Friday, July 14, 2017

Recent Summertime Favorites on Melania

It’s all in the glimpses of the details! AP Images.

After reading an interesting post on Melania Trump over at The Lion’s Den by the ever-observant GSL, I thought I’d highlight some of my recent favorite looks on her. I still can’t believe she is the First Lady (or that her husband is the President of the United States), but she certainly is knocking it out of the park as far as fashion is concerned. I can see how much time she has lived in Manhattan with every one of these choices—to my eye it is a very modern day Upper East Side socialite look (but with a European influence). I’m guessing she has a stylist on call and shoppers at Bergdorf’s, Michael Kors, and, apparently, Dolce & Gabbana, on speed dial.

Love the Dolce & Gabbana lace skirt!

I really loved this look of a Dolce & Gabbana knit top and white lace skirt Melania wore when she stepped off from Air Force One after the G20 Summit. I may have to get my sewing machine back out to make a skirt like this myself since it retails for nearly $1,200 at Net-a-Porter. This was so great with black Manolos and a stunning Hermès Birkin!

Speaking of which, I didn’t realize Melania has such a deep collection of Hermès Birkins, but I have counted four on her so far—her black croc with gold hardware, a white, a gold with white stitching, and a basic black with palladium hardware. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a few more stashed in her closet. Let me know if you have the details on them—and please do include the size and leather and color and hardware!

Love this fringed Michael Kors dress!

I saw over at The Purse Forum thread dedicated to Melania’s style that at least one person thought this Michael Kors fringed flapper-style dress was inappropriate for the occasion but I disagree and would counter, What should she wear? It was an evening event she was attending and it is July! I loved the way this dress moves and of course I loved how the red carpet turns the bottom half of it to pale pink as she walked. Michael Kors was far more diplomatic than Tom Ford was when asked a few months ago if he would be dressing Mrs. Trump. Kors said something non-committal and to the effect that she had been a client of his New York boutique for years. I wonder if he secretly loves it that she is wearing his clothes so often and so well. I can’t imagine it’s hurting his business.

Reuters photo.

In Dolce & Gabbana in May. AP Images.

I had to laugh, in a good way, at the over-the-top Dolce & Gabbana floral coat, with ivory floral shift dress—the lining of the coat was the same fabric as the dress—with a matching floral clutch. She wore it in Sicily, where Domenico Dolce is from, and the coat sells for $51,500. She really is sticking it to the folks at Vogue with this look!

AP Images.

The clutch matches the bag and the dress matches the coat lining!

Returning to the White House in white crops, May 2017. Getty Images North America.

I really liked the above white cropped pants on her, worn with a pale green cardigan and glittering rhinestone buttons, along with block-heeled shoes. This looks like a comfortable traveling outfit to me!

Leaving for the Germany and Poland, July 2017. AP Images.

I wasn’t sure I liked the outfit above at first but the more I see it the more it grows on me. The check-print cropped pants are by Valentino and I like that she wore them with razor-sharp suede Manolos and carried that beautiful Birkin.

At a children's hospital in Paris. Wow! Reuters photo.

I love the full-skirted suit with nipped in waist she wore to a visit to a children’s hospital in Paris yesterday, along with matching shoes. Hooray for midi length skirts! Of course the ensemble was by Dior.

At the Bastille Day Parade, July 14, 2017. AP photo.

I absolutely love this floral print dress on her with cornflower blue suede Manolos that she wore at the Bastille Day Parade.

I realize there is still a lot of animosity towards Melania but since she is representing this country I have to tip my hat to her and say, Well done! Who knows, maybe she will end up being Trump’s top diplomat and secret weapon.

I think some people are trying to compare her to other First Ladies, particularly Jacqueline Kennedy, but to me there is no comparison! They are different women from different eras with vastly different backgrounds. It is pointless to compare them.

You can let me know what you think, if you want, but I want to remind everyone that I like you no matter who you voted for and this is not a political post!


GSL said...

The red Dior she wore yesterday in Paris to children's hospital you highlight here was divine as was the very interesting and appropriate outfit she wore last night for dinner with The Macrons. I think Valentino would come out of retirement to do a red couture evening frock for Melania that would be so sublime Fashion's High Council would declare that Valentino-Melania Red retired from fashion and never worn again. With her coloring every color work but she still picks the very best shade then style and tailoring take it to a level we haven't seen...til now. Right now she's the best there is in high fashion and if she keeps it up will go down as the best ever.

GSL said...

btw thanks for the mention and just love the D & G coat and the message it sends those double-standard designers who snubbed her and now need to be talked off a ledge

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I agree on the flapper dress---very Gatsby summer party :)

rosie said...

