Melania Trump Wears $2,995 Dress on New Year's Eve
The Dolce & Gabbana frock was made in Italy.
First-lady-to-be Melania Trump isn’t succumbing to pressure to boost American fashion — at least not yet.
For the New Year’s Eve party held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., she chose a black cocktail dress, with jeweled bow details on either shoulder, not by an American designer, but by Italian fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana.
The sleeveless scoop-neck style sells for $2,995 at Neiman Marcus, and all sizes are still available, per the retailer’s website.
Many American designers who supported Trump rival Hillary Clinton during the election have refused to dress the wife of the divisive president-elect, including Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. But a handful have said they would be proud to support the democratic process and dress the new first lady, including Tommy Hilfiger. Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein.
On Sunday, Italian designer Stefano Gabbana joined the chorus of supporters, posting a photo on his Instagram account of Melania Trump with the hashtag #DGWoman and #MadeInItaly. The post garnered more than 13,000 likes and more than 1,100 comments.
"She looked stunning and kudos to you, Stefano, for standing up for yourself with all the backlash from these ignorant crybabies," wrote one commenter.
"You should know stefano that OUR election has torn apart [email protected] Many gays, minorities and others fear legislation that will take away freedoms. If it were Mrs Reagan, Bush or Obama (either party) no one on either side would mind. But this is offensive to the core. So glad I didn't buy your Capri bag b4 going to Capri this year," wrote another.
All eyes will be on the incoming FLOTUS on Jan. 20 to see what she wears on Inauguration Day, as well as on the new administration’s other fashion plate, first daughter and fashion branding juggernaut Ivanka Trump, who spent New Year’s Eve out of the limelight in Hawaii with her family.