Until now, the most recognizable items Ann Romney has worn are a bold red Oscar de la Renta dress and an offensively expensive Reed Krakoff bird-printed top. Her style is fairly modest (leather experiments aside), and figuring out who designs her outfits has not been easy. Well, all that is changing, because we just learned that Romney loves wearing New York-based designer Alfred Fiandaca! Wait, who?
He’s the one to thank (blame?) for Romney’s cream skirt suit to the presidential debate Wednesday night, that rock n’ roll leather ensemble on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as a slew of other outfits from her campaign trail with Mitt.
According to the designer’s site, he moved from East Boston to New York City when he was 17 years old, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He moved back to East Boston, opened his own shop on Newbury Street, and, since establishing his line in 1960, has dressed ladies like Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, Nancy Reagan, Jean Kennedy, among others. His designs were once available at department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel, but customers can now visit his boutiques in Boston and Palm Beach, in addition to his Garment District atelier.
According to The Cut, Fiandaca is an apolitical designer, and a rep said that Democrats and Republicans alike have all worn his wares. Romney has been buying off-the-rack Fiandaca pieces for over a decade, but the designer’s told them that he wishes Romney would let his staff tailor her clothes now that she has to be camera-ready at all times.