The flapper dress was just gorgeous - I love the flapper era so I am biased.

Jackie was only 32 when she became first lady. Melania is a young 47.

Similarities - They both married wealthy men & had access to only the best designers & they lived in & loved Manhattan. Jackie was born and raised there & moved back after JFK's assasination to raise her kids. Melania of course still lives there when she is not in Fl. or the White House.

Both slim, tall, gorgeous & intelligent brunettes, who happen to be fashion icons.

Data in the Rough said...

Love your observations! That D&G coat was perfect! I love that she wore it! D&G have been good about defending their clothes on the First Lady! I wish there was a bit more jewelry to her look! But that is just because I love it so much! Side note am glad to see the American Flag pin on the President. I think it adds a nice touch to his suits!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I knew it was going to be a dangerous sign when I said - she ( melania) looks good in that ( insert outfit ) and I got chewed out on a divergent tangent. It seems anything is political.

But aside from that - I think she looks fabulous. Love her outfits and that red dior is superb.

I also enjoyed GSL's post too and like the you both dared to venture into minefield territory ( for some ) LOL xx

Marguerite said...

Wow, as always, Melania is stunningly attired. Can barely imagine the wardrobe expenses. Maybe some of them are regularly gifted? If I could change one thing about her appearance, it would be the long hair. At 47, imo, it's too long. The Duchess of Cambridge recently cut her very long hair at least 4 inches and it's made a huge difference in her polished style. More modern and sophisticated. Both ladies a so fun to watch!

rosie said...

Forgot to say the red Dior dress on Melania is reminiscent of "The New Look" by Dior which took the world by storm in 1947 and angered Chanel. "The New Look" was longish, very full skirts, cinched waists & fitted jackets. The opposite of what Chanel was known for.

The war was finally over, women were tired of deprivation & were ready for color, glamour & a something new. Dior brought it on & the women loved it.

Jill said...

Hi GSL, your post inspired this one, so I thank YOU! I am ITA, the tailoring is so good on Melania, somebody really knows what they are doing, and her ensembles seem very next level to me. So glad she hired a stylist, this is a different look for her, based on pictures I used to see of her, and I approve! xx

Jill said...

Hi Becky, yes, you described it perfectly--the fringe dress is very summer Gatsby party! I like it more every time I see it. Hope you are enjoying the summer with your girls! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I agree with you on the Dior suit, so reminiscent of the New Look. I love it! I like Jackie and Melania for different reasons but I cannot bring myself to compare them. Jackie was 100% American and a New Yorker through and through, and Melania, of course, is not. I do find it so very interesting that so many people, who are protesting in the streets about immigrants' rights, reject a First Lady who is an immigrant herself. I think it says so much about the terrible state of the political landscape. I am giving her the benefit of the doubt since I do not think she wanted to be First Lady at all. That being said, at least fashion-wise she seems to be taking the job very seriously and I appreciate that!

I hope you are staying cool! xx

Jill said...

Hi Michelle, I totally agree with you re Melania's jewelry, she seems to be a Graff gal, but doesn't wear much else. The last big gems on her I loved were those emerald and diamond earrings with the pink gown back in January. Maybe I should blame her for my renewed interest in white diamonds lol. xx

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, GSL is the brave one! I really liked his post and after reading it, realized I had squirreled away a few pictures of Melania that I liked and maybe it was time to do a post. I really do not care how people voted, whether it was for Hillary, Bernie, Trump, Cruz, their cats/dogs, or if they abstained. I live deep (deep!) in Hillary country so I refrain from saying one word about Melania in public because you just get the stink-eye. The Dems have shown themselves to be the worst losers (and I get to say that since I am registered as one lol). It will be interesting to see what happens in the midterm elections and of course I am following along to see what happens to Teresa May in the UK as well! She is one stylish Prime Minister, I have to say. Angela Merkel could learn a few things from her. xx

Jill said...

Hi Marguerite! Oh wouldn't it be fun to know if Trump is paying for these clothes or if they are gifted, etc. I'd love a tour of the closet in general, especially the bag section to see what else she has in the way of Birkins or Kellys lol. I like her hair the way it is because the stylist is absolutely killing it with the color. I can tell she gets it done in New York! As for Kate's hair, I think she needs to take 4 more inches off, what she has is not a bob in any sense of the word. I think the new hair makes her look older than 35, and I just don't get what is going on with her style at all, hair or otherwise. Just my (very humble) opinion, but I think she needs a stylist so bad and I wish she would hire the one being employed by either Melania, Queen Letizia or Princess Charlene! xx