On a day when Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from 7 Muslim countries sparked outcry on social media and protests at airports from coast to coast, the president’s daughter had something else on her mind: her date outfit.
Just after midnight on Sunday morning, Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself on her Instagram and Twitter accounts dressed in a silver metallic gown, with her husband Jared Kushner dressed in a tuxedo by her side. The couple is standing in front of a mirrored wall, which shows Kushner’s hand resting on Trump’s posterior.
The photograph generated swift reaction on social media, with some comments highlighting the inappropriateness of the post in the midst of the humanitarian chaos that ensued Saturday in the U.S., after dozens of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other banned countries were detained at airports, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers rushed to offer aid, and protesters clogged terminals and streets in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco.
Ivanka has faced criticism on several fronts in recent weeks, most notably when her namesake fashion label promoted a $10,000 bracelet she wore during a 60 Minutes interview the Trump family gave after Election Night.
In early January, to comply with ethic guidelines, she officially stepped away from her brand. But she has continued to play the role of a fashion plate in her new home in Washington, D.C., documenting on her social media channels her outfits in a style similar to a fashion magazine.
At the inauguration, Ivanka received attention for wearing designers Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. And interest in an Aspinal of London bag she carried to the National Prayer Service spiked, suggesting she may have the power to move fashion merchandise in her new role in the Washington spotlight adjacent to, for now, the Trump administration.
No word yet on who designed the metallic silver gown she wore Saturday night.