Trump joined the president March 15 in welcoming Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to the White House. Both she and her husband sported sartorial nods to the Emerald Isle and the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. In keeping with tradition, POTUS wore shamrocks in the breast pocket of his blazer.
FLOTUS, meanwhile, wore a sleeveless emerald-green leopard-print sheath dress for the occasion. The jacquard cocktail dress, which retails for $1,595, is by Brandon Maxwell, a designer popular with a number of A-listers. His most notable fans, however, are a far cry from the Trumps: Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.
— Brandon Maxwell (@Brandonmaxwell) January 23, 2018
The pop star, who famously protested outside Trump Tower after the results of the last presidential election were announced, has worked closely with Maxwell during his stretch as her stylist and fashion director. Maxwell has been described as both her “favorite designer” and “best friend.”
One of Maxwell’s biggest breaks came when he dressed Obama in an ivory column dress for a state dinner in 2016.
“It has been an incredible honor for me and my team to create this dress for the first lady,” the designer said in a statement at the time. “Strong and elegant, she is the embodiment of the woman that inspires me to create, and a role model for women all over the world.”
Maxwell, whose designs have also been worn recently by Blake Lively and Octavia Spencer, has yet to comment on his latest first lady fan. But the look is earning rave reviews from FLOTUS supporters — though not so much from her critics.
Michelle wears maxwell better
— STORMY Newport (@ruckus2) March 15, 2018
Speeches, designers…what won't she steal?
— Auntie Mame (@BronwynOfAvalon) March 15, 2018
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