As a former model and designer devotee, Melania Trump didn’t need to phone in any favors or hire a stylist to help her select the cotton silk off-white Roksanda “Margot” dress she wore Monday night at the Republican National Convention. Trump simply liked the dress and bought it herself from Net-a-porter, according to a spokeswoman, who added that “she isn’t working with any designers.” While her spokeswoman did not release the retail price, similar styles currently sell for $1,500.
Roksanda Ilincic, the Serbian-born and London-based designer behind the Roksanda label, declined to comment Monday through a spokeswoman.
Such certitude on Trump’s part is by far an anomaly in the galaxy of politicians’ wives, who are known to overpack for international photo-ops, never mind their first formal speaking engagement. But then again, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Jill Biden and other better halves never walked a runway or hawked a QVC collection as Trump has. That said, the fact that the Slovenian-American wed The Donald wearing a gown designed by John Galliano in his Christian Dior days underscores her fashion confidence. Trump needed only two designer options for her coming-out party in Cleveland.
She has her fashion designer mother Amalija Knavs to thank for instilling that interest in design. While her daughter, like it or not, has been forced onto the world stage, Knavs prefers to stay under the radar, declining an interview request Monday through a spokeswoman.
First recruited as a model at the age of 16, Trump later worked with Arthur Elgort, Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier and other famed lensmen. She also studied design and architecture in her native Ljubljana, Slovenia. But American voters might recognize her from an Aflac commercial she did years back with the insurance company’s duck.
Along with her QVC jewelry and watch collection, Trump has a skin-care collection called Melania Caviar Complexe C6. Somewhat reluctant to take to the campaign trail early on in the race, Trump is said to be a hands-on mother of son Barron. More widely recognized for being the presidential candidate’s statuesque spouse than, say, an American Red Cross goodwill ambassador, Trump, when asked in a recent interview what was the one habit she wished her husband could kick, said Twitter.
Whether “The Donald” takes fashion pointers from his wife is a topic up for debate. While the blue tie he wore at the RNC Monday night was from his own signature collection, the suit he paired it with may have been from his own label or Brioni, according to one Trump-er.