Let’s be honest; when you hear the name Dolce & Gabbana, you know you’re going to see elegance that is almost spellbinding with exquisite old world tradition blended in. On Friday, her final day in Italy, First Lady Melania Trump donned a vivid floral D&G coat when she met with Emanuela Mauro, wife of the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni. She and her fellow G7 spouses were invited to visit the historic Chierici Palace.
As she exited her chauffeured SUV that morning in the coastal town of Catania, Sicily, Mrs. Trump wowed the waiting crowds as her draped blooming coat graced her shoulders, and all heads turned. The elegant 3D floral coat features opulent details like embroidery, ribbons, sequins and appliques. According to People magazine, the Dolce & Gabbana coat wears a hefty price tag of $51,500. The matching floral D&G clutch costs $1,630 and is now sold out at most stores, including tony Neiman Marcus.
Following in the footsteps of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, and the late Princess Diana, it appears that Melania Trump is slowly starting to earn her style icon global status. The former model has been seen in a wide variety of fashion garments along each leg of her first overseas trip with President Donald Trump.
However, not everyone is a fan of Mrs. Trump’s expensive designer ensembles, and social media sites like Twitter are abuzz over the cost of the D&G coat alone. However, the First Lady has also been applauded and well-received for dressing in a dignified, polished style with a touch of independence, during the 9-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.
While in Saudi Arabia, the First Lady chose a demure black Stella McCartney pantsuit with a very wide gold belt. Mrs. Trump and First Daughter, Ivanka, chose not to cover their heads with the customary scarf. Michelle Obama did not cover her head when visiting the country in 2015. Before a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the First Lady honored the traditional Vatican dress code by wearing a black, long-sleeved dress and veil. This was another D&G outfit she selected.
Mrs. Trump chose a variety of American and European designers on her first official trip abroad. It will be interesting to see how her style evolves going forward.