Conservative outlets are fuming at what they see as a major snub of Melania Trump from Vanity Fair’s 2017 international best-dressed record, while the magazine went ahead and placed Michelle and Barack Obama on its list of best-dressed couples. Melania Trump and her husband President Donald Trump were notably absent from that couple’s list. However, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, whom the Trumps visited in July, cut. Other celebrities and international figures on the best-dressed men’s list include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and basketball star LeBron James, while the best-dressed women’s record features singer Rihanna and Queen Letizia of Spain. Melania, an Eastern European-born former model, should have been included because she is “one of the most fashion-forward American ladies in American history,” wrote Breitbart’s John Bindner. He praised her for often opting for the “most luxurious of fashion ensembles.”
A $51,000 Dolce and Gabbana jacket
Meanwhile, Brent Scher, over at the Washington Free Beacon, wrote “I’m shaking” at the idea that Melania wasn’t hailed as her “fashion tour de force” during the first couple’s nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe in May. “There is nobody on Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list more deserving of the honor than the First Lady,” wrote Scher, who added that Barack Obama “dresses like a nerd.” Of course, Melania Trump’s “fashion tour de force” in the Middle East and Europe also included her controversial choice to wear a $51,000 Dolce and Gabbana jacket to a meeting with spouses of world leaders at the G-7 summit in Italy. Admittedly, the floral coat was gorgeous, and Melania looked great in it. But critics noted that $51,000 is the equivalent of an average American’s household income and an amount similar to the starting salaries for teachers, police officers, other public safety workers and coal miners in some parts of the country.
Such a choice may not provide the best “optics” for a First Lady whose husband is supposed to represent all Americans, not just those who can regularly wear “head-turning” Manolo Blahniks, as the Washington Free Beacon’s Scher described some of Melania’s regular footwear. More recently, Melania inspired an Internet meme on August 29 for wearing towering stilettos as she left the White House with the president to visit areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey. Perhaps the mockery wasn’t fair, given that she had ditched the stilettos in favor of sneakers when she walked off the plane in Corpus Christi. Still, in an article it ran on Melania’s hurricane stilettos, Vanity Fair said they were “what not to wear to a natural disaster.” The magazine only offered a brief explanation for why it chose the Obamas for its couples list, highlighting one look Michelle pulled off while the couple was visiting Tuscany: “A white, off-the-shoulder Club Monaco top with high-waisted BCBG green linen cargo pants and sunglasses.”