Sunday 22 October 2017

Modern, sophisticated Melania silences Washington fashion snobs

President Donald Trump waves as he walks with First Lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Picture: Reuters
President Donald Trump waves as he walks with First Lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Picture: Reuters
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

It was a Ralph Lauren designer double for the Trump inauguration with the American designer dressing both Donald and his wife Melania for their date with destiny on Capitol Hill.

Lauren, the former tie salesman from the Bronx who became a global fashion giant, was textbook perfect for the Trumps' big day - and the 77-year-old designer totally delivered.

Melania silenced Washington snobs who might have feared the third Mrs Trump wouldn't get Georgetown style.

She marked the first hours of the 45th US presidency by sensationally stepping out from Jackie Kennedy's style shadow.

The 46-year-old looked sophisticated and elegant in a powder blue 'mock turtle-neck' dress and short, bolero-style jacket in double faced cashmere. She wore this with matching, long ruched gloves and suede accessories in a paler shade of ice blue. The raised shawl collar was perfect for January temperatures but while all around her, VIP guests and security wore heavy coats, the former model wasn't abandoning her 'look' and she went bare-legged. Unfortunately, the fake tan on her feet didn't match the colour on her legs.

The American press claimed that Melania was channelling Jackie Kennedy and she was accused of wearing the same colour as Jackie did at JFK's inauguration 55 years ago.

However, Melania was not guilty as accused and Jackie's dress and coat were made by Oleg Cassini in a beige wool. It was later during her Camelot days that Jackie wore an ice blue dress and matching pillbox hat.

For day one in the job, I give full marks to Melania. Her outfit was demure yet modern, but at times as she walked, the dress looked too roomy - as if it could have done with some judicious tailoring on the sides.

President Trump wore his signature red for victory tie from his own brand.

Daughter Ivanka took a leaf out of Hillary Clinton's book and wore a cream pant suit with dipped hemline jacket by Oscar de la Renta - Hillary's choice of designer for Bill's 1997 inauguration.

Irish Independent

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