The mystery of who would dress Melania Trump on inauguration day has been solved. As per the rumors that have circulated all week, the incoming First Lady showed up in a powder blue Ralph Lauren dress and jacket this morning.
It’s one that many find reminiscent of the grey-blue outfit Jackie Kennedy wore to her own husband’s inauguration.
Others have noted that Trump’s choice in color, blue, is more associated with the Democratic party. A sartorial attempt at reconciliation and unity perhaps? Michelle Obama meanwhile opted for a shade of red, the Republicans’ preferred color. No official word yet on who was responsible for Obama’s last look as first lady.
Though, their husbands apparently didn’t get the bipartisan color story message. President Obama wore a blue tie, while President-elect Trump opted for a bright red tie, as per usual.
While many American fashion designers’ attitudes towards dressing the first lady ran the gamut from indifferent to terrified to sensitive to any backlash they might receive, Lauren seemed best positioned to whether any criticism. The designer’s personal and sartorial support of Hillary Clinton was well publicized during the election cycle. He dressed Clinton during several key moments throughout her campaign, was rumored to be in line to design her own inauguration outfit. Indeed, Clinton showed up today in Lauren as well.
In any event, Mrs. Trump also showed up carrying something in another shade of blue, Tiffany blue. She presented Michelle Obama with a box from the jeweler whose flagship store is just steps from Trump Tower.
Of course, the actual inauguration ceremony coat is notable, the first lady’s biggest fashion moment is almost always her inauguration night ball gown. Rumor has it that Karl Lagerfeld will be responsible for that number (breaking tradition with many first ladies who prefer to wear American designers). We’ll have to wait a few hours for that dress to make its debut.
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Michelle Obama in Azzedine Alaïa in Baden-Baden, Germany, April 2009.
Michelle Obama in Ralph Lauren in London, England, May 2011.
Michelle Obama in Michael Kors on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, January 2012.
Michelle Obama in Thom Browne at President Obama’s second inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 2013.
Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera at a state dinner in Berlin, Germany, June 2013.
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Michelle Obama in Mary Katrantzou in London, England, June 2015.
Michelle Obama in Christopher Kane in London, England, June 2015.
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Michelle Obama in Peter Pilotto in Marrakech, Morocco, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Proenza Schouler arriving in Madrid, Spain, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Preen in Madrid, Spain, July 2016.
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