Melania Trump's RNC fashion: A scary statement

Melania Trump at Quicken Loans Arena on the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Melania Trump looked absolutely stunning Monday night as she addressed the Republican National Convention last night. Trump’s brown tresses were perfectly beach-waved, her cheeks fabulously rouged and contoured a la Kim Kardashian.

And that dress.

The off-white Roksanda cotton and satin long-sleeved sheath was just lovely. The dress, named “Margot,” was designed by the Serbian-born and London-based Roksanda Ilincic. Trump bought the Serbian fashion label’s “Margot” dress from Net-a-Porter, where it sells for $2190, according to WWD

This is not the first time one of Ilincic’s pieces has been chosen by a stylish woman with a high political profile. Kate Middleton wore a slate gray Roksanda sheath to Wimbledon and the first lady has worn one of her tailored looks in the past, too.

So on a strictly fashion note, the white sheath with its fluted sleeves and very cool exposed zipper down the back made for an exquisitely put together if not angelic look.

“We are truly blessed to be here,” Trump said, her accent thick and Slavic. “My husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I’ve known him... Donald gets things done.”

Trump’s foreignness stands in stark contrast to her husband’s “Make America Safe Again” and “Make America Great Again” sloganeering, which he plans to accomplish with his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Black Lives Matter platform. In other words, anti- all things brown, as some might say.

(That is, unless you have a speech to write: First lady Michelle Obama is clearly your girl, according to reports that Trump lifted entire  parts of her speech from Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.) It also should be noted here that dress sold out within a few hours of the speech, something else Melania Trump has in common with Michelle Obama.

So while Trump appeared flawless on the Cleveland stage Monday night, whether she intended it or not, her all-white ensemble displayed the kind of foreignness that is accepted by her husband’s political party. To many, that outfit could be another reminder that in the G.O.P. white is always right.

Four years ago, Republicans fretted about trying to diversify their base, in the wake of Barack Obama’s clear voter mandate. This time around, with Trump at the top of the ticket, it’s obvious that ship has sailed. On Monday night, Melania Trump was a not-so-subliminal billboard for what’s looking like the Trumpian view of an ideal America.

And if that’s the fashion statement she intended to make, it’s a very scary one.

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