Hillary Clinton wore a purple outfit in her farewell speech to voters on November 9.

On November 9, when losing candidate Hillary Clinton appeared with her husband at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City to say goodbye to voters, she wore a signature suit by American designer Ralph Lauren.

However, this combination probably symbolizes the end of the `love affair` between the American fashion world and political power in Washington, according to the New York Times.

A passionate relationship

The fashion industry pledged more loyalty to Clinton than any other industry.

Diane von Furstenberg, designer and president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, enthusiastically called for donations to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign fund.

Fashion designers including Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung even created a Made for History fashion collection for Clinton’s campaign fundraising booth.

Designer Ralph Lauren actually became Mrs. Clinton’s wardrobe consultant, assisting her in building her image from the Democratic convention to direct debates with Donald Trump.

It was the glorious culmination of a relationship that began when Mrs. Clinton appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in December 1998.

This relationship further flourished during the Obama administration when first lady Michelle Obama warmly welcomed the fashion world from popular brands like J.Crew, young designers like Jason Wu and Christian Siriano for

Joseph Altuzarra, who designed Michelle Obama’s clothes, said the first lady uses fashion to convey messages.

Fashion's love affair with the White House may end under Trump

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Vogue (left) and Hillary Clinton.

Not close to American fashion

One notable thing is that on election night, Melania Trump wore a white jumpsuit designed by Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren is a famous American brand and wearing this designer’s outfit can signify that she supports domestic talent and the fashion industry.

Her and the rest of the family’s outfits are not used in the traditional way of highlighting American fashion – even though `Made in America` is one of the platforms promoted by Mr.

Donald Trump himself is loyal to suits from Brioni fashion brand (Italy) and red ties made in China from his own brand.

According to Marcus Wainwright, chief executive of fashion brand Rag & Bone, if there’s a unifying message to the Trumps’ wardrobe, it’s not that it’s `made locally` but that it `looks cool.`

Maybe because Trump and his daughter Ivanka both have their own fashion brands, they view clothing as simply a product rather than a means to convey a political message.

Fashion's love affair with the White House may end under Trump

Melania Trump wore a jacket from the French brand when she went to vote.

Confused by the new reality

Referring to Mr. Trump’s conciliatory victory speech, designer Diane von Furstenberg said that maybe Mr. Trump’s opinion on clothes will change when he enters the White House.

But the above predictions are not really convincing.

Now, the American fashion industry must grapple with what happens next: how can it position itself if fashion is marginalized and seen as nothing more than clothes for dressing up?

The first biggest test of the relationship between the new administration and the American fashion industry will take place at the presidential swearing-in ceremony when millions of eyes around the world turn to America’s first family as well as America’s first family.

None of the designers NYTimes interviewed said they would refuse to design clothes for Melania Trump if she asked, although designer Diane von Furstenberg said Trump’s wife might not need her help.

Joseph Altuzarra pointed out that Ivanka Trump once wore his clothes and said: `I disagree with them, but I don’t want to refuse to design for them.`

Marcus Wainwright, CEO of fashion brand Rag & Bonem, also agrees.

Based on Melania Trump’s previous outfit choices, it can be speculated that she will continue her long-standing habit of wearing an outfit from a European high-end fashion brand to an event that is probably a fashion event.

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