All eyes were on Melania Trump on the evening of the RNC, as Melania strolled onto the stage wearing a white cotton and silk-blend dress from Roksanda. The “Margot” dress sells for a cool $2,190 — that is, if Trump’s dress were in stock. As reported by WWD, the white dress Melania wore was actually off-white in color. Melania bought the off-white dress — Roksanda’s “Margot” as it’s named — herself from Net-A-Porter.
Net-A-Porter is a play on the phrase Prêt-à-Porter, which means ready-to-wear. However, Net-A-Porter is no J. Crew or White House/Black Market $148 find that Michelle Obama once wore, as reported by Today.
Instead, the “world’s premier online luxury fashion destination” Net-A-Porter lists Melania’s now-famous RNC off-white dress with a price tag of $2,190. It also now lists the fact that anyone who wants to get their hands on their own “Margot” dress by Roksanda can add the dress that Melania wore to a wish list and get notified when the RNC dress is back in stock and available for purchase.
According to Google’s cache of the Roksanda dress as of July 17, the dress was still available for sale that day. However, with WWD spilling the beans on July 18 about Melania’s purchase of her RNC off-white dress herself, it’s no wonder that the dress quickly sold out, even at such a high price tag.
The highlight of Melania’s dress were the sleeves that showed off Trump’s slim frame and arms with flourish as Melania waved to the RNC crowd in Cleveland and made gestures. With a style that offered a snug fit at Melania’s waist and chest area, the dress that Trump picked herself because she liked it was looser at the hip area.
With Melania being a former model and incorporating her love of fashion and worldwide travels from Milan to Paris for fashion-related fare into Melania’s controversial RNC speech, Trump needed no help in picking out a dress to wear for Melania’s all-important RNC speech. Melania’s spokesperson told WWD that Trump did not work with any fashion designers in order to select the off-white “Margot” dress that she liked.
The description of the “Margot” dress donned by Melania at the RNC likens the Roksanda creation as a dress that could even be worn by a modern bride as her wedding dress. Therefore, expect to see plenty of brides donning Melania’s dress as their wedding gowns in months to come. The fact that Trump’s dress has been compared to a wedding dress is symbolic of Melania’s “coming out” RNC speech, wherein Melania spoke to perhaps the largest crowd ever, in Trump’s most significant speech to date.
Melania was poised to be a Jackie Kennedy-type of First Lady, reports NPR, with Jackie’s fashions also once highly in focus in the public’s eye. A model since the age of 16, Melania is no stranger to knowing the types of dresses that highlight her long and lithe frame.
The Roksanda dress that Melania wore is described as follows on the Net-A-Porter website.
“Roksanda’s ‘Margot’ dress is a beautiful option for the modern bride. Crafted from a lustrous blend of ivory cotton and silk, it’s designed with a nipped-in waist and dramatic bell sleeves in a contrasting basketweave. Complete the elegant picture with gold accessories. Ivory cotton and silk-blend. Two-way zip fastening through back 60% cotton, 40% silk; lining: 100% silk. Dry clean. Made in England.”
With all the newfound attention on designer Roksanda Ilincic due to the creation that Melania chose, the London-based Roksanda will likely be the focus of plenty of articles. However, the Serbian-born designer who created the Roksanda label would not comment to WWD.
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