First ladies of fashion

Ms Peng Liyuan and Mrs Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida on Thursday. The First Ladies both later wore dresses that matched their husbands' tie colour at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
The First Ladies both later wore dresses that matched their husbands' tie colour at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.PHOTOS: NYTIMES

United States President Donald Trump and his wife Melania met Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan for the first time on Thursday. While Mr Trump turned out in his signature red power tie, his counterpart Mr Xi was decked out in contrasting blue. Here is a look at what the First Ladies wore.


Ms Peng landed at the Palm Beach International Airport with her husband, dressed in a chic, casual style.

She wore a long black cardigan over a white top and pants, with a cobalt-blue shawl around her neck.

Her white bag matched her cream heels, giving her an overall clean, fresh look.



Mrs Trump landed in Palm Beach in a black-and-white dress with a deep V-neck.

She cinched the waist in with a black leather belt, and added black sunglasses and heels into the mix.




For her appearance at her husband's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mrs Trump wore a red square-necked Valentino dress. The midi dress cost US$3,933 (S$5,500) and is made of wool and silk-blend crepe. The vivid colour, Valentino's signature hue, was in coordination with Mr Trump's red tie. Embossed floral motifs peppered her tea-length frock.

The skirt hem of the dress was shortened just below the knee - better to show off Mrs Trump's legs and pumps. To complete her look, Mrs Trump wore So Kate pumps featuring floral designs on a white graphic python mosaique surface from Christian Louboutin.

Its pointed-toe silhouette and 4.75-inch stiletto heel added an extra spring to her step.


Ms Peng wore a dark blue dress with a traditional Mandarin collar and floral designs on the bodice. Her hair was up in a braided updo, and pearl drop earrings accentuated the look.

She paired the knee-length garment with a satin-sheened blue clutch and a velvet berry-coloured shawl, topping it off with classic dark heels. Her gown also matched her husband's blue tie.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'First ladies of fashion'. Print Edition | Subscribe