Wednesday 26 September 2018

Melania Trump wore a white pantsuit at the State of the Union address - what does it mean?

US First Lady Melania Trump looks on as she arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump looks on as she arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump arrives during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she is mentioned by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Melania Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Melania Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she is mentioned by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Melania Trump arrives for the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. first lady Melania Trump departs The Capitol at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. first lady Melania Trump departs The Capitol at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC
Melania Trump. Photo: Jonathan Ernst
Former US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP / POOL / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump
Former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

There are few reports more modern than an analysis of US first lady Melania Trump's wardrobe.

The former model, who has only given a handful of interviews both in her former life as a billionaire's wife and stay-at-home mother and even still in her new, antithetical role as one of the most public women in the world. She rarely speaks to press, save only for a few cringeworthy moments in defence of her husband and her awkward speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016, and said before the public would never know where her political allegiances remain.

She is an ever increasing enigma.

So, the practice du jour has become fixating on her wardrobe, especially when there seems to be more depth to her clothing choices than a closet full of Birkin bags and Manolo Blahnik heels.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump departs The Capitol at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. first lady Melania Trump departs The Capitol at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC

It began after her husband's infamous "grab 'em by the p***y" tapes were leaked and fashion insiders speculated about the potential link when she wiore a pink pussybow Gucci blouse for her next engagement days later. And at Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Donald Trump's first as US president, it's believed she was giving another not-so-subtle nod as to where she stands in the White House.

Melania has remained silent on tabloid reports earlier this month that President Trump engaged in an affair with a former porn star who performed under the name Stormy Daniels, after she gave birth to their son Barron in 2006.

On Tuesday night, she stood out amid a sea of dark suits and dresses with her sleek Dior combination, finishing off her look with a pair of nude pumps by Christian Louboutin.

She hasn't been pictured publicly with him since and the first couple arrived separately to Capitol Hill, while the first lady sashayed in wearing a white Dior pantsuit. The message wasn't lost, but its meaning is still unclear.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she is mentioned by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she is mentioned by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Her outfit was nearly identical to that of Hillary Clinton, who wore a Ralph Lauren suit to Trump's inauguration last January and earlier, at the Democratic National Convention while marking being the first major party female nominee for president.

At the time, it seemed all but certain that Hillary chose white for a reason, it's traditionally associated with the suffragette movement. After the 'black out' at the Golden Globes, it's rare these days that a suit is ever just a suit, something Melania knows all too well.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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