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Melania's Hat And More

I just read a story in the Washington Post by Robin Givhan with the headline ’Melania Trump, fashion diplomacy was defined by the hat’ that was packed with information about ‘the hat’ and other asundry information about the clothes worn by First Lady Trump that were generally a celebration of French haute couture.

The article was interesting to me because there were no glowing statements praising Mrs. Trump’s fashion sense, but more a statement of fact about each outfit interspersed with little shots at Mrs. Trump. As an example, Ms. Givhan thought Mrs Trump was ‘overdressed’ for the dinner at Mount Vernon, stating "the first lady sometimes appears to be dressing for a fashion-shoot version of the event — a kind of heightened reality of an already rather surreal circumstance.” The hat was described as “It was a diva crown. A grand gesture of independence. A church hat. The Lord is my shepherd. Deliver us from evil. Amen.” Frankly, First Lady Trump was stunning In everything she wore during the Macron’s visit including her stiletto heels.

The reporter said “President Trump was wearing a classic tuxedo that, like most of his suits, looked too big for his frame. The trousers were akin to palazzo pants, and, no, he did not button his jacket. Emmanuel Macron wore a tuxedo that fit.” Ms. Givhan needs to stick to commenting on women's clothing.

While the tuxedo the President wore is larger than that of President Macron, he is a larger man and although it may have looked better in the photographs had President Trumps's tuxedo jacket been buttoned, tuxedo jackets are often not buttoned, hence the cumberbun. The pants were traditionally and perfectly tailored with a slight break at the ankle just above the shoe. President Macron’s pants were bunched around his ankles and could have been worn by a man 6 inches taller.

The tuxedo jacket President Trump wore was, just as the pants were, traditionally and perfectly tailored. I prefer a little more of the shirt cuff showing but the length of the jacket sleeves was perfect, right above the thumb bone. I am looking at the picture of the two couples as I write this and the length of President Macron’s jacket sleeves look like they could have been pulled down to his knuckles. I’ll take President Trump’s tailor every day, all day. I don't know what Ms. Givens was looking at but she needs new glasses, her political slip is showing.

The reporter also addressed the gowns the female guests wore to the state dinner, managing only two compliments, one to Henry Kissinger’s wife’s gown calling it a study in ‘classic elegance’ and noted that “Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, sparkled in a dramatic silver Roberto Cavalli gown’ snipping that it was by an Italian designer.

Summing up the clothes the women wore, Ms. Givhan wrote “The gowns were perfectly lovely but a bit of a snooze.’’ I would like to remind Ms. Givhan that this was, after all, a state dinner with one of our closest allies and not the red carpet at the Academy Awards where there is always a contest to see who can show the most tits and ass without getting arrested for public indecency.

Posted by Rick | April 25, 2018 09:12 AM

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