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In Vogue: Melania Trump and Fashion diplomacy

Here’s a look at how US First Lady Melania Trump dresses to fit all occasions on her Asia tour.

May Seah |

US President Donald Trump is currently on a tour of five Asian countries. While an important question to ask is what he can do for diplomacy, it is just as important to ask what diplomacy can do for Melania Trump’s wardrobe.

The American First Lady started the tour bundled up in a thick coat in Tokyo, but had made a less conservative fashion choice by the time she got to their second stop, Seoul, choosing to wear a sheer dress to a state dinner. It remains to be seen what the 47-year-old will sport during her next few days in China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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US First Lady Melania Trump (L) (PHOTO: Xinhua/Lan Hongguang/IANS)

Arriving in Japan, she stepped off the plane in a striped wool Fendi coat embellished with flowers. She paired it with nude Manolo Blahnik heels. In this ensemble, her activities included visiting luxury pearl retailer Mikimoto’s flagship Ginza store with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie to learn about Japanese pearl cultivation.

For dinner with the Prime Minister and his wife at Ginza Ukai Tei restaurant, she wore a mid-length black coat and a black sash.

She attended a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Abe, wearing a long, caped Valentino dress made of red silk.

To meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, as well as to attend a calligraphy class at an elementary school, she wore a navy Dior dress with flowing sleeves and a flared mid-length skirt. Uncharacteristically, she wore her hair in an up-do.

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US First Lady Melania Trump attends an event at the US Embassy in Seoul (Yonhap/IANS)

Arriving in Seoul, she wore a dark burgundy coat with exaggerated sleeves and a zip detail by Spanish brand Delpozo, paired with blue pumps. In this outfit, she also visited the presidential Blue House and interacted with South Korean school children at the American ambassador’s residence.

For a visit to the South Korean National Assembly followed by a visit to the National Cemetery, she wore a long, flowing black coat cinched at the waist with a buckled belt.

She wore yet another black coat when she disembarked from Air Force One in Beijing on Wednesday (Nov 8) , making this her go-to play-it-safe dress code. Pairing the coat with black heels, she took a tour of the Forbidden City.

At a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday, she stood out on the red carpet in this black Dolce & Gabbana dress with white flowers, which, with its floaty silhouette, made her look especially feminine.

The Straits Times/ANN