Ivanka Trump Skips Team Colors at the Winter Olympics
Make America monochromatic again.
First daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump landed at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, today for a three-day visit, during which she will lead the U.S. delegation at the closing ceremony on Sunday. So far, her wardrobe has been neutral — without any patriotic nods to the red, white and blue.
Upon arrival, the 36-year-old received a red-carpet welcome that was covered live on South Korean television. Trump stepped out wearing a houndstooth coat over a cream-colored ribbed turtleneck dress paired with black lace-up boots.
And, for dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, the first daughter donned an elegant black V-neck dress with textural detailing on the sleeves.
Prior to the kosher feast, President Moon Jae-in presented Trump with red embroidered slippers and two special-edition stuffed animals.
Ivanka Trump arrives for dinner at South Korea’s presidential Blue House tonight. Everyone had to take off their shoes (per custom) but the hosts had these red embroidered slippers ready for their guest of honor. pic.twitter.com/Wvu7QQXvqM— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 23, 2018
Dinner for Ivanka Trump in the South Korean Blue House tonight. The meal is kosher, and just look who were sitting in front of the guest of honor: special edition Soohorang and Bandabi Olympic mascots (the ones given to medalists) pic.twitter.com/stjQJyqI0I— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 23, 2018
It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity not to wear some outward display of patriotism at the Olympics, of all places. Even Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen were spotted wearing red, white and blue jackets during their visit to Pyeongchang. Of course, there's no dress code for these diplomatic events, and Trump's tailored houndstooth coat, paired with pearl earrings, is emblematic of the buttoned-up, monochromatic, '60s-inspired Americana that has become her signature style. Perhaps she's saving something special for the actual closing ceremony. We'll just have to wait and see.