Melania Trump set the tone for a fashion-forward 2017 when she stepped out on New Year’s Eve in a seriously chic Dolce & Gabbana dress. The future first lady of the United States wore the scoop-neck cocktail dress in one of her favorite colors — trusty black.
The elegant piece, which retails for $2,995, was made of virgin wool and spandex and had bejeweled bows on each strap and a fitted silhouette with a hemline that hit a few inches below the knee.
Accompanied by her husband, President-elect Donald Trump, Melania wore the dress to a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. She accessorized simply with a sparkly cuff bracelet.
Trump has worn Dolce & Gabbana before, most notably when she showed up to the 83rd Academy Awards in a strapless, mermaid-style, floor-length number, also in black. In fact, the former model’s affinity for the color black is well-documented. In November, she arrived at the White House to meet Michelle Obama in a sleeveless, fitted black dress.
And in October, the 46-year-old dazzled in a black, belted Ralph Lauren jumpsuit. This time, though, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and daughter-in-law Vanessa Trump also wore the funereal color in what looked like a coordinated appearance.
Though many designers have said they would refuse to dress the future first lady, on Sunday, designer Stefano Gabbana proudly posted an image of Melania in her NYE dress. “Melania Trump #DGwoman thank you #madeinitaly,” he wrote in the caption.
The post received more than 12,000 likes and congratulatory comments, including, “Congratulations, Stefano! You do wonderful clothes that we are proud to buy and put on!!!! No matter the religion, politic opinion or color of the skin. We love you” and “Wonderful dress on a wonderful lady… grande Stefano!” There were, of course, critics too.
And while many designers have publicly taken stands against dressing Melania — such as Sophie Theallet, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs — there are companies apart from Dolce & Gabbana that are game to dress her. “Of course I would,” said Calvin Klein, when asked if he’d consider designing a garment for the future first lady, according to TMZ.
“Donald Trump was elected, and he will be our president. Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her,” Diane von Furstenberg said. “Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity. We should each be the best we can be and influence by our example.” And Tommy Hilfiger chimed in, “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman, and I think any designer should be proud to dress her.”
No doubt we’ll be keeping an eagle eye out for all of Melania’s fashion moments as soon-to-be FLOTUS.