Alfred Fiandaca is a designer who sells his clothes in New York, Boston, and Palm Beach. Ann Romney is his most famous customer, and has worn his stuff a number of times for high-profile campaign appearances. If he’s not her number-one favorite designer, he’s got to be up there. But unlike some of the other designer names Ann wears — who put their political capital toward Obama and Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s Democratic fundraising efforts — Fiandaca is an unabashed fan of the Romneys.
“I just go with my gut, and I know this man, and he’s funny and he’s an honest person,” he told NYmag.com, explaining that he met Mitt when he came into his store to buy things for Ann. “He’s not someone who’s just giving us B.S. and telling us what he thinks we want to hear.”
Anyway! Ann wore Fiandaca to guest host Good Morning America this week (pictured above).
And she loves this dress by Fiandaca so much she has it in two colors – red and blue. Maybe her white one got lost at the cleaners.
And she wore this leather dress with scalloped edges and laser-cutouts (tiered black leather doilies, in other words) on the Tonight show — her most Harley look to date.
Ann also wore a white skirt suit by Fiandaca at the first presidential debate, where a lot of people thought she looked better than Michelle Obama (who wore a blue dress and jacket by the edgy label Preen).
So this Alred Fiandaca is clearly a label Ann knows well, but has she fully explored the depths of its aesthetic possibility? No, she has not. She’s fallen down a rabbit hole of bright red dresses and no one’s around to pull her out of it — except for us. Because with Photoshop, we can show her what she’s missing out on. Here’s what she needs to buy from Fiandaca’s current collection.
7. 1. Inaugural ball option one: blue mullet hem ballgown with chiffon flower applique.
A soft, flirty look that would be perfect for off-setting the stiff sort of dancing she’d be doing all night if Mitt wins.
8. 2. Inaugural ball gown option two: this.
It’s beyond description. Like threading tin foil through a white lamé tube sock.
9. 3. For a lunch-time fundraiser somewhere indoors in a cold state: leopard-print skirt suit.
This checks all those Ann boxes: skirt suit, matchy-matchy, nipped in waist. What she really needs but hasn’t made a splash in yet is a snappy leopard-print look. Something fierce that has nothing to do with tiered black leather doilies.
10. 4. For doing just about anything in Florida: powder blue pant suit.
She needs something nice and swishy to go with her shell accessories and pearls.
11. 5. For her “Sesame Street” guest spot: pastel pink polka dotted one-shoulder dress with that weird fabric threading thing again.
If it clashes with Big Bird it won’t matter — HE’LL BE OUT ON THE STREET.
12. 6. For election night: metallic-and-black asymmetrical skirt suit.
With a long-sleeved jacket she can avoid the pitfalls of Michelle Obama’s hotly debated election-night cardigan. She’ll have to lose the gloves, though, if she wants to show off her favorite pearl bracelet. And knowing Ann, she’d not miss such an opportunity.
Ann Romney Photoshopping by John Gara.