Unlike most high-profile fashion designers these days, South End-based Alfred Fiandaca doesn’t send out press releases every time a celebrity steps out wearing one of his outfits. Which may explain why he hasn’t received much recognition this campaign season, even though he has been Ann Romney’s designer of choice on the trail.
That’s changing as the fashion police become more adept at recognizing Fiandaca’s touches in Romney’s looks. He won plaudits after the first debate when she wore one of his crisp, cream-colored skirt suits, and then again a few days later when she showed up on “Good Morning America” wearing a Fiandaca-designed stretch taffeta shirtdress in stop-sign red. The attention, however, hasn’t been all positive. A black leather skirt suit that Romney wore on Jay Leno’s show in September got people talking, but not in a good way.