Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Melania Trump wears $51K Dolce & Gabbana jacket in Sicily

U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania Italy U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania Italy
Johnnie Parks | 28 May, 2017, 03:03

The First Lady joined her husband, President Donald Trump, on his first European trip as POTUS, and wowed in a $51,500 floral coat.

Instagram site Whitehousewardrobe, which tracked the first lady's clothing on her husband's first global trip as president, drew some scathing remarks about the extravagance of the jacket as President Donald Trump proposes dismantling the economic safety net for working-class Americans.

She also stepped out in a billowing floral-print dress that she complemented with white flats for a tour on the island alongside France's first lady Brigitte Trogneux, and other wives of world leaders on the island during the summit.

US first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017.

Mrs Trump is in Sicily accompanying husband and US President Donald Trump to the G-7 summit.

Gabbana has celebrated each of Mrs. Trump's appearance with Instagram posts.

From left: US First Lady Melania Trump listens to Amanda Succi wife of Catania's mayor Enzo Bianco as they stand at the balcony during a visit at the City Hall of Catania on the sidelines of a G7 summit of the Heads of State and of Government in T

The designers behind Dolce&Gabbana have been vocal about their wish to dress the First Lady while many other designers have said they will not dress her.

The coat, worn over a simple beige dress, sells for only $5,000 less than the median USA household income in 2015.

"Thank you", Mr Gabbana captioned, with several love heart symbols and #DGWOMAN. While the government does provide first ladies with a wardrobe allowance, it was unclear if the outfit was bought or borrowed.

Dolce & Gabbana have made Sicily their fashion muse, so it makes sense that she would also wear their designs in Sicily. Her fashion choices so far have been a contrast to her predecessor, who liked to mix designer items with more accessible brands like J. Crew.

As the Trumps traveled through Saudia Arabia, Israel, Italy, Brussels and then back to Italy, the president left it to top aides in Washington to explain the details of his federal budget proposal for 2018.

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