Me­la­nia’s jacket leads to huge up­roar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

WASH­ING­TON: Me­la­nia Trump went to Texas to show she cared about mi­grant chil­dren. Her fash­ion choice car­ried a baf­fling counter-mes­sage.

The first lady wore a green, hooded mil­i­tary jacket from the fast-fash­ion brand Zara that read “I re­ally don’t care, do u?” both as she de­parted and re­turned to Wash­ing­ton. The words were printed in white, in graf­fiti-style, on the jacket’s back.

When asked what mes­sage the first lady in­tended to send, spokes­woman Stephanie Gr­isham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hid­den mes­sage. Af­ter today’s im­por­tant visit to Texas, I hope the me­dia isn’t go­ing to choose to fo­cus on her wardrobe. ” Gr­isham un­der­scored that mes­sage in a tweet with the hash­tags #Shecares and #It­sjustajacket.

But Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of­fered his own in­ter­pre­ta­tion, tweet­ing that it “refers to the Fake News Me­dia. Me­la­nia has learned how dis­hon­est they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

Mrs Trump changed into a pale yel­low jacket be­fore the plane landed in Mcallen, Texas, for a visit to the Up­bring New Hope Chil­dren’s Cen­ter, which houses 55 mi­grant chil­dren. But even af­ter ques­tions arose about her at­tire, Mrs. Trump was back in the green jacket when she re­turned to Wash­ing­ton in 80-de­gree weather. She has shown that she won’t bow to public pres­sure or ex­pec­ta­tions about how she should com­port her­self as first lady.

Like it or not, Mrs Trump’s jacket, which re­port­edly re­tailed at $39, had her trend­ing on Twit­ter. One out­raged user bor­rowed an im­age of the back of the jacket to pro­mote groups work­ing on be­half of im­mi­grant chil­dren.

Zara, a Spain-based com­pany with a large pres­ence in the United States and around the world, had no com­ment. The jacket be­longs to the Zara’s spring-sum­mer 2016 sea­son and is no longer for sale by the com­pany, though a few of the jack­ets popped up on­line for re­sale at a mod­er­ate profit for sell­ers.

The youth­ful jacket sharply con­trasts with the first lady’s typ­i­cally bold, for­eign-flavoured and higher-priced wardrobe. She had worn Dolce & Gab­bana , Del Pozo, Chris­tian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino. AP

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