Usually designers are pretty excited when high-profile political wives wear their designs. J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons once called Michelle Obama the “gift that keeps on giving,” while designer Tracy Reese told us she was “moved to tears” when she saw the First Lady wearing her dress at the DNC.
But Ann Romney’s recent wardrobe choice–a pretty, Diane von Furstenberg geometric print wrap dress, which she wore to a Republican rally in Florida last week–may not have designer von Furstenberg exactly jumping for joy–or sending out any press releases.
Why? Well, for one, von Furstenberg is an outspoken Democrat. She’s contributed to Obama’s Runway to Win re-election campaign and has dressed Michelle Obama on a few occasions. And according to BuzzFeed Shift, she once told a group gathered at her store during Fashion’s Night Out: “Everyone here better be a Democrat; no Republicans!”
But, despite having an apparent no-Republicans store policy, von Furstenberg’s dress somehow made it onto the back of Romney. “We’re actually not quite sure how Ann obtained the dress,” a DVF spokesperson said to BuzzFeed Shift, declining to comment further.
The bigger question here, of course, is not how Ann got the dress (she probably just bought it off the rack like anyone else) but why she would choose to wear it in the first place. We suppose it’s possible she was unaware of DVF’s political leanings–though that seems unlikely given von Furstenberg’s high profile and the huge amount of time and money that goes into picking a campaign wardrobe. Could Romney be trying to win over the fashion designer crowd, which so far seems to be generally in favor of Obama?
Perhaps she just really likes a good wrap dress.