A $ 2,000 designer trench coat, worn by Melania Trump, sparked a fierce debate – about its color.
The First Lady wore the shiny black leather mac as she traveled with President Trump to New Orleans to watch the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday afternoon.
While many who have seen photos of Melania, 49, stepping through the greenery of the White House South Lawn to board Marine One, say they are clearly wearing a navy jacket, it seems the designer of the garment, Scanlan Theodore, no one to make that color, only black.
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Trick of light? Melania Trump, pictured with President Trump, wore a glossy Scanlan Theodore trench coat on Monday during the national championship game College Football Playoff in New Orleans. Although it looked blue, it actually appears as black on the company’s website
Blue is the color … or isn’t it? Melania’s expensive coat seemed to take on a dark navy hue – but could the bright lights of the cameras that photographed her have changed the shade?
The website of designer Scanlan Theodore tells a different story, with the trench coat from Melania in just two colors, black and cocoa
Even at the White House South Lawn, where the president and his wife picked up Marine One to fly to New Orleans for the competition, the trench didn’t look completely black
Or maybe it’s black? Different lights seemed to show a different shadow. Right: Melania combined the shiny slicker with knee-high black stilettos
The fashion debate seems to be a presidential version of the famous ‘dressgate’ story that went viral all over the world in 2015 after millions of people disagreed about whether a photo of a dress posted on Tumblr was black or blue.
With the Melania jacket, it is apparently a closed matter.
According to the Scanlan Theodore website, the $ 2,000 item of clothing, listed as a “leather trench,” comes in just two shades of black or cocoa.
The description of the black jacket is: “Leather Trench is made of 100% leather. It is cut for a loose fit, but comes with a belt that is meant to be tightened at the waist. It has a collar, long sleeves and button fastening on the front. Also available in cocoa. ”
MailOnline has contacted Scanlan Theodore for comments.
En route: the couple flew to New Orleans to see Clemson University and Louisiana State University compete at the College Football Playoff National Championship
Say hello: Melania stopped to greet fans as she and her husband walked across the South Lawn of the White House
Statement piece: the first lady looked neat in her $ 2,000 leather jacket with belt from Scanlan Theodore
The presidential couple attended the football match, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, between Clemson University and Louisiana State University – two red-state football powers that Trump held in the 2016 presidential election.
Melanie, 49, avoided wearing both team colors and held onto the neutral, apparently completely black outfit.
She combined the shiny slicker with knee-high black stiletto boots and wore her highlighted brown hair in loose waves around her shoulders.
Standard: Trump wore his characteristic navy suit, red tie and navy wool coat to stay warm
While the former model wore black from head to toe, her husband had his distinctive navy suit, red tie and navy wool coat to stay warm.
Debate about the color of her jacket has clear echoes of the now infamous “blue or black?” clothing story, which made the national news in 2015.
A photo of the dress was first posted on Tumblr by Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Scotland, after she noticed that her friends saw different colors in the photo.
In 2015, the internet was about ‘dressgate’ after Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Scotland, called up the debate about whether this dress was blue or black
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE COLORS WE SEE ON CLOTHES
By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline
Andrew Lotery, professor of ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, told MailOnline that the difference in perception about colors may be due to lighting conditions, the device on which the image is viewed and even the age and gender of a person.
He explained that everyone has different combinations of genes that create the sense of color for red, green and blue and because these genes are on the X chromosome, women tend to have more variations.
As a result, women have a more dynamic color range, making them more sensitive and sensitive to specific colors. This may explain why women switch between seeing the different colors, and men usually don’t.
He added that some people have more than one ‘dose’ of a blue color gene, for example, so that they will also see higher or lower levels of this color.
Moreover, as people get older, their perception of color changes.
The eye lens gradually yellows with age and this exposes more blue, Professor Lotery continued.
This will affect how deep or strong a color appears and may explain why older people can see the shades of blue and black instead of the white and gold.
He gave the example that painters such as Monet and Rembrandt painted scenes when they were younger and mainly had one color, but the same scenes had more red as they were painted later in life.
Elsewhere, Professor Lotery said: “The occipital lobe is responsible for actually processing vision and there may be an element of optical illusion to [the photo of the dress]. “
Many work by contrasting images and colors, and this contrast can explain the differences on the dress.
“It’s a striking contrast between black and blue,” Professor Lotery continued.
“For example, if the lighting conditions change slightly, the person viewing the image, for example, gets more stimulation on the blue photo receptor than on the red one.
“In the balance of stimulating one, a subtle change in angle can turn around. This includes the type of room, the monitor, the lighting and so on.
And if your brain specifically focuses on the differences, your vision is possible at the point of color recognition and this can cause the differences. “
Other circumstances, such as the development of cataracts, change the way people see the color blue, and that can also play a role.
Distinctive style: Melania wore her highlighted brown hair in loose waves around her shoulders
Smart: Melania avoided wearing both team colors and got stuck with a neutral, completely black outfit
Football fan: the national championship marks the third college football game that Trump’s has attended this season
First stop: after a short helicopter flight, they arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
The image became an online sensation, where messages about the original colors of the dress – and the science behind the debate – were viewed and shared millions of times.
Even celebrities took part in the fashion debate, with Kim Kardashian asking her 29.4 million Twitter followers to settle a disagreement between her and her husband Kanye West.
There is science behind color perception that can influence how a color is interpreted.
During ‘dressgate’, Andrew Lotery, professor of ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, told MailOnline that the difference in perception about colors may be due to lighting conditions, the device on which the image is viewed and even a person’s age and gender .