At a reception for senators and their spouses in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, Melania wore a navy-blue dress from French designer Roland Mouret. The fitted dress, which retails for $2,390, features a strappy, off-the-shoulder neckline — the same silhouette her stepdaughter Ivanka wore to President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress at the end of February. And that silhouette similarity isn’t a mere coincidence, of course; both garments are made by the same brand. But when the first daughter attended her father’s first joint session of Congress address in her asymmetrical magenta take on the look, social media essentially erupted.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 1, 2017
Ivanka’s tweet peek at her look that evening received nearly 10,000 hearts in less than an hour (it’s currently clocking in at more than 27,000), but it also received a wave of confused commentary — some genuine and some tongue-in-cheek — from Twitter followers who mistook the asymmetrical garment’s single black spaghetti strap for a bra strap.
— CK_showBBQ (@CK_showBBQ) March 1, 2017
Others took issue with the first daughter wearing a foreign designer‘s dress to such an event, and some called out Ivanka for wearing that neckline style at the Capitol after former first lady Michelle Obama was criticized for simply showing her arms.
— ohwhatever (@ohwhatever) March 1, 2017
Melania didn’t escape the joint address to Congress sans criticism either, of course: The $9,590 sequined skirt-suit ensemble from Michael Kors’s Spring 2017 collection that she wore was called “inappropriate” for the function and more fit for “da club.”
Clearly, the first lady isn’t letting such criticism affect her fashion choices; perhaps she’s even letting it help shape them. And in fact, she donned a piece by the same designer as her daughter-in-law in a sartorial gesture of support — just as she proudly sported pussy-bow blouses and jumpsuits on the campaign trail after that now infamous Access Hollywood tape leak let the world hear her husband telling Billy Bush, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.”
Now, instead of a pussy-bow blouse, Melania has strategically worn spaghetti straps. The cap-sleeve Beatrix dress by Mouret she wore is, according to the product’s description, “the perfect cocktail-style dress with a little something extra” — an off-the-shoulder neckline with spaghetti straps for a “bit of stylish intrigue.”
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