Label or Libel? First Ladies Lighten Up!

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First ladies, please skip Camelot and don’t go for Lady Earn-a-lot. Here is a public service announcement: leave the dollars behind and assume a place of personal power based on a sincere vision for helping others.   With power comes great responsibility, so what will you do with that power? (Hint: philanthropy, not a Shoe line or an A line!)

Ivanka, are you America first, or Ivanka first?  Your skill, savvy and style are not in question here—but your privilege and new position ask you to evolve. The Fashion TSA are checking your papers: "Will you stop wearing and advertising your own clothes?"

Melania, are you aligning with American designers and America First agenda as you get your footing? We can’t tell, but you could be. What is your message? Please let it not be your own Shoe Line.  The Fashion TSA are checking your papers too: "Um, excuse me ma'am, is that dollar going to you or the people?"

Your personal twitter feed asks for love and compassion-- give us some compassionate fashion, or Philanthro-Fashion! Take the lead, but not the profit. The bounty will pour in.  Then you can work in the currency you have named: love.

Ms. Mannerisms Q&A- ask your questions here

Question: What do I shop, American designers or Fashion Diversity?!?
Answer: This is a good time to question the brands you buy.  Who do your dollars support?  Do your designers help or hurt? Shopping has always been a political act.  But in the meantime don't forget that this season pink is in vogue, or more specifically, in WSJ--as fashion is so political now.  Pink is "peaceful, feminine and powerful", according to WSJ Off Duty, "Making Peace with Pink".  Ladies can be tough AND pink. See 10 Pink Links at the end for ideas.  Also check the links on philanthro-fashion at the end.

Any questions? Send them to us at @style_ology on Twitter for the next issue.

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The First Lady has gotten the pink memo, and chooses couture.

Melania wore a pink Dior gown to the Red Cross Gala, along with emerald and diamond earrings and ring and matching hot pink patent-leather pumps at the Red Cross Gala. (WWD. Photo: AP Images)

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New Years Eve went to the Italians.  Who can resist Italian style? Melania Trump arrives at a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in a black Dolce & Gabbana dress.  Click here to view dress, 7th photo down.

Inauguration again went to "Fashion Diplomacy".  Hey, the French gave us the Statue of Liberty.  And now the statuesque First Lady.Melania Trump in her Inauguration gown which she designed in collaboration with Hervé Pierre. Click here to view dress, 6th photo down.

Melania Trump wearing a strong red couture, Givenchy, and Christian Louboutin pointed-toe flats as she and Donald Trump arrive at Palm Beach International Airport.  Click here to view dress, 3rd photo down.

And a casual look in West Palm Beach, Fla. for a Super Bowl LI party. Fashion TSA: "Um, excuse me ma'am, that is a slightly too sheer Blue Sweater, with your Christian Laboutin pumps". Click here to view outfit, 1st and 2nd photo.

In Vanity Fair, "Fashion Diplomacy"article, photo of Reem Acra gown worn to a dinner at Washington's Union Station. Acra was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Now New York based. Fashion TSA:  "Ma'am, that's the ticket". Click here to view photo.

First Official Political Outing. The First Lady wearing American, a Michael Kors ensemble, with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie. Click here to view photo.

Melania again America First, wearing white cashmere Calvin Klein dress. Again, slightly sheer.  Fashion TSA note to Publicist:  "Screen First Ladies outfits for transulcency under flash.  This is a matter of National Transparency!" First Ladies Melania Trump and Akie Abe tour the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens on Saturday. Click here to view photo.

And now a look at the First Daughter/Wife.  In this administration, we get two style icons instead of one. 

Ivanka fashion.  The Telegraph does a nice comparison of self-dressed v. designer dressed.

Ivanka has been photographed in her own brand for years, like this ultra feminine floral dress she wore to the Paramour show by Cirque du Soleil opening night. Click here to view dress.

