The First Lady worked with the former creative director of Carolina Herrera
Melania Trump is now a fashion designer — for a night, at least.
At Friday night’s balls, the new president’s wife wore an ivory-colored off-shoulder gown, which she reportedly helped design with Hervé Pierre, a former creative director for Carolina Herrera, according to a statement released to Women’s Wear Daily by the Office of the First Lady. She wore the Grecian-esque gown with a fine champagne red belt and a thigh-high slit to the Liberty Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
“It’s an honor to dress the First Lady,” Pierre said in a statement also cited by WWD. “I was actually lucky because over my 20 years in the U.S., I dressed all the first ladies.” They include Hillary Clinton when Pierre was at Oscar de la Renta, plus Laura Bush and Michelle Obama when he worked at Carolina Herrera. “So I feel lucky and honored to dress Melania Trump, but this time under my name,” he said.
Melania Trump's dress is a collaboration between herself and Hervé Pierre, former creative director of Carolina Herrera
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) January 21, 2017
The gala was one of three official inaugural balls the first family was scheduled to attend on inauguration night. (Both the Obamas and the Reagans went to 10.) The first lady’s designer pick is notable because these balls mark an early opportunity for the president’s spouse to officially introduce themselves to the American public in a social setting.
Michelle Obama’s choice of Jason Wu for both her inaugural gowns helped elevate the Taiwan-born designer’s career, while also nodding to the emphasis her husband’s administration would place on diversity. Trump, on the other hand, picked one of the boldfaced American designers of recent decades.
“She’s looking fabulous even though it may be a little understated for the First Lady at the inauguration,” says Sara DiMedio, a New York-based stylist who has dressed Lindsay Lohan and other actresses. “It’s very effortless and not overdone, which is exemplary of what she’ll look like for the next four years.”
Meanwhile, the president’s eldest daughter and a fashion designer in her own right, Ivanka Trump, slipped into Carolina Herrera garb for the second time in 24 hours, putting on a champagne embellished gown. She had been spotted in a navy tweed coat from Herrera before the 45th commander-in-chief’s inauguration ceremony.
Ivanka's Carolina Herrera dress is literally to die for🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/9929x0jcHQ
— Andrea Raffle (@Andrea_Raffle) January 21, 2017
“Ivanka’s dress looks beautiful,” says Kimberly Rosen, a stylist who helped dress VIPs at Ralph Lauren. “Melania was in simple white so it’s nice that Ivanka contrasted that with something sparkly.”
While her husband ran a campaign based on “draining the swamp”— the Washington political establishment — there’s no word yet as to whether the first lady will continue an old custom: donating her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. There, it will join outfits like the white chiffon dress that Wu created for Michelle Obama in 2009, when her husband first took office.
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