Fashion diplomacy: How Melania Trump dresses to fit all occasions on her Asia tour

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visited Japan and South Korea as part of a 12-day tour of Asia.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visited Japan and South Korea as part of a 12-day tour of Asia. PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump (centre R) and First Lady Melania Trump (centre L) arrive for a state dinner with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump (centre R) and First Lady Melania Trump (centre L) arrive for a state dinner with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
US First Lady Melania burns incense at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov 8, 2017.
US First Lady Melania burns incense at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov 8, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
US President Donald Trump tours the Forbidden City in Beijing with First Lady Melania Trump, China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
US President Donald Trump tours the Forbidden City in Beijing with First Lady Melania Trump, China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. PHOTO: AFP
US First Lady Melania Trump (left) and Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017.
US First Lady Melania Trump (left) and Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - US President Donald Trump is currently on a tour of five Asian countries. While an important question to ask is what he can do for diplomacy, it is just as important to ask what diplomacy can do for Melania Trump's wardrobe.

The American First Lady started the tour bundled up in a thick coat in Tokyo, but had made a less conservative fashion choice by the time she got to their second stop, Seoul, choosing to wear a sheer dress to a state dinner.

It remains to be seen what the 47-year-old will sport during her next few days in China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

1. Arriving in Japan, she stepped off the plane in a striped wool Fendi coat embellished with flowers. She paired it with nude Manolo Blahnik heels. In this ensemble, her activities included visiting luxury pearl retailer Mikimoto's flagship Ginza store with prime minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie to learn about Japanese pearl cultivation.


US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Japan wearing a striped wool Fendi coat embellished with flowers. PHOTO: REUTERS


US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Japan wearing a striped wool Fendi coat embellished with flowers. PHOTO: AFP

2. For dinner with the prime minister and his wife at Ginza Ukai Tei restaurant, she wore a mid-length black coat and a black sash. 


US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania were hosted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie to a dinner at Ginza Ukai Tei in Tokyo. PHOTO: REUTERS


US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania were hosted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie to a dinner at Ginza Ukai Tei in Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP

3. To meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Tokyo's Imperial Palace, as well as to attend a calligraphy class at an elementary school, she wore a navy Dior dress with flowing sleeves and a flared mid-length skirt. Uncharacteristically, she wore her hair in an up-do.


US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were welcomed by Emperor Akihito (second right) and Empress Michiko (right), upon their arrival at the Imperial Palace on Nov 6, 2017, in Tokyo. PHOTO: NYTIMES

4. She attended a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Abe, wearing a long, caped Valentino dress made of red silk.


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also hosted an official dinner for US President Trump and First Lady Melania at Akasaka Palace in Japan. PHOTO: REUTERS

5. Arriving in Seoul, she wore a dark burgundy coat with exaggerated sleeves and a zip detail by Spanish brand Delpozo, paired with blue pumps. In this outfit, she also visited the presidential Blue House and interacted with South Korean school children at the American ambassador's residence.


US First Lady Melania Trump arriving for a two-day state visit at US Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Nov 7, 2017. PHOTO: EPA


US First Lady Melania Trump arriving for a two-day state visit at US Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Nov 7, 2017. PHOTO: AFP


US First Lady Melania Trump arriving for a two-day state visit at US Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Nov 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

6. To a state dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House, she wore a blue and black dress with sheer panels and sequins, by New York-based French luxury brand J Mendel. Here, she let her hair down.


US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive for a state dinner with South Korea's President Moon Jae In at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Nov 7, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

7. For a visit to the South Korean National Assembly followed by a visit to the National Cemetery, she wore a long, flowing black coat cinched at the waist with a buckled belt.


US First Lady Melania Trump burns incense to pay tribute to martyrs at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov 8, 2017. PHOTO: EPA


US President Donald J. Trump (centre) and first lady Melania Trump (left) salute during their visit to the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov 8, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

8. She wore yet another black coat when she disembarked from Air Force One in Beijing on Wednesday (Nov 8) , making this her go-to play-it-safe dress code. Pairing the coat with black heels, she took a tour of the Forbidden City. 


US President Donald Trump poses with First Lady Melania Trump in the Forbidden City in Beijing on Nov 8, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

9. At a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday (Nov 9), she stood out on the red carpet in this black Dolce & Gabbana dress with white flowers, which, with its floaty silhouette, made her look especially feminine. 


US First Lady Melania Trump (left) and Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

10. A state dinner saw her trotting out this pink-and-black Chinese-inspired Gucci dress with a phoenix-and-flowers motif and fur cuffs, paired with matching pale pink heels.

Arriving with her, President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan also chose a black dress with a cheongsam collar, but with light, sheer fabrics. 


First lady Melania Trump (left) and Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, arrive for a state dinner in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017. PHOTO: NYTIMES


(From left) China's President Xi Jinping, US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

11. While her husband continued on to Vietnam, she remained in China and capped off her Asia tour on Nov 10 with stops at the Beijing Zoo’s panda enclosure and the Great Wall. Here, she wore a structured black coat draped over a black sweater, and a high-waisted, fitted skirt. She completed the look with a belt featuring intricate laser cuts, nude flats and sunglasses. 


US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing, China, on Nov 10, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE


Mrs Trump wore a belt featuring intricate laser cuts. PHOTO: AFP

 

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