Updated: Apr 27
A modern Jackie O, Melania's love of strong tailoring, ultra-chic day dresses and, of course, stunning shoes makes for the perfect First Lady style
The Trump era may not be over just yet admit the charade of this Biden Admin, yet I cannot help but mourn the departure of the most fascinating clothes-wearer of our times First Lady Melania Trump, who is also celebrating her Birthday today!
In 2016, the First Lady-to-be offered up a tantalising opener when she wore that pink pussy-bow blouse within days of a recording of her husband speaking about “grabbing ‘em by the pussy” being released. She may have just been wearing her favourite new Gucci blouse (it was a great blouse) but the world delighted in the possibility that she was throwing a sartorial side eye to the episode.
Next up, the time she emulated Jacqueline Kennedy on Inauguration Day, her neat icy blue Ralph Lauren suit echoing the public debut of, arguably, the best-dressed First Lady of all time - why not start as you mean to go on?
This was what has come to be known as Republican Chic in its earliest, purest form; the dress which matched the jacket which matched the gloves which matched the shoes, all cinched and flawless, set off with diamond earrings and that toffee-caramel chignon. She was a vision of superhumanly immaculate glossiness.
Melania wardrobe watching life soon settled into a fabulous parade of the ultimate Bergdorf Goodman/ Net-a-Porter sweep... a caped Givenchy mini dress with matching Chanel bag to alight a plane in Florida, a belted Fendi coat to arrive in Japan, a sculptural Roland Mouret shift to welcome the President of South Korea, Valentino culottes and a crocodile Hermes Birkin setting off for a visit to Europe.
Mostly, we could do little more than marvel at this conveyor belt of new purchases (repeats were a rarity) but at times it felt like just maybe she might be toying with us.
There was that ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ Zara jacket, arguably the FLOTUS-era Melania look destined to become iconic and ironically one of the few sourced from the high street. Given it was worn to visit migrant children, the message seemed crass, to put it mildly. When furore erupted, a statement was issued by Trump’s spokesperson claiming that; “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”
Unfortunately, it’s tricky not to with that statement emblazoned for the world to behold. Later, Melania told ABC News that the jacket was intended as a signal to “the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.”
At times, being an observer of Melania’s wardrobe has been comparable to one of those home videos where a child is left alone with a cake and told that under no circumstances should they tuck in and then, well, it’s irresistible.
Like the time Melania said to reporters that, “I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.” At that moment she was stood in front of the pyramids at Giza wearing an upscale spin on Meryl Streep’s Out of Africa costumes, right down to the slim black tie, having days before been photographed wearing a colonial-style pith helmet in Kenya.
It was on tour that Peak Fashion Melania came out. A top five goes something like…
The £38,000 Dolce and Gabbana appliqué coat she chose for the G7 summit in Italy in May 2017. The designers are among only a few who have shown their public support for the First Lady, calling her a #DGwoman.
The acid yellow Valentino cape and magenta accessories chosen for a visit to Buckingham Palace in December 2019, beating The Queen at her own colour-blocking game.
The pristine navy and white look -which drew many comparisons to outfits worn by Princess Diana - for the start of the State Visit to the UK in 2019.
The Beauty and the Beast-esque gown chosen for dinner at Blenheim Palace.
The retro-chic red Dior skirt suit, worn on Bastille Day in Paris.
This was a four-year rollercoaster of undiluted VIP glamour, First Lady of the 0.1 per cent style crafted as masterfully by Melania as Twitter rants are by her husband. I would say that Mrs Trump can now happily hang up her six-inch Louboutins and congratulate herself on a FLOTUS-era magnificently styled out, but something tells me she’ll be doing no such thing.
Source - www.telegraph.co.uk
Here are some of our other favorite looks for you to indulge in -
This collection of photos from Melania's fashionable appearances are just a handful of looks amongst 4 years of impeccable taste and style. We will miss our First Lady of fashion while she is absent from the 'Peoples House'! See you soon FLOTUS!
- Citizen First News Staff