Melania Trump Kicked Off the Inauguration Ceremonies With a Military Coat

In the lead-up to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, amid all the controversy and plans for protest, there’s been another topic of contentious debate: Who will or will not dress Melania? There’s been tons of speculation thrown around, from Lauren to Lagerfeld, but finally we have the answer—and it’s surprisingly feminist.

Yesterday, when the Trumps touched down in Washington D.C. for their first set of inaugural events, the now First Lady stepped out in a military-inspired coat by Norisol Ferrari for an event at Arlington Cemetery.

In keeping with the heightened level of significance placed on the First Lady’s wardrobe choices set by Michelle Obama, Trump’s first look is steeped in significance. For Ferrari—the daughter of a wounded veteran—dressing the future First Lady in an outfit paying homage to American service members was a bipartisan honor. “I hope we can be a less angry nation,” she said in an interview with WWD. “I wanted to give [Melania] her own voice. Empowering women is all that matters to me. I do not discriminate whether for race, religion, color of skin, sexuality, political affiliation.”

Melania Trump wearing Reem Acra.

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Later that day, for her first presidential black-tie event—a traditional candle-lit dinner held at Union Station on the eve of the inauguration—Melania wore a shimmery sheath by designer Reem Acra. Acra, who is known for her intricate aesthetic, delivered big on presidential glam with a golden, long-sleeved gown that subtly spoke of strength and victory.

In an election cycle that’s focused so heavily on women’s issues—and the incoming president’s lack of support for them—Melania’s inaugural sartorial choices are subversively strong. For a woman so close to the seat of power, many have been quick to dismiss her role in the incoming administration, but like Obama before her, her clothing choices thus far hint at a potential platform for empowering women.

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