During NYFW, Zac Posen told Fashion Unfiltered he refused to let up in his mission to design empowering and impeccable wares that make women feel exquisite, despite the rather turbulent state of our political climate making us feel otherwise. “We are learning as the world changes,” he said. His mother, Susan, who was present at the designer’s Fall 2017 photo shoot, echoed his sentiments, adding that “beauty trumps all.” Though it’s fairly obvious where Posen has stood in terms of dressing First Lady Melania Trump, today, he officially announced that he has “no current plans” to dress Melania—and, for that matter, Ivanka—joining the growing list of designers like Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford who have spoken out against dressing members of the Trump family.
“Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics,” Posen told The Daily Beast. “There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me—deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them.”
He also added that he believes the fashion industry should be cautious in its approach to advocating for issues. “You can’t market or commercialize feminism as an entity. One has to be careful,” he said. “I aim to be about powerful women in my clothing.”
While Posen said he’s “very upset” with the current state of affairs, he wants to remain optimistic. “I think that freedom will prevail,” he said. “And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store.”