Melania Trump Japan: 28-Year-Old Hopes Hicks Steals Spotlight From 'Lady In Red' First Lady At State Dinner

Melania Trump may have met her fashion match in the form of a White House aide.

Mrs. Trump is accustomed to reaping all the attention about her fashion risks when she steps out in public. After all, she's the First Lady of the United States.

However, the newcomer, Hope Hicks, has reportedly stolen the spotlight from Melania. The new 28-year-old White House communications director looked dazzling in an outfit that contrasted heavily with Melania Trump's luxurious gown during a Japan state dinner -- and all eyes were on the stunning brunette.

According to multiple sources, Hope Hicks hails from an impressive lineage of public relations professionals. Her grandfather worked in PR for Texaco during the oil crisis of the '70s. Hicks' father worked in the PR field for major tobacco brands.

Hope has worked in public relations for five years. Her clients have largely been limited to celebrities. As a former model, Hicks represented Ivanka Trump's fashion line. This is her first foray into politics with her new job in Washington.

The Daily Mail says Hope Hicks' formal attire at the dinner amounted to a "fashion face-off" and may have unknowingly upstaged First Lady Melania Trump. President Trump's leading ladies at the event were striking in their own rights.

Melania donned a gorgeous red floor-length Valentino dress for the banquet that was hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace. The sleeveless and windswept number -- often referred to as a cape gown -- is an enduring staple of the Italian fashion scene. Mrs. Trump's dress boasts a strong tradition of sophistication -- reinforced with subtle embellishments, high hems, and tender preludes.

Enter Hope Hicks. Donald Trump's aide wore a dashing black suit with an underlying white tuxedo shirt. Perhaps, the most prominent feature of her dinner ensemble was the bountiful bow tie that drew all the attention to her fresh face and smoky eyes for the occasion.
She wore her hair loose and cut at the shoulder. A pair of diamond earrings peeped from underneath her locks. The jewelry complemented her androgynous and smart fashion choice for the evening.

Hope was seen blending in with a sea of black suits. In one snap, she appears to be in deep contemplation. In another, Hicks is shown laughing with a group of dinner attendees.

Melania Trump is still setting the bar high in fashion. Earlier in the day, the first lady wore a blue Christian Dior dress during a visit to a local elementary school in Tokyo. Her Japanese counterpart, Mrs. Akie Abe, took her on a tour of the learning institution while their husbands talked policy and fed Koi fish.

There, Mrs. Trump was greeted by a festive crowd and took part in a calligraphy lesson. About 300 students graced the two first ladies with a song.

Donald and Melania Trump are on the second day of their 12-day tour of Asia that includes South Korea, Vietnam, China, Japan, and the Philippines, according to CNN. The question is: whom will she wear next?

Who won the fashion face-off -- Melania Trump or Hope Hicks?

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