Luxury fashion labels are distancing themselves from Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, after she posted a picture of herself stepping off a government plane in designer clothes and then went on a condescending rant at a critic who called her out.
Scottish actress Linton, 36, was slammed on social media after flaunting her wealth by hashtagging designers she was wearing in Kentucky, such as Valentino, Tom Ford and Hermès.
When one critic wrote, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable,” Linton lost it, writing back, “Cute! Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! . . . Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? . . . Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours. You’re adorably out of touch.”
Linton, whose most prominent acting project was the 2016 horror movie “Cabin Fever,” married Mnuchin — who is worth an estimated $500 million — in June at a Washington, DC, ceremony attended by President Trump.
An administration insider told us, “Louise loves the spotlight. At the Inauguration, she looked like a Barbie doll. You would never see Melania post a photo of herself striding in front of her husband, name-dropping expensive designer labels, especially on a government trip to discuss tax policy. She needs to exercise more discretion.”
Valentino quickly denied any ties to Linton, as did Tom Ford. A Valentino rep told WWD, “Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino.”
Linton’s been a past guest at events such as the Vanity Fair Oscar party as well as Fashion Week’s Dressed to Kilt Benefit and the Public Library’s Library Lions gala. But she won’t make the front rows at September’s New York Fashion Week thanks to her Instagram indiscretion.
One top fashion insider added, “Louise won’t be invited to Fashion Week or the big galas. And she certainly won’t be appearing in Vogue, if her wedding pictures [with Trump] hadn’t already killed her chances with Anna Wintour.”