Melania Trump does not pack light – and she is certainly not cheap.
The 49-year-old first lady accompanied her husband, President Donald Trump, on a short four-day trip to Japan during the Memorial Day weekend and brought out the big weapons – and the big credit card limits – when it came to her designer wardrobe.
During the trip, Melania was photographed with six different outfits consisting of $ 19,250 in clothing – and that doesn't even include the cost of her shoes, belts, and jewelry.
Big spender! Melania Trump was wearing $ 20,000 in clothing in just four days during a trip to Japan
Which budget? The 49-year-old arrived at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on May 25 in a Calvin Klein postcard-printed dress that cost $ 3,900 – and was accessorized with Christian Louboutin heels
Out and about: on Sunday 26 April she visited a digital art museum with the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Akie Abe
Without obligation: she wore a pajama-style navy Loro Piano jumpsuit, with which the Trump family brought back no less than $ 3,450, with a belt around her waist
The journey began with the president and the first lady who landed on May 25 at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. At the departure of the aircraft, Melania was photographed with a $ 3,900 Calvin Klein covered with a postcard print.
Melania & # 39; s dresses according to the numbers
$ 3,900: Calvin Klein dress with postcard print on May 25
$ 3,450: Loro Piana jumpsuit on May 26
$ 2,020: Pink dress by Roland Mouret on 26 May
$ 4,290: Floral Carolina Herrera dress on May 27
$ 4,490: J. Mendel dress with cape on May 27
$ 1,100: Yellow Dries Van Noten jacket on May 28
TOTAL: $ 19,250
While the first lady did not carry a wallet – and in fact was not seen while wearing a bag for the duration of the trip – she did accessorize with a brown leather belt, navy Louboutin heels (a similar style is sold for $ 695) , and sunglasses.
Interestingly enough, Melania also wore the dress when she left Washington D.C. – which would not be so remarkable if the first lady didn't change her outfit normally halfway through the flight. However, she seemed this particular dress was too nice to be cut while she was wearing it and went to both Japan and Japan.
But although Melania remained attached to a single outfit that day, she would wear multiple looks in the coming days.
Sunday, May 26, she started the morning in a $ 3,450 Loro Piana silk jumpsuit in pajama style. The one-piece section with contrasting piping was circled at the waist with a dark belt and finished with black patent pumps.
The ensemble looked reasonably comfortable when Melania, together with wife Akie Abe of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visited the teamLab Borderless exhibition in a digital art museum in Odaiba Pallete Town.
In the museum she signed autographs for students who participated in a & # 39; Be Best & # 39; event and even took part in a number of works of art, drawing fish with the children.
Switcheroo: On the evening of May 26, she turned into a $ 2,020 hot pink Roland Mouret dress
Wrestling: She wore the dress, which had an asymmetrical neckline and hem, to dine at Inakaya restaurant and then attended the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium
Women's club: the following day, May 27, she met Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (photo right) in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Ladiesish: She was wearing a $ 4290 tea-colored white embroidered dress from Carolina Herrera, who had embroidered beautiful 3D flowers on top and side
That night she underwent a change of costume before attending dinner with Prime Minister Abe and his wife at Inakaya restaurant in the Roppongi district in Tokyo.
For the fun night out, including taking a sumo wrestling match, she wore a bright pink dress from Roland Mouret that cost $ 2,020. The body-hugging wool number featured an asymmetrical neckline and hem.
The following morning, on May 27, Melania attended a welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace and held things in a white-flowered Carolina Herrera dress – which cost a whopping $ 4,290.
The summerly embroidered dress was light and airy and was paired with red suede pumps at her feet.
But she wanted to change another outfit before the evening, and change the day dress for evening wear to attend a state banquet in the Imperial Palace with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
For the chic dinner she wore a $ 4490 light pink dress by J. Mendel, which came with a matching cape with a gorgeous leaf print.
Finally, on their last day of the trip, Melania stood with her husband while talking to troops aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka.
The first lady seemed to feel sunny before leaving, putting on a $ 1,100 Dries Van Noten jacket with a golden-red floral pattern and bright yellow stilettos. Under the jacket was what looked like an ivory-colored dress.
Another outfit change! She exchanged the dress for evening wear to attend a state banquet in the Imperial Palace with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako
Glimmered: for the chic dinner she wore a light pink $ 4.490 dress by J. Mendel, which came with a matching cape with a glitzy leaf print
Goodbye: Finally, on their last day of the trip, Melania stood with her husband with the Emperor of Japan before speaking to troops aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka
All smiles: The first lady seemed to feel sunny before leaving, putting on a $ 1,100 Dries Van Noten jacket with a goldenrod-hued floral pattern and bright yellow stilettos.
For Hollywood stars, models, and pop singers, a $ 20,000 wardrobe for a four-day trip is normal – especially since they don't have to buy the clothes when they are big enough.
But Melania's stylist, Herve Pierre, has insisted that the first lady does not borrow her outfits from designers and splash thousands of dollars on each piece – even when she only intends to wear it publicly.
Speak with the New York Times in September 2017, Pierre said that he is actually shopping for Melania & # 39; s clothing.
& # 39; I'm going to Bergdorf, I'm going to Saks, Michael Kors, Dior, & # 39; he said to the newspaper. & # 39; What is challenging is when I cannot say what it is for. & # 39;
And after wearing a $ 9,590 black beaded Michael Kors suit for her husband's first joint address to Congress that year, Kors confirmed in a statement that she had actually bought it.
This was the norm for recent first ladies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Obama & # 39; s press secretary Joanna Rosholm said the former first lady did not borrow clothes during the eight years her husband was president.
& # 39; Obama is paying for her clothes, & she said. & # 39; For official events of public or historical significance, such as a state visit, the clothing of the first lady can be given as a gift from a designer and accepted on behalf of the US government. They are then stored by the National Archives. & # 39; & # 39;
Laura Bush also paid for her clothes and wrote in her memoir that she was "surprised at the large number of designer clothes that I expected to buy."
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