Over the years she has also been photographed in mixtures of couture and her own brand.  In this photo, the designer is American Ralph Lauren. Met Gala Ball custom Ralph Lauren, Ivanka Trump jewelry, pieces from de Grisogono, Ivanka Trump clutch and gold platform shoes. Click here to view outfit.

This Met Ball ensemble goes to the Nepalese.  A custom design from Nepalese-American Prabal Gurung with clean modern lines and a train, Cindy Chau earrings, Ivanka Trump bag and heels. This would be the perfect example of the Fashion for Diversity platform, minus the Trump products.  Click here to view the photo.

Ivanka stands behind her brand.  She wore her own pale peach sheath dress, affordable at $158, to the fourth and final night of the Republican Convention.  The dress promptly sold out.  This is a tough moment for Ivanka.  Her life path and her office are colliding.  We will expect some intelligent solutions from this woman. Click here to view photo.

And the inauguration goes to the Venezuelans, and Venezuelan-American Carolina Herrera.  Ivanka at the Inaugural Ball with husband Jared Kushner.  Click here to view photo.

First Political Outing

Ivanka’s meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister. A professional color block sheath dress by Ivanka Trump worn with a big smile.  Fashion TSA: "Excuse me ma'am, is that dress one of your designs?  I thought we had a little talk about that".  Click here to view dress.

This is one of her mix it all in looks.  She wears her own label's shoes and purse as she walks with husband, now Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, to join President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Marine One in Washington.  Still no solutions on the style conflict.  Fashion TSA:  "Ma'am, I'm going to have to ask you to step over here and remove your shoes..." Click here to view outfit.

And although not a Trump family member, on the Fashion TSA radar is designer Pamella Roland, or Pamella De Vos, who is sister-in-law to Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos.  She too does not intend to walk away from dressing Betsy or other White House Staff, see NY Times article, although the conflicts abound.  Is this a trend?  New word for the dictionary:  Fepotism.  Fashion nepotism in the era of Trump. Thank goodness for the Fashion TSA.

A look from the Pamella Roland Fall-Winter 2017 fashion collection at New York Fashion Week. Pamellaroland.com. Look 27.

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Here are TEN PINK LINKS! (Okay, Eleven)

Click on each item to view:
$- less expensive

Steve Madden Blush Edit Velvet Booties  Because velvet and pink

Pineapple Clothing Pink Bodycon ¾ Sleeve Printed Square Neck Midi Dress eye catching evening

Ke-ying-yi Casual A-line Color-block Sleeveless Crew Neck Midi Dress  I love pink and black

She’s Frill Sleeve Chiffon Floral-print Casual Midi-Dress  feminine and powerful flowers

Jungle Me Multicolor sleeveless color-block statement mini dress original and fun color block,  your pink can have other colors too

Androgyny Cardinal Red Chambray Workshirt (It looks pink to me)

$$$- more expensive

St. John Pink Three-Quarter Sleeve Wool Sweater  Pink and great price

Oscar de la Renta Floral-print stretch-cotton dress  carefree and comfortable

Luisa Beccaria Velvet Pleated Skirt  Because velvet and pink

Tadashi Shoji Women’s Neoprene with Sequin Detail Dress  Because pink baby, with some tribal/lace patterns going on!

Alexis Nola Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit Pink Pants-er

And don't forget you can shop your cause too....

Tom's shoes, the one-for-one company, gives a pair to someone in need each time your buy a pair.

Warby Parker also gives a pair of glasses to someone in need with each purchase.

Some of your favorite retailers donate to nonprofits:  Macy's, Gap, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Reebok, Nike and others

Here are 10 Fashion Companies giving back to animals in Marie Claire

Here are 10 Fashionable Philanthropists from Harpers Bazaar (Toms and Warby Parker both made this list)

Emma Watson launches sustainable line of clothing, Eco-Age.  Stella McCartney uses no animal products.  WWD article here.

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