On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. The 44th President, Barack Obama, and his family moved out and the new family moved in. Likewise, the role of fashion for inaugurations has been historically significant and speaks volumes. The First Lady’s ensemble is broadcasted across thousands of television screens, news sites, and magazines. In fact, the exact outfit ends up making it’s way to the Smithsonian Museum to join the First Lady collection. Additionally, the fashion decisions help set the mood and tone of the upcoming term.
Michelle Obama’s first inauguration ensemble perfectly exemplified what was to come. She sported a citron Isabel Toledo dress and matching coat, a Nina Ricci cardigan, a pair of Jimmy Choo heels, and J.Crew leather gloves. Throughout the next eight years, she proved to live up to her image. She was an avid wearer of American designers, and commonly wore affordable and accessible brands like J. Crew or Gap.
Ringing in the Trump Family
The new First Lady, Melania Trump, went for a Jackie Kennedy-inspired look. She wore a baby blue Ralph Lauren shift dress, elbow length gloves, and heels by Lauren as well. The significance of this look was just as thoughtful as Ms. Obama’s. Ralph Lauren is an American brand, as her husband is a large supporter of American brands. This is especially relevant after she has been seen in many European brands like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana on the campaign trail. Additionally, Hillary Clinton sported Ralph Lauren very often during the campaign. In fact, it was a favorite designer of hers. She wore his designs to the presidential debates, her DNC nomination acceptance, and of course her concession speech.
Was this Melania’s subtle way of unity among the parties? We’ll see. The next four years will surely be a change, and Melania certainly will have a profound influence on the fashion industry just as Michelle Obama did.
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