Fashion commentator explains why new U.S. first lady Melania Trump Inauguration Day outfit wowed critics and grabbed headlines. Rough cut. No Reporter Narration.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New U.S. first lady Melania Trump channeled style icon Jacqueline Kennedy on Friday (January 20) but the Inauguration Day fashion headlines were stolen by a military-style coat worn by one of her husband's aides. Trump, 46, the White House's first former model, chose American designer Ralph Lauren's baby blue cropped jacket with cowl neckline and matching dress for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington. But the outfit grabbing most attention was the patriotic red hat with red, white and blue coat with brass buttons worn by Kellyanne Conway, senior aide to President Donald Trump. The $3,600 double-breasted Gucci coat evoked the American Revolution era and took social media by storm with ridicule and memes. Despite Trump's stance on bolstering and supporting American businesses over foreign ones, Conway's couture was not from a US designer. Melania Trump wore Ralph Lauren. Her Inauguration Day outfit had been the cause of much speculation after Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and other leading designers said publicly they would not dress the 5-feet-11-inch (1.8-m) former model for her big day because they opposed her husband and his policies. Lauren and his eponymous corporation became synonymous with American style through his preppy line of Polo shirts, casual slacks and shorts in the 1970s. The company's Facebook page filled on Friday with both praise and dismay at his decision to dress Trump for the swearing-in ceremony in Washington D.C. He also designed the signature pantsuits worn by Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, both during the 2016 election campaign and on Friday.