I’ve never noticed this before, but isn’t it strange that Donald and Melania Trump are incapable of holding hands like normal human beings? Melania stopped by the White House with Barron on Friday just before the three of them (and dozens of others) flew down to Florida for the weekend. The Trumps did a little photo-op on their way out of the White House and I guess Ivanka told her dad, “try to hold your wife’s hand, it will make for a better photo.” Only Donald Trump has itty-bitty baby fists and he makes his poor wife grasp his little fist and that’s supposed to pass as hand-holding.
Anyway, in these photos, Melania is wearing a dress by Alice Roi. She finally got the memo about Republican FLOTUSs needing to wear red as a general rule, I guess. The problem is that this shade of red (this orange-y tomato-red) isn’t her color. She needs a blue-red. As for Melania’s fashion in general, are you surprised that some designers have agreed, thus far, to dress her? You shouldn’t be surprised, because apparently Melania is buying all of her stuff. She hasn’t borrowed anything. I was actually a little bit fascinated by this piece in THR:
Much like Hollywood actresses making the rounds for awards season (roughly 20 major public appearances for an Oscar nominee in a mere 3.5 months), being FLOTUS, means countless state dinners, charity engagements and trips to be chicly attired for. However, unlike an A-list actress, Trump is reportedly footing the bill.
“Why do rich people need free clothes? Melania should buy her clothes,” says veteran red carpet-stylist Phillip Bloch, who dressed Tiffany Trump for inauguration weekend. Kors released a statement about Trump’s congressional look, unofficially confirming that the First Lady purchased her ensemble: “Mrs. Trump has been a longtime client at our New York boutique. She has a keen understanding of what works best for her and her lifestyle. My embroidered black suit reflects the streamlined glamour that she is known for.”
With a number of designers like Tom Ford, Sophie Theallet and Marc Jacobs publicly acknowledging post-election that they won’t be dressing the current First Lady — and a noted drop in designer press releases going out (a norm during Michelle O’s FLOTUS reign) — there’s reason to wonder whether or not Mrs. Trump is buying by choice or if it’s because she has less support from the fashion community and fewer covetable options than her predecessors.
Bloch says, no: “Melania is buying, but she does not have limited options — she is married to a rich man and can buy whatever she wants!” The bi-coastal stylist, who served as the creative style director for Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant, praises Mrs. Trump’s choices thus far, “She wears clothes well and has a great style, I rarely see her make a misstep.”
The president’s better half is technically not supposed to accept designer freebies, nor does the position come with a clothing allowance. And no, the taxpayers don’t foot the bill either. The first family is expected to pay for clothing out of pocket though it is assumed special discounts are offered; dressing the first lady is not only an honor for most brands, it often results in a sales boost, as evidenced by Ralph Lauren’s stock bump (from $88.19 to $90.13 per share) right after Trump wore the designer’s sky-blue ensemble on Inauguration Day.
Adds Bloch: “As much as I loved that Michelle [Obama] mixed high and low and Kate [Middleton] does it too, Melania just isn’t that girl. She is going to wear that $9,000 sequin outfit to Congress. I admire her for buying clothes and I think Hollywood can take a note.”
THR also notes that Michelle Obama did not “borrow” clothing either, but Michelle sometimes wore clothes that were “gifted” to her by a designer, but the gifts belonged to the government and after the dresses were worn, they would immediately go into the archives. Laura Bush did the same thing – those are the ethics rules for First Ladies. THR then includes the Duchess of Cambridge in the mix, claiming that “royals do not accept designer gifts.” Bulls–t. Kate accepts gifts, she just grifts them through her family. Designers give gifts to Carole and Pippa and they pass them on to Kate. Plus, Kate gets very deep discounts, I’m sure.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Melania is absolutely, positively moving to the White House in June. She’s waiting until Barron’s school year is done and she’s already selected the school Barron will attend in DC. TMZ also says that “Melania’s quarters in the residence are getting a fresh coat of paint.” As in, Melania sleeps in a different room than her husband, just a guess. I don’t know you guys… it feels like there’s still a window of opportunity to IMPEACH so that Melania won’t ever need to move. #SaveMelaniaImpeachByJune
Photos courtesy of Getty.