Melania Wears ‘Vintage’ Indian Textile, Ivanka Makes a Nod to Sustainable Fashion for India Visit

FLOTUS and advisor to POTUS are off to a statement sartorial start. 

The sartorial choices of the First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump for the India visit had made a stir even before the Air Force one took flight. A stilettos aficionado, for her flight to India Melania, wore a pair of Roger Vivier's Belle Vivier flats that crisply complemented her checkered pants.  


Melania Trump on the White House lawns as she waits to leave for India, 23rd Feb 2020.

Meanwhile, furthering her father's 'Buy American, Hire American' proposal with a sustainable twist, Ivanka repeated the ensemble worn for a previous diplomatic visit to Argentina.


Ivanka Trump arrives in India. 


Ivanka Trump during her visit to Argentina in 2019.

he touch down on the Indian turf threw another sartorial curveball as the FLOTUS emerged in a pristine white Herve Pierre ensemble to go with her sans heels footwear.


The jumpsuit had a statement sash around the waist that was also a subtle node to the host country. “The sash was cut in an early Indian textile documents I found in Paris through very good friends who are collectors,” the designer wrote on his social media post.


The sash is a rather nouveau take on the traditional Gujarati kandora or Kamar bandh – a jewelled belt usually worn by women over their chaniya choli or ghagra choli.

Reading further between the fashion lines, the jumpsuit itself is a rather fascinating choice of ensemble. Right when boiler suits in all shapes, sizes and fabrics are ruling the roost, Melania has taken the humble jumpsuit from the confines of casual or club apparel section and propelled it into the formal wear racks. 
Who knew it would take a ‘vintage’ Indian sash to up the elegance quotient of the jumpsuit? Well, looks like FLOTUS’s Indian fashion journey is poised to be quite a trend-starter.    

First daughter Ivanka Trump’s personal brand of style has been a visual narrative of the image she has crafted for herself, one of a feminine, empowered working woman. Her conservatively cut, form-fitting and A-line silhouettes, sheath dresses, floral prints, and soft, pastel hues all carefully tie into the complete picture she chooses to present, one of working women, equal parts feminine, equal parts immaculately professional and completely representative of all-American family values.


Landing in Ahmedabad with POTUS Donald Trump, the first lady Melania and husband Jared Kushner, Ivanka is seen descending to the tarmac wearing a chic floral print midi-dress by New York-based womenswear and accessories brand Proenza Schouler. The dress is a viscose baby-blue with a red floral print, in signature Ivanka style. In a nod towards sustainable fashion, this dress is the same one worn by Ivanka on her visit to Argentina in September last year. The dress is detailed with puff-sleeves and tie-up neckline and was accessorized with red stilettos, statement earrings, straight, sleek hair and minimalistic makeup. 

Taking a cue from her father Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” proposal, Ivanka has always favoured mainstream American fashion designers with her past sartorial choices such as Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors, Carolina Herrara and Oscar de la Renta (Who was the creator of Ivanka’s white inauguration ceremony jumpsuit).

The 'repeating' of her ensemble has added sustainable chic in the lexicon of adjectives to describe her modern, working woman persona. 

Story: Simrit Tiwana and Arpita Kala