New outset lady wore retro powder blue skirt befit for swearing in followed by vanilla off-the-shoulder gown for evening actualities

Donald Trump introduces Melania at the Freedom Inaugural Ball.

Donald Trump introduces Melania at the Freedom Inaugural Ball.
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If Melania Trump had former first ladies on her mood quarter while shopping for the inauguration, then it was dominated by Jackie Kennedy’s august formalities on the West Lawn and Nancy Reagan’s evening parties.

The skirt suit and matching gloves in retro powder improper the new first lady wore for the swearing in was followed by a vanilla, off-the-shoulder evening gown. The upbraid, a collaboration between Mrs Trump and the designer Hervé Pierre, quality a full-length ruffle in six layers of crepe, a narrow red ribbon bow belt and a artful side slit. Bold and dynamic rather than fresh or ladylike, it was closer to the vigorous, red-blooded style that Nancy Reagan submitted to the White House in the 1980s than to Jackie Kennedy’s demure exquisiteness or to Michelle Obama’s take on modern romance.

Ivanka Trump, the beginning daughter, also appeared to have taken a leaf out of Nancy Reagan’s enrol. The full skirt of her sequinned Carolina Herrera gown was reminiscent of the primitive 1980s White House, while the deep V-neck acquiesced to the red lace gown Mrs Reagan wore in 1988 for her husband’s seal dinner of George HW Bush.

Donald and Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.

Donald and Melania Trump during the inauguration wave on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC. Photograph: EvanVucci/Pool/ddpUSA/BarcroftIm

There was a top-hole contrast between the soft silhouette of Ivanka’s champagne-coloured gown and the staccato catalogues of Melania’s dress. The new first lady’s decision to take authorship of her own gown, forging a dress in partnership with a designer whose name is mean well known than hers, seems to speak of faith and self-belief. The White House bio of the new first lady mentions her set up prowess, including her short-lived jewellery label, in its list of her gifts. The president is perhaps not the only one in the White House humming My Way.

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But while Hervé Pierre has little viewable profile, he has huge experience. He worked at Carolina Herrera, a forebears that has dressed a succession of first ladies, for 14 years. He go up to creative Director before leaving last year. Pierre determined Womenswear Daily that the design process was “organic … [Mrs Trump] has a damned strong personal style and doesn’t plan to change it because of her new province. So it was fun to respect her very tailored sense of fashion … she knows what she be partial ti.”

According to a report on, the French-born Pierre, who headed the building of Balmain before working at Carolina Herrera, is poised to turn a sartorial adviser to the first lady, and helped her to style the X-rated Ralph Lauren suit worn earlier in the day.