Prez-a-Porter: 5 Ways Top Fashion Designers Are Borrowing From Trump for Their 2017 Lines

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By Masha Froliak | 10:15 pm, January 3, 2017

Style-wise, Donald Trump is known mostly for his corporate suits, golf shirts and, of course, his candy-colored hairdo. But the president-elect, it turns out, may be a stealthy fashion icon. According to Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Trump was a source of inspiration for 2017 fashion trends from such major brands as Jil Sander, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta.

The proof? Trump, the magazine says, was sporting pastel colors, square built blazers and a red cap long before designers started incorporating them into their 2017 lines. As a result, Harper’s has decided to pay tribute to the president-elect’s keen sense of style.

Using side-by-side comparisons with some of the leading runway looks of the upcoming spring-summer season, Harper’s shows how contemporary designers are drawing inspiration from Trump’s long-running sartorial choices.

Pastel colors 

Bottega Veneta, spring-summer 2017 / Donald Trump and Marla Maple, 1991

High-waisted pants

Lemaire, spring-summer 2017 / Donald Trump and Marla Maple, 1991

Pastel Blue

Jil Sander, spring-summer, 2017 / Donald Trump, 1991

Square-shouldered blazers

Balenciaga, spring-summer, 2017 / Donald Trump, 1994

Red cap


Acne Studios, spring-summer / Donald Trump, 2015