Ivanka Trump landed in Colombia earlier this week to promote her Women’s Empowerment Initiative and speak to cadets at the General Santander Police Academy. And while the White House advisor decided to wear a local designer for the occasion, the main talking point about her $1,650 Johanna Ortiz dress wasn’t fashion diplomacy—it was that her choice of fluttery sleeves had an agenda all their own.
At a photo opportunity with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez, Minister of National Defense Guillermo Botero, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, an ill-timed gust of wind sent the sleeves on Trump’s dress flying like leaves tossed into the air.
The statement sleeves didn’t go without, well, a statement: As Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg’s senior White House reporter, shared on Twitter, this all happened during a ceremony to honor victims of a terrorist attack that occurred earlier this year.
Ortiz's designs are well-known for their frilly movement. In this case, though, they made for meme fodder. Twitter compared the look to everything from vegetation to a dilophosaurus flaring out, ready to spew venom.
As is the case for anyone with a high public profile, wardrobe malfunctions happen. Often at the least opportune time. Trump might have taken a page from Kate Middleton’s book and added weights to her sleeves to prevent them from acting like flying dishes with minds of their own. Or perhaps next time she’ll just save the romantic ruffles for a different occasion.
Originally Appeared on Glamour