Whether you like her or not, Melania Trump‘s Inauguration Day outfit was stunning. Confirming long-standing rumours in fashion circles, the First Lady stepped out in a powder-blue, double-faced cashmere coat and mock turtleneck dress by designer Ralph Lauren.
Her stylish ensemble elicited favorable comparisons to fashion icon, and former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy‘s sky-blue suit from John F. Kennedy‘s Inauguration in 1961.
Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in, however, the American fashion label was on the receiving end of enraged backlash on Twitter, with users adopting the hashtag #BoycottRalphLauren to voice their concerns. In their defense, the Ralph Lauren Corp. issued the following statement: “The Presidential Inauguration is a time for the United States to look our best to the world. It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment.”
To this, Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman added: “With the historic swearing-in of her husband, Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States, the first lady-elect will become America’s new First Lady wearing an American designer who transformed American fashion, Ralph Lauren.”
An intriguing development to the story is that a source from the fashion label told Glamour that: “Ralph Lauren deliberately took an apolitical stance by dressing Hillary Clinton [for the inauguration] and Michelle [Obama for inauguration weekend]”.
Meanwhile, the targeted backlash lingers on social media. The outfit has now been teasingly compared to both the Beauxbaton ladies’ uniforms (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as well as President Coin’s totalitarian chic jacket from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2.
Melania Trump look like she gunna go try and win the tri-wizard tournament pic.twitter.com/NQ8XaCibVq
— Bradley (@bradley_fox) January 20, 2017
Truthfully, we aren’t looking forward to the next four years of Trump—but four years of Melania’s fashion choices (plus the creative critiques that are bound to follow)? We’ll take it.