By most accounts, first lady Melania Trump crushed the Australian state dinner Friday, exuding grace and elegance.
But haters gonna hate.
Critics — notably the disgraced New York Times — blasted her for the dress she dared to wear.
The seafoam green gown by J. Mendel that first lady Melania Trump wore during the evening’s historic state dinner was reportedly already sold out by the end of the night. And this despite the critics.
“By the time Mrs. Trump debuted it, the dress was marked down to a mere $1,497 and came with free shipping. And before the evening ended, it was sold out,” The Washington Post confirmed.
As of Sunday morning, it still remained in “sold out” status at Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury department store that reportedly sells the luxurious $5,990 dress:
As seen above, the dress contains transparent sleeves and is reportedly “embellished with vertical rows of bias-cut wavy ruffles falling to a skirt with narrow pleats.”
The first lady wore it while hosting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, for a state dinner Friday evening in the Rose Garden alongside President Donald Trump and a veritable army of other guests, including but not limited to Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Rudy Giuliani.
The following morning, The New York Times — which has been mired in endless controversy over its distasteful tweets, racist contributors and fake news — trotted out a piece blasting Melania for wearing a “say-nothing” dress that apparently just wasn’t good enough.
“Reportedly it cost about $6,000, which is pricey, but on the scale of expensive dresses, not so much,” the Times’ fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, lamented in the piece.
When then-first lady Michelle Obama wore a $12,000 dress to a state dinner in 2014 with French President Francois Hollande, left-wing media critics responded with sycophantic praise, with one then- NBC News White House producer telling others to “#Bowdown” to Michelle’s alleged grace:
HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE FIRST LADY’S DRESS. #BOWDOWN
— Shawna Thomas (@Shawna) February 12, 2014
“[T]here’s something dispiriting about the idea that at one of the grandest public occasions orchestrated by the White House, and managed largely by the East Wing — one full of pomp and circumstance and staging — the costume of the leading lady should be hailed as successful because … it’s pretty,” Friedman’s piece continues.
Again, the Times’ fashion critic wanted more — more price, more lavishness, more pizzazz. In part because, as Friedman admitted in the piece, Melania has a history of turning things up a notch.
“It’s perfectly clear that when Mrs. Trump wants to make a statement with her dress, she does it very well, whether it was her message coat or her white trouser suit at the 2018 State of the Union,” she wrote in her piece. “As a former model, she is well versed in the use of image as silent communication. As a first lady, she knows there’s no getting around it: Everyone is looking.”
“We know it irritates her (she said as much, during her trip to Egypt). We know she’s tired of it. Perhaps this is her way of opting out of the game — especially since when she tries, as with her various hats, it often backfires. But in a visual world, like it or not, we all demand more from our clothes. Is it really so strange that we’d expect the same from her?”
Friedman was correct about Egypt.
“I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear,” Melania said during a trip to the African nation last year.
Source: Fox News
Both her remarks from last year and the allegedly subtle nature of the dress she wore Friday at the state dinner suggest that she’d hoped the media would focus less on her fashion choices and more on the event that she’d helped design from top to bottom.
“Tonight, the First Lady will open the Rose Garden for a press preview of the State Dinner table setting and décor,” her office announced prior to the dinner Friday.
“The Office of the First Lady shares the following details, which were all carefully selected by the First Lady to reflect the strong ties between the United States and Australia.”
Melania appeared to be particularly interested in the colors of the evening.
“The colors chosen for this visit are green and gold, which are the Australian national colors. These colors were derived from the national flower of Australia, the golden wattle, which has a yellow flower and green foliage,” the announcement reads.
First Lady Melania Trump Releases Details for the Trump Administration’s Official Visit and State Dinner with Australia https://t.co/ew7yvU0Qd5
— FLOTUS Report (@MELANIAJTRUMP) September 20, 2019
But sadly for Melania, it appears the world chose to focus on the wrong thing again. And as usual, her critics — many of them victims of Trump Derangement Syndrome — used the opportunity to again blast her for allegedly being this, that, and the third.
Like@everything else she wears, it’s hideous. Melania’s clothes wear her – she doesn’t wear them. Weird for someone who was a “model.” *cough* escort *cough*
— Hey! Not Today! (@heyyou2486) September 21, 2019
She looks like she’s wearing remnants of the curtains they repurposed at the white HOUSE recently.
— twistedfate72 (@2542semperfigrl) September 21, 2019
This woman has no taste. Money cannot buy class or good taste.
— Natalie—ban Assault Weapons Now! Impeachment Now! (@NatalieNsm) September 21, 2019
It looks like ?. It’s probably on sale cuz she wore it and noone will buy it. UGLY
— Sarah21 ? HandsOfftheConstitution (@mimix3) September 21, 2019
She continues to dress like she’s lost her luggage and makes do with table and window coverings …
— Patricia Martin (@vainsovain) September 21, 2019
Her dress looked like a layer of vaginas on the body of a for-hire wife who, along with her parents, are in this country illegally. Can we be honest?
— Austin Barker (@AustinBarker) September 21, 2019
she wore the drapes from the room she redecorated to look like a house of “ill-repute”
— Nigel Tufnel (@GKoury) September 21, 2019
It looks like an 80s prom dress. And what about his stupid baggy pants. You’d think with all the money he claims to have, he could purchase clothing that fits. Zero class
— Ms. T (@tenfortea) September 21, 2019
My great-aunt wore the same dress to all the family funerals, including her own
— There Will Be A Trial (@bakerpg726) September 21, 2019
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