How Melania Trump Is Defining First Lady Style 🎀👗👠 Melania Trump is approaching her 200th day as First Lady (it’s on Monday, August 7, to be precise), and in her short time at the White House, one that has been plagued by turmoil and scandal, she has redefined the politics of fashion. She laid the foundation with a classic, Camelot-inspired aesthetic on Inauguration Day, working with Ralph Lauren to create a powder blue jacket and coordinating dress that garnered comparisons to Jackie Kennedy’s Inauguration outfit by Oleg Cassini.
In codesigning her Inaugural Ball gown with dresser-in-chief Hervé Pierre, Trump seemed to be following Kennedy’s lead again—she often worked with designer Oleg Cassini on her wardrobe. The partnership between Trump and Pierre has continued, and the French-born, U.S.-based designer has created several custom dresses for the First Lady, including the one she wore to meet Queen Rania of Jordan, and the piece she wore to celebrate Bastille Day with the Macrons in Paris.
However, Jackie Kennedy isn’t the only First Lady who Trump has looked to for inspiration. Trump’s conservative, yet opulent approach to dressing mimics that of Nancy Reagan. Like Reagan, Trump has favored strongly tailored pieces in what is known as “Nancy Red” and she has gravitated towards traditional silhouettes, including the coatdress (Alice Roi and The Row), militaristic suiting (Altuzarra, Karl Lagerfeld, and Michael Kors), and fit-and-flare (Delpozo, Jil Sander, Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha) dresses and sheaths (Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino) all familiar to the “Fancy Nancy” years in the White House. The First Lady has made her brand loyalties clear as well, finding a fan and friend in Stefano Gabbana, whose fanciful floral confections made headlines during the G20 for their extravagant look and cost. This again has drawn comparisons to Reagan, who was often chided by the press for sporting Dynasty-worthy pieces from Adolfo and Galanos. @flotus @realdonaldtrump @whitehouse @voguemagazine #melaniatrump #donaldtrump #president #makeamericagreatagain #madeinamerica #usa #dgfamily #washingtondc #beauty #vogueitalia #stefanogabbana #vogueparis #ralphlauren #hervepierre