The Ivanka Factor

Featured in the New York Times, Ivanka Trump made a bold statement in Vera Wang. She's wearing sleeves and they look gorgeous! Not at all frumpy, but instead fresh and oh so romantic. 


The Ivanka Factor
By Cathy Horyn

  “I was driving around Hoboken at nine-thirty on Sunday night,” said Vera Wang, when I called to ask about Ivanka Trump’s wedding dress. No, Ms. Wang did not miss the wedding on Sunday, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., but apparently she and her husband, Arthur Becker, missed a turn on their way back to Manhattan.

I thought Ms. Trump looked sensational in her lace dress. It was the sleeves. We’re so used to seeing brides in strapless dresses that Ms. Trump’s gown made a fresh statement. Maybe she’ll have an influence on brides. Ms. Trump liked Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, made by Helen Rose, the MGM costume designer. I wondered what in particular impressed her about that iconic dress. According to Ms. Wang, it was the lace and the royal factor.

“It’s modest and tasteful,” she said, noting that groom, Jared Kushner, is orthodox and that the Ms. Trump recently converted. “She was actually very much about being covered and I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn’t naked and very Hollywood.”

The dress consists of three layers of different kinds of lace, including Lyon and Chantilly. The bottom layer was embroidered and each layer was pieced together by hand to create a different pattern in the lace. “You could see the layers underneath when she moved,” said Ms. Wang, who had about a month to make the gown. Instead of going for the usual bridal chignon, Ms. Trump wore her hair loose and slightly curled. “There was a bit of ‘Mad Men’ in it,” Ms. Wang said.

Did she think Ms. Trump might start a trend with her sleeves? “She might very,” Ms. Wang said. “Nothing would make me happier. I’ve been doing strapless dresses for 15 years. It’s tiring.”