Melania Trump is her own winter wonderland in Céline at Congressional Ball

At the White House Congressional Ball on Saturday Night, Melania Trump wore a wintry white Céline gown and accepted her husband’s praise for her much-maligned Christmas decorations. In a tumultuous week for both the president and the first lady, the former model mostly let her shimmering appearance speak for her.

Trump’s last notable Céline outfit was the breezy red-and-white shirt dress she wore when arriving in Ghana in October. In Saturday’s sequined long-sleeve, floor-length dress, Trump resembled a beautiful ice sculpture as her husband spoke of his accomplishments and what he hoped to pass in the next two years. The president made no mention of the legal shadows hanging over his administration.

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President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and first lady Melania Trump, right, acknowledges the crowd during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
El presidente Donald Trump, con el vicepresidente Mike Pence y la primera dama Melania Trump, habla con los asistentes a la fiesta del Congreso en el Gran Foyer de la Casa Blanca en Washington el sábado 15 de diciembre de 2018. (AP Foto/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, right, and first lady Melania Trump, left, gives the thumbs-up as he greets people during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence, and first lady Melania Trump, speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to a cheering and waving crowd as they arrive for the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence, and first lady Melania Trump, speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump, opined by President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence pauses as she speaks during the Congressional Ball in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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“Welcome to the White House. Enjoy the evening. Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year,” Melania Trump said. The first lady’s hair looked considerably less blond than it had during her interview on Fox News Thursday. That may have been a result of different lighting, or she may have darkened it since then.

Also on Saturday evening, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, published an op-ed on CNN.com defending her. The network had previously posted an opinion piece stating that she “doesn’t understand what it means to be first lady,” after she told Fox News that the hardest part of her job is the way “opportunists” use her name. This was during a week in which lawyer Michael Cohen’s hush money payments to Donald Trump’s two alleged mistresses were back in the headlines.

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January 2018

First lady Melania Trump arrived at the State of the Union address on January 30, 2018 in an all-white wide-leg pantsuit from Dior with a silk Dolce & Gabbana blouse and her signature Christian Louboutin stilettos.

February 2018

First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Ohio in a $7000 yellow camel wrap coat by Ralph Lauren, a Hervé Pierre tan leather skirt and Hermes Birkin Bag

February 2018

Trump handed out Valentine's Day cards to children during her visit to the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S in a $2,995 Calvin Klein wrap coat.

March 2018

FLOTUS donned a Brandon Maxwell jacquard cocktail dress ($1595) to welcome Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland at the White House on March 15, 2018. Maxwell, who has worked closely with Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, has also been one of Trump's go-tos.

March 2018

Melania Trump donned a $3995 robin's egg blue Max Mara wrap coat to meet with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu in the Oval Office.

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April 2018

Melania welcomed Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera midi dress ($3000).

April 2018

First Lady Melania Trump greets French president Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, France's first lady, at the Mount Vernon estate in a $3000 Givenchy cape

April 2018

Melania Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for a State Dinner at the White House in Chanel Haute Couture

May 2018

Melania Trump took charge for her "Be Best" initiative in a Ralph Lauren leather jacket, Michael Kors skirt and Christian Louboutin pumps

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June 2018

Trump met with Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in the Oval Office in a green and light beige dress from Valentino along with matching olive heels by her go-to Manolo Blahniks

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June 2018

Melania met with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania at the White House in a light pin dress by Proenza Schouler and Christian Louboutin pumps.  

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July 2018

Melania joined her mother, husband and son Barron to travel to Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base in Erdem trousers and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps

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July 2018

Melania Trump pulled out all the stops in a yellow off-the-shoulder J. Mendel gown while meeting Theresa May in London. 

July 2018

Melania met other leaders at the Cinquantenaire Park Museum in Brussels at the NATO summit in an Elie Saab midi dress.

July 2018

Melania arrived in Helsinki, Finland, in leather pants and a chic blazer, ditching heels for Louboutin 'Solasofia' flats

July 2018

POTUS and FLOTUS, in a yellow Gucci suit, met Putin at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland. 

August 2018

Melania Trump greeted first lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of Kenya in a $3,950 Valentino floral skirt paired with a pale pink sleeveless top and matching pale pink Christian Louboutin heels.

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August 2018

Melania arrived in Morristown, NJ, with President and their son Barron, wearing an emerald green Ralph Lauren turtleneck sweater, Adidas and Rag & Bone skinny jeans.

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October 2018

As part of her 5-day tour of Africa, Melania donned a Michael Jackson-esque tie, pants and hat combo.  

November 2018

Melania Trump departed for Paris in a Burberry double-breasted raincoat and black Christian Louboutin boots

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November 2018

Melania, dressed in  met France's first lady Brigitte Macron, with Trump opting for a black belted coat dress by Bottega Veneta and Christian Louboutin heels. 

November 2018

The Trumps welcomed the 20-foot tall Christmas tree to the White House in mid-November. FLOTUS opted for a red and black tartan coat by Michael Kors

November 2018

FLOTUS kicked off the annual G20 summit in Argentina, opting for a floral Gucci dress and green matching heels. 

December 2018

Melania Trump, in a sophisticated off-the-shoulder dress, joined President Donald Trump for a Hanukkah reception in the White House. She also opted for a pair of her trusty So Kate Louboutin pumps.

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“The media consistently ignores the first lady’s work on behalf of the people of this country, and children in particular, in favor of more trivial matters,” Grisham wrote. According to the Daily Mail, the Trumps stayed at the Congressional Ball for only 29 minutes before heading back to the residence.

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