wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress and a black veil during a visit with Pope Francis on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. 

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Melania Trump arrives at the Melsbroek Military Airport in Steenokkerzeel on May 24, 2017 wearing a Michael Kors gingham coat dress.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to visit the Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital on May 25, 2017 in a custom Maison Ullens leather suit.

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Melania Trump attends the official reception for the partners of the NATO chiefs at the Royal Castle of Laeken, wearing a black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives for a visit at the Chierici Palace City Hall of Catania on May 26, 2017 in Sicily, wearing a $51,500 floral Dolce & Gabbana jacket.

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Melania Trump dons Dolce & Gabbana again as she attends the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra on May 26, 2017 at the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily.

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The first lady wears Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin at Naval Air Station Sigonella on May 27, 2017.

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First lady Melania Trump returns to the White House on May 27, 2017 in white culottes and a mint green cardigan.

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First Lady Melania Trump walks on stage in Monique Lhuillier during the annual gala at the Ford's Theatre to honor President Abraham Lincoln's legacy, on June 4, 2017.

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FLOTUS wears wide-legged brown trousers and carries her Hermès Birkin handbag as she walks from Marine One across the South Lawn on June 11.

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Melania Trump opts for flat, a shirt dress by Gabriela Hearst and a Michael Kors belt as she departs the White House for Camp David, June 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Melania crosses the South Lawn after arriving at The White House on June 18 in olive green J Brand Maria fitted pants, Manolo Blahnik sandals and a white Céline tote.

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Melania Trump leaves the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on June 14, 2017 in Washington D.C.

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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump poses in Michael Kors for photographs with Lorena Castillo Garca de Varela, first lady of Panama, near the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 19, 2017. 

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First Lady Melania Trump arrive at the Congressional picnic at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 22 in a Mary Katrantzou dress.

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The first lady turns heads in Emilio Pucci while meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26.

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Melania Trump welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-sook to the White House on June 29, 2017 in a Roland Mouret dress and Christian Louboutins.

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First Lady Melania Trump arrives in New Jersey to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club on June 30, 2017, wearing a high-waisted patterned skirt, a tucked-in white blouse and matching white pumps.

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FLOTUS joins in the singing of the National Anthem at a Fourth of July picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Esteban Cortazar.

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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump wears Valentino pants and Manolo Blahniks as she departs with President Donald Trump for travel to Poland and the upcoming G-20 summit on July 5, 2017.

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Melania Trump wears DVF as she arrives in Warsaw, Poland on July 5, 2017.

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FLOTUS turns heads in Delpozo as she arrives at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 6, 2017.

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The first lady poses in a flapper-style Michael Kors number prior to a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump wears Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta and Manolo Blahniks as she's greeted by Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz at a town hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017.

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Melania Trump walks to Marine One while departing from the White House on July 12, 2017, wearing black wide-legged trousers and a blazer.

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FLOTUS arrives in Paris in Dior on July 13, 2017. 

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