Hervé Pierre: Dressing the First Lady By Suzy Menkes 4 December 2017 The designer who came out of the shadows to create Melania Trump’s wardrobe is now launching a capsule collection Only 12 little black dresses, or perhaps a lush ink-blue, comprise the first collection to carry Hervé Pierre’s name after a quarter of a century in fashion. Everybody has a different reaction to what she’s wearing. Georges St-Pierre was born on May 19, 1981, Saint-Isidore, Canada. Melania Helped Pierre to Design the Inaugural Ball Gown. But what I made for the inauguration really will be forever.”, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump (wearing Hervé Pierre) have dinner at the Eiffel Tower at Le Restaurant le Jules Verne (led by chef Alain Ducasse, right), with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte Macron, Melania Trump (wearing a pencil skirt by Hervé Pierre, a polo neck by Victoria Beckham and coat by Stella McCartney) with her son Barron (left) at the annual ceremony to pardon the Thanksgiving Day turkey at the White House, 8 Playful AW20 Beauty Trends To Road Test At Home This Weekend, The Most Discerning Shoppers Are Investing In Carolina Herrera Handbags. Did somebody already wear it?' The designer who came out of the shadows to create Melania Trump’s wardrobe is now launching a capsule collection. Though, it should be noted that both Trump and Obama were paying for the vast majority of their wardrobes out of pocket. “Who, as a free woman, is going to be told what to wear? As for Pierre, who immigrated to America in his late '20s, he doesn't seem to be bothered by the political ramifications of his latest gig. There’s no 'How to Be the Perfect First Lady' book. In 100 years people will still look at it. I choose to," he said. Melania Trump's wardrobe choices have drawn a lot of criticism since the inauguration back in January. She is an Author and Television personality and Public speaker who is popular through the popular ‘Love and Hip Hop: New York’ show. Harve Pierre, also known by the stage name Joe Hooker, is an American writer, singer, producer, and record executive who is president of Bad Boy Entertainment. For Bill Clinton’s second swearing in, Hillary went pink, in a pastel-hued wool coat. ", The designer is aware that some of the outfits Melania has worn since President Donald Trump took office have garnered strong reactions online. Pierre is an American of Haitian descent. So here is a designer in search of a business that he can call his own. “I thought immediately of my grandmother and my parents seeing that I had an actress walking the red carpet in my design.”. "If you forget about the political, or whatever, that’s behind it, the needs are so interesting to answer. He is the son of parents’ Roland St-Pierre (father) and Pauline St-Pierre (mother). Here’s Why. Since the First Lady has become “more exposed”, the stores have been asking Hervé for “what you did at Herrera in your own vocabulary”. At least since Jackie Kennedy was criticized for her preference for pricey European designer duds, the First Lady's wardrobe has been politicized. The designer also dressed Bush for that year’s inaugural ball, crafting an ice blue and silver embroidered tulle V-neck dress. Overall, Pierre is most concerned with making sure that the First Lady stands out, even when she's wearing pieces from known designers like Michael Kors or Dior: "I always ask: 'Was it already on the red carpet? We take you inside his New York City studio. Or maybe his cheerful appearance dates back to an upbringing in his parents’ hotel in Sancerre, a wine-producing area in the Loire Valley in central France. "The beauty of this country is it’s a democracy, so some people want to dress certain people and some people don’t want to," he told the Times. Jackie Kennedy took on her role as First Lady and burgeoning style icon wearing a sleeveless silk chiffon dress, which she helped to design alongside Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf Goodman. "I go to Bergdorf, I go to Saks, Michael Kors, Dior," he told The Times. Obama selected young designer Jason Wu’s cream-colored, one shoulder gown for the couple’s first inauguration, marking her first step as a major fashion influencer. For her husband’s second inauguration, Mamie Eisenhower wore a citron lace ballgown – with a matching slip and petticoat – designed by Nettie Rosenstein. You learn on the spot. “I’m a Yankee Doodle,” he announces. Mrs. Obama enlisted the help of insiders like Ikram Goldman and, later, Meredith Koop, and her wardrobe selections weren't always conducted in secret. ", On the list of looks he does consider a hit, Pierre spoke fondly of the white dress that he designed for the Inauguration Ball; that occasion also happened to be the first time he met the First Lady. ", Related: Dolce & Gabbana Is Selling #Boycott T-Shirts Amidst Melania Trump Mini-Controversy. Back in March, Mrs. Trump wore a black Michale Kors skirt suit to her husband's first address to a joint session of congress. “I got chills,” Hervé says. Yet, Melania Trump's choice in clothing has led to political eyebrow raising of the type we haven't quite seen before. “Even if I am not an artist, I will have one piece in a museum in this country. While at Oscar de la Renta, he worked on gowns for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush when they resided in the White House; later, as the creative director at Carolina Herrera, he made dresses for Michelle Obama. And what about Melania Trump, the First Lady, wearing their son’s creation, which is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.? To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. In a rare interview with The New York Times, designer Hervé Pierre cut right to the chase: He accepted the role of being Melania Trump's stylist, and he doesn't regret it. "I’m not always right. Although Hervé, 52, seems predictably stunned about his current moment in the sun, he is now eager to take his experience of being the sewing hands behind the thrones and launch his own work in conjunction with New York’s mighty stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Sak’s Fifth Avenue and online luxury retailer Moda Operandi. Her husband Donald Trump's "America First" catchphrase and popularity among the whiter subset of the working class, has been at direct odds with Melania's preference for buying out of pocket high-priced, often foreign designed and assembled garments. Nancy Reagan made her penchant for all things glamorous known at the 1981 Inaugural Ball, donning a one-shouldered lace gown by John Galanos. Rosalynn Carter arrived to the capital hand-in-hand with her husband, wearing a swingy teal peacoat and knee-high boots. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images).

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