- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
After weeks of speculation, the new First Lady has cast her first fashion vote.
She chose iconic American fashion designer Ralph Lauren to dress her for President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Melania is wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection sky blue double face cashmere wrapped cutaway jacket, matching cashmere mock turtleneck dress and suede gloves. Even the shoes — sky-high stilettos — are in the same sky blue color.
Melania’s monochromatic look feels a bit Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (sans the pillbox hat) — or a bit throwback airline stewardess, depending on your point of view. It’s a very traditional look, aside from the wrapped cutaway style of the jacket.
The new first lady has been a lightening rod for the fashion industry, which largely supported Trump rival Hillary Clinton. A war of words erupted shortly after the election, with several designers coming out and refusing to dress the wife of the divisive president-elect (Sophie Theallet, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford), and a handful saying they would be proud to support the democratic process and dress the new first lady (Tommy Hilfiger, Diane Von Furstenberg). And just this week, Donald Trump fired back at Ford, saying on TV that his wife is not a fan of his designs.
Throughout the campaign, Melania wore mostly European labels, including Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda Ilinicic and Gucci (who can forget that infamous pussy bow), but like other first ladies, she now faces pressure to wear American labels and support the American fashion industry.
From the beginning of her time in the White House, Michelle Obama largely supported young, up-and-coming or lesser-known American designers. At the 2008 Inauguration, she wore an Isabel Toledo outfit during the day, followed by a white Jason Wu gown at night. In 2012, she wore Thom Browne during the day and Wu at night.
I am not surprised Melania went with a look by Ralph Lauren, a veteran of Seventh Avenue at age 77. Though Lauren outfitted Clinton in many of her signature pantsuits throughout the campaign, Melania wore a Lauren jumpsuit to the final presidential debate, and another on Election Night, buying both looks off-the-rack rather than working through the brand’s celebrity services team, which Clinton has done.
Though Lauren enjoys a cozy relationship with Clinton (she honored the designer at the Smithsonian in 2014, presenting him with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal), he was quiet about dressing her on the campaign trail, suggesting that he might have wanted to keep his publicly traded company (which is also the long term official outfitter of the non-partisan U.S. Olympic team) out of the political fray.
On Thursday, Trump stepped out for her first appearance during inaugural weekend, joining the president-elect for the wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery. Melania wore a somber all-black military-inspired coat and matching dress by New York-based designer Norisol Ferrari. For last night’s gala, she chose a long-sleeved, shimmery gold body-hugging gown by American bridal wear designer Reem Acra.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day