Melania slays in cashmere top and giraffe print skirt to unveil Rose Garden sculpture, Internet says 'leave now'
Melania Trump looked all classic in a black and white ensemble as she headed out to inaugurate a new sculpture at the Rose Garden in the White House on Saturday, November 21. The first lady wore a scoop-neck cashmere sweater by Ralph Lauren and tucked it into a maxi-length giraffe print crepe skirt by Valentino. She also added an $800 Azzedine Alaïa black leather waist belt to the outfit.
Breitbart News reported that Melania’s skirt that retails for around $2,400 had a high waist and an inverted pleat in the back. The former model ditched heeled styles for a flatter option for the special day. Her Roger Vivier flats go for $895, which she had earlier chosen to pair with checkered black and white cropped pants by her friend Rachel Roy and a black turtleneck for her India tour.
The 50-year-old also posted about the event on her official Instagram page, where she wrote: “We unveiled Isamu Noguchi's Floor Frame sculpture in the Rose Garden @WhiteHouse yesterday. The art piece is humble in scale, complements the authority of the Oval Office, & represents the important contributions of Asian American artists.”
The office of the first lady also released a statement announcing the unveiling of the artwork. It read, “First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce the installation of Floor Frame (1962), by Isamu Noguchi (1904-88). The sculpture will be located on the east terrace of the iconic White House Rose Garden. Isamu Noguchi will be the first Asian American artist to be represented in the White House collection. He viewed Floor Frame as the intersection of a tree and the ground, taking on the qualities of both an implied root system and the canopy of a tree. In order to reconnect viewers to the planet, he envisioned the sculpture placed directly on the ground.”
“The sculpture placement on the terrace in the Rose Garden allows visitors to happen upon it, giving it a found quality. While powerful in its own right, Floor Frame is humble in scale, and compliments the authority of the Oval Office. Floor Frame was gifted to the White House by the White House Historical Association in March of 2020,” the statement added.
Noguchi's Floor Frame sculpture is reportedly the first artwork by an Asian American man installed at the White House. The piece looks like the roots of an oak tree. As the pictures of the day were released on social media, several people shared their thoughts. One user wrote in the comment section of the Instagram story, “Beautiful 😍 and the sculpture too!!” Another one said, “Very simply put, thank you, ♥️🦋🇺🇸♥️ the best FLOTUS ever”.
People took to Twitter also to react to the news with one saying: “Don’t care! We want the trumps behind us and never look back after these horrible 4 years! @FLOTUS”. A second user wrote, “We need you to leave now and please do NOT steal the silver there are cameras everywhere.” “I can’t wait for the Rose Garden to go back to what it was before you destroyed its beautiful history,” the third one added.
Don’t care! We want the trumps behind us and never look back after these horrible 4 years! @FLOTUS— mom of two (@19972001tr) November 21, 2020
We need you to leave now and please do NOT steal the silver there are cameras everywhere— Abraham Lincoln (@SurrealALincoln) November 21, 2020
I can’t wait for the Rose Garden to go back to what it was before you destroyed its beautiful history.— 💥𝐹𝓇𝑒𝒹𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝒟𝑜𝓊𝑔𝓁𝒶𝓈𝓈💥 (@AmazingDouglass) November 21, 2020