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Melania Trump’s last attempt at a political stump speech didn’t go so well. (Remember the plagiarism allegations?)
But she tried again Thursday, landing in Pennsylvania to try to convince the swing state to vote for her husband, Donald Trump, on Nov. 8.
While giving her speech in Berwyn, the potential first lady, who has worn a number of pricey designer looks on the campaign trail, donned a dusty rose silk blouse by Emilia Wickstead ($889) and a white high-waist pencil skirt. Brie Larson wore the blouse earlier this year to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
The last time Melania gave a speech — you know, the one in which she plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech — she donned a $2,190 white stretch crepe dress with trumpet sleeves by British designer Roksanda Ilincic. As Veep costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager said of the look, “She wears this white, seemingly angelic dress but it’s very body-conscious, with sleeves that are maybe a little fashion forward. She has a steely elegance, but it’s also sort of sharp-edged, with the sky-high pointy shoes, it has a severity to it.
“She’s a privileged, wealthy woman who has access to a lot of things. That’s who she is, and I don’t think it’s wrong for her to be true to her own aesthetic, it’s just up to us to say, ‘Is this what we want our first lady to be?'”
For the last presidential debate, Melania chose a black Sheryl Tie-Neck Wide-Leg jumpsuit by Ralph Lauren — the same label Hillary Clinton wore for all three debates. It featured a necktie similar to the one on the $1100 Gucci pussy bow blouse she wore at the second debate, after her husband was caught on tape using the term “pussy.”
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of swing states crucial to Trump’s election chances. Currently, Clinton leads by an average of 4 points in the state, although some polls appear to show the race tightening. Berwyn, a suburb of Philadelphia, is full of white, college-educated voters, a demographic Trump has had difficulty with.
Melania spoke to the Pennsylvania crowd about her vision for what she would do as first lady, touching on several issues central to women and families in an attempt to garner female votes.
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