Paul Costelloe: 'Melania Trump is probably the most glamorous First Lady since Jackie Kennedy'
Ralph Lauren came up trumps for her inaugural appearance as First Lady last month, and it seems US President Donald Trump's wife Melania is already having an impact in the world of fashion.
Elegant, structured and mono-coloured designs have been favoured by celebrities including our own Laura Whitmore and Amanda Byram for recent events, and one man who agrees that Melania's role as First Lady is inevitably influencing fashion is Irish designer Paul Costelloe.
"I think as a First Lady, Melania is probably the most glamorous since Jackie Kennedy. She will set trends as First Lady. She likes strong colours that work well," he told the Irish Independent.
So far, according to Mr Costelloe, she hasn't put a foot wrong.
"For the inauguration, I liked the colour of the Ralph Lauren number and I thought she looked comfortable in it," he said.
Earlier this week, Melania chose an exclusive design from fashion powerhouse Karl Lagerfeld (creative director at both Chanel and Fendi) for her first White House press conference, with some commentators stateside concluding that the white cashmere pencil skirt and jacket was a nod to purity, innocence and neutrality.
That such close attention is even being paid to "colour psychology" and Melania Trump's wardrobe indicates that, like her or loathe her, like many first ladies before her, she's emerging as something of a fashion powerhouse.
For Mr Costelloe, Melania's confidence and ability to showcase a good outfit means many eyes in the fashion world are on her.
"I think she definitely has her own individual style," he said. "Melania isn't the slimmest person in the world, but she wears everything very well. She was a model so she has good posture. She's certainly Donald's trophy wife, and she behaves accordingly."
Numerous American designers, however, are not keen on dressing her. Tom Ford, for example, certainly didn't mince his words when tackled on the subject, stating: "I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined. She's not necessarily my image."
Carolina Herrera, however, predicted attitudes towards dressing the First Lady would change, saying: "In two or three months, they'll reach out. You'll see everyone dressing Melania."
Tommy Hilfiger is also all for dressing Mrs Trump, stressing that as far as he's concerned, her clothes have little to do with politics.
"I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her," he said.