The rumors were true: Melania Trump wore Ralph Lauren on Inauguration Day.
The incoming First Lady was spotted alongside her husband this morning as they made their way to St. John’s Episcopal Church for the customary religious service. Unlike Thursday’s black, military-inspired coat by Norisol Ferrari—an appropriate ensemble that paid homage to the military service members—Trump opted for a lighter, uplifting color this time around, wearing head-to-toe baby blue. The outfit features a custom-made cashmere cropped jacket with three-quarter sleeves over a matching mock turtleneck dress, a Ralph Lauren spokesperson confirmed to Allure.
The retro silhouette and the pastel color immediately drew comparisons to Jackie Kennedy’s Oleg Cassini-designed inauguration ensemble in 1961. Like many fans of the style icon, Trump has expressed her admiration for Kennedy in the past. In a 1991 interview with the New York Times, the future First Lady said if her husband were ever to end up in the White House, she “would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy.”
Since the election, Ralph Lauren was one of the few American brands rumored to be dressing the future First Lady. Trump has previously worn the brand on multiple occasions. Most notably, she sported a Ralph Lauren black jumpsuit on the night of the third debate, and a white jumpsuit on election day—both of which she’d bought off the rack.
““The Presidential Inauguration is a time for the United States to look our best to the world,” the Ralph Lauren Corporation said in a statement. “It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment.”
The decision to wear the American label on Inauguration Day comes as some designers have publicly expressed their opinions on whether to dress the incoming First Lady. Some designers, including Tommy Hilfiger and Carolina Herrera, have offered their services to Trump, whiles others, such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, said they would decline the opportunity.
What she’ll wear to tonight’s inaugural ball is still up for debate, though German fashion designer and Chanel and Fendi creative director, Karl Lagerfeld is considered to be outfitting her. Traditionally, First Ladies have opted for American brands for the ceremony: Laura Bush wore a red gown by Dallas-based designer Michael Faircloth, and an ice blue design by Oscar de la Renta for her husband’s second inauguration; Hillary Clinton also chose a de la Renta creation in 1997, and prior to that, a purple gown by New York-based designer Sarah Phillips. Michelle Obama chose Jason Wu, a relatively unknown New York-based designer at the time, to design both of her gowns in 2008 and 2012.
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