Today, 9/11, is a day of reflection for Americans — and especially New Yorkers. Early this morning, two former New York residents, who have temporarily relocated to D.C., stepped out to mourn and remember those who lost their lives 17 years ago.
We’re talking, of course, about President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. The duo touched down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning to attend a service in honor of those who died on United Airlines Flight 93. The California-bound plane crashed into a field in the region on the morning of September 11, 2001, after the crew and passengers learned that their flight was hijacked. All those on board were killed.
The First Lady chose a somber navy trench dress with white stitching for the occasion, which she paired with matching heels. According to the Daily Mail, the dress was custom made by her stylist, Hervé Pierre, who has previously designed a number of looks for FLOTUS, including the white gown she wore to the inaugural ball.
Though we would have guessed that the First Lady would reach for an iconic American designer like Ralph Lauren for the occasion — as she did on the Fourth of July — Pierre also feels like a fitting choice. Both the French-born designer and First Lady are immigrants who eventually became American citizens, after all. (A subtle reminder to her husband of her own immigration story couldn't hurt.)
The coat dress is a favorite silhouette of the First Lady, who often pairs the look with a wide belt (the wrap detail on this look was relatively slim compared to past looks) and her matchy-matchy stilettos, more often than not Manolo Blahniks or Christian Louboutins.
FLOTUS also tweeted "#NeverForget" along with a photo of herself in the White House alongside the president.
Not surprisingly, the ways in which the president has behaved thus far on the 17th anniversary of the Twin Tower attacks has been ripe for controversy and criticism.
First, there was the way in which he commemorated the day on his favorite medium (Twitter), writing, “17 years since September 11th!”
Without fail, the president’s words were immediately compared to those of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who was objectively more eloquent with his 280 characters on the social media platform. “We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There's nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are,” Obama wrote.
There was also the issue of Trump’s decorum. Forty-five was photographed disembarking form Air Force One while making a rather jovial-looking gesture — two fists pumping through the air while his lips appeared to be ready to shout … something.
First Lady Melania Trump, in the background of the photo, is more reserved, perhaps aware that anything other than stoicism on a day like 9/11 might be construed as inappropriate.