Outfitted in a Dolce & Gabbana white shell top, Bally brown culottes, and Manolo Blahnik heels, she made her way into her new D.C. home with her parents, her husband President Donald Trump, and their son Barron by her side.
However, the most head-turning addition to her outfit was the Birkin bag on her arm.
While the couple’s 11-year-old son walked around with a fidget spinner earlier in the day, the first lady held onto an Hermès Birkin bag, estimated at over £10,000. But what seems like an outrageous price is not even on the high-end for the iconic bag, which now ranges from £9,000 to £160,000 depending upon style. The camel leather tote is known to be a classic among Birkin bags; Birkins that are made of rare crocodile skin are top of the heap in terms of the world’s most expensive bags, most recently selling for almost £300,000 in Hong Kong.
So, what statement is FLOTUS trying to make carrying such a high-end bag?
“I don’t even think it’s calculated, I don’t think she even thinks about it,” Verdi says. “I think it’s just what she thinks women of status carry.”
Through the over three-decade history of the Hermés Birkin bag — beginning with actress Jane Birkin in 1984 — the tote has become a symbol of wealth across the globe. However, with the limited access that people have to the bag, it’s become more of a collector’s item than a functional. Because of this, Verdi says, Trump might be distancing herself from the masses by wearing it and actually using it.
While the first lady is not known for communicating much with the people, the stylist explains that Trump’s outfitting is sending messages for her.
“With Melania, and any other person who steps in the public eye, if they don’t use their voice, the thing we use as their voice is what they wear. And that’s what we’ve done with her,” Verdi says.
All over social media reactions to the Trump family’s move-in attire are running rampant. And, as Verdi predicted, without a statement from the first lady people are parsing her outfit for any indication of how she feels. What they’ve decided is that the expensive accessory communicates further issues within the first family.
Many are even speculating that the over-sized purse was a deflection tool so that she wouldn’t have to hold hands with her husband.
— Gwen Urdang-Brown (@dragwenfly) June 12, 2017
One Twitter user wrote, “Held hands for 15 seconds, then Melania switched purse to left hand to avoid further hand holding from donnie. True love,” depicting the bag as a tool to deter the couple’s hand-holding.
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