I’ve deliberately avoided commentary on the wife of living typo Steve Mnuchin, the would-be actress Louise Linton…
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) August 22, 2017
…well, OK, maybe not avoided it… Our pal Evan Hurst at Wonkette got to it first, and gave the story his special polish. I mean, how could I compete with that, amiright?
Anyway, Women’s Wear Daily reports:
Brands Distancing Themselves From Louise Linton Instagram Post
A string of designer labels are making it known they had nothing to do with the wife of Steven Mnuchin tagging their merch in an Instagram post.
Valentino has no qualms in denying any ties to Louise Linton after the new wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin posted on Instagram an image of herself exiting a government plane and provided a slew of designer hashtags.
A spokeswoman said plainly that “Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino” when asked whether the company had any formal business interest in being tagged in a late Monday post by Linton.
The actress, whose most high-profile role to date is a 2007 appearance on “CSI: NY,” is also not affiliated in any way with and has received no free merchandise from Tom Ford, a brand she also mentioned in her post.
With tags like “#rolandmouret pants,” “#tomford sunnies,” “#hermesscarf,” and “#valentinorockstudheels #valentino,” it seemed like Linton was taking after the growing droves of digital influencers that are compensated for mentioning brands and their products on social media. Instagram is particularly popular for branded influencer-created content.
It’s not the Marie Antoinette moment everyone (me included) that the designers are worried about, it is the Nancy Reagan Effect that has them upset.