KEEPING UP APPEARANCES: While the pundits and political wonks pick apart every last word hurled between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Monday night’s presidential debate, style watchers had plenty of parting shots to analyze. While the two candidates crossed party lines with their color choices — Clinton in a bright red pantsuit and Trump in a lapis blue necktie — their respective inner circles also made some unexpected wardrobe choices.
Wearing an off-the-shoulder black Dolce & Gabbana dress, Melania Trump appeared as though a great deal hadn’t changed since her days as a professional model. Instead of shopping online as she had for her Republican National Convention designer choices, the candidate’s wife bought the fall runway look at Dolce & Gabbana’s Fifth Avenue flagship, a short walk from Trump Tower. She also spent $2,445 for the frock she chose for her Hofstra University appearance, according to her assistant.
Just as her father toned down his delivery a few decibels, Ivanka Trump also lowered the level of self promotion. The entrepreneur and mother of three opted not to wear an affordable dress from her signature collection, as has become routine for her campaign duties. Handlers declined to identify the designer of the blush-colored, short-sleeve dress label she wore. Her coordinating $135 pumps were from her own label, as was the clutch she carried. But the latter is out of stock, a spokeswoman said.
The Democratic candidate also wore at least one affordable accessory — the $135 petite Chloé station necklace from Julie Vos. Clinton has been known to wear the designer’s earrings as well, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Ivanka Trump’s pal Chelsea Clinton chose a long-sleeve, knee-length black dress which was more subdued than the red, sleeveless Roland Mouret one she sported at this summer’s Democratic National Convention. Seated beside his daughter Monday night, Bill Clinton wore a dark suit and red printed tie. Red states? Blue states?
While the late Oscar de la Renta was known to dress his good friend Hillary Clinton for her public appearances, another designer named Oscar — as in Garcia-Lopez — suited up Lara Trump on Monday night. Lobbyists and activists may try to find fodder in his winning “Under the Gunn,” featuring Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.” The Cuban-born designer runs his business from Miami. The primrose yellow shade of Trump’s dress indicated she is up to speed with Pantone’s Top 10 Spring Fashion Colors. That on-trend choice may very well have been selected by Trump, an associate producer for CBS’s “Inside Edition.” A former personal trainer with a pastry arts degree from the French Culinary Institute, she also pitches in at her husband Eric’s foundation.