WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arriving pure as the driven-snow in white, First Lady Melania Trump attended her first State of the Union address separately from her husband. Though some regarded it as a slight against her husband after weeks of rumors that he paid of a porn star to keep an extra-marital affair quiet, it may have been as Stephen Colbert joked, simply that she didn’t want anything from the Burger King drive-through window.
In these troubled times when black has become the battle cry color for women railing against sexual assault and harassment, Melania’s choice of suit color offered many interpretations. Was her white Christian Dior pant suit, silk Dolce & Gabbana blouse and Christian Louboutin pumps an affront to women or an homage to the suffragettes who fought for women’s equality?
Some, such as the New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman, noted that Hillary Clinton had also worn white for Trump’s inauguration in honor of the suffragist movement. Also, at last week’s Grammy Awards, a group of women that performed with Ke$ha, protested sexual assault in ivory.
Others, speculate that the First Lady, who has been rumored to be spending time away from her infamously philandering husband at Mar-a-Lago and in a DC hotel, made her tone choice as a protest against The Donald’s womanizing ways.
In the past, there have been suggestions that Melania chooses her clothes based on her mood as when she wore a pussy-bow blouse to the second presidential debate after her husband was outed for saying that he could “grab” women “by the p—y.”
CNN White House Reporter Kate Bennett reported on Melania choosing to ride solo to the ceremony, “She did drive up separately this evening from the White House to the capitol … We do hear from the White House, however Wolf, they will be driving home together. The President and the First Lady will share the ride home. But it is, again, bucking tradition that she drove up on her own.”
Bennett also addded, “You know, she’s wearing a cream-colored suit there, which I find interesting. Remember last year, the female Democratic Senators all wore white.” Meanwhile, several critics objected to the Slovenian-born First Lady wearing a foreign designer to her America husband’s first State of the Union.
It may be futile to venture as to why the Trumps drove separately to the event. They notoriously spend a lot on travel and since day one their transportation expenses have been sky-high. And as for her choice of outfit color, I’m just asking myself, since when do we wear white after Labor Day?