Melania Trump channels Jackie Kennedy on inauguration day
New US first lady Melania Trump channeled style icon Jacqueline Kennedy on Friday's Inauguration Day
New US first lady Melania Trump channeled style icon Jacqueline Kennedy on Friday's Inauguration Day.
Trump, 46, the White House’s first former model, chose American designer Ralph Lauren’s baby blue cropped jacket with cowl neckline and matching dress for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington.
Melania Trump’s outfit, worn with long matching gloves, stiletto shoes, and her long hair swept up in a loose bun, had a 1960s vibe.
The outfit, like other presidential inauguration dresses, will later be sent to the Smithsonian Museum.
Fashion magazine Elle said Melania’s choice “takes a very literal page” from Kennedy’s inaugural look in 1961.
“It’s a look that, overall, is very safe, if a bit costume-y (dye-to-match pumps!). As our first reality TV president enters office, this is a family that is undeniably aware of what works on TV, and this look is very on-the-nose, Jackie Kennedy-inspired, ‘presidential,’” wrote Elle’s Leah Chernikoff.
Melania Trump’s Inauguration Day outfit had been the cause of much speculation after Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and other leading designers said publicly they would not dress the 5-feet-11-inch (1.8-m) former model for her big day because they opposed her husband and his policies.
Lauren and his eponymous corporation became synonymous with American style through his preppy line of Polo shirts, casual slacks and shorts in the 1970s.
The company’s Facebook page filled on Friday with both praise and dismay at his decision to dress Trump for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington DC.
He also designed the signature pantsuits worn by Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, both during the 2016 election campaign and on Friday.