Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited a Tokyo Hotel

On May 28, 2019, Japanese Naruhito and Empress Masako visited a Tokyo hotel and bid farewell to U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who have been visiting Japan as state guests. It is customary for Japan's emperor and empress to greet state guests on the last day of their stay in the country.
Melania Trump wore Dries van Noten floral print cotton coat. Naruhito and Empress Masako at Tokyo hotel
Melania Trump wore Dries van Noten floral print cotton coat. Naruhito and Empress Masako at Tokyo hotel
Melania Trump wore Dries van Noten floral print cotton coat. Naruhito and Empress Masako at Tokyo hotel
Melania Trump wore Dries van Noten floral print cotton coat. Naruhito and Empress Masako at Tokyo hotel
Melania Trump wore DRIES VAN NOTEN Floral print cotton coat
DRIES VAN NOTEN Floral Print Cotton Coat

22 comments:

  1. I wish Melania´s coat was a bit less bulky, but I like the fresh orange colour. I also totally love Trump´s matching tie. Her shoes however clash; they really needed to match the overwhelmingly orange hue of the jacket, not the tiny patches of yellow in it.
    The Japanese imperial couple looks lovely. I like the crisp white outfit on Masako, I thinks she looks very elegant in it. I hope she´ll explore more colours though.
    -Vanessa

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    1. I find I often agree with you, Vanessa. I will only add that whilst Melania’s choice of coat is fresh and interesting, it is tailored to be worn without a belt (obviously) and she didn’t do herself any favours by plopping the wide one around her waist. She also has relatively large hips, and with the extra bulk fabric gathered there bc of the belt, it makes her look like a rather large person. Orange shoes would have certainly taken the outfit to the next level. Also, I agree with the comment someone else left on an earlier page, Melanie could benefit from a more refined and sophisticated hairdo. I believe though it’s her way (and she is certainly not the only one) of hoping to ‘prolong’ her youthful appearance. Striking the balance isn’t easy, and with the insecurities we all have (it takes a really strong woman to get beyond that, que in -perhaps- Michelle Obama) we all struggle to find that elusive mature but youthful and full of character image.

      As to the empress, I confess I really like her just as she is. I admire immensely a country that doesn’t give up on its cultural and spiritual foundation. How one dresses (imo) should be rooted in that foundation and adapted to today’s drum-beat (so to speak). And she seems to me has found a good spot right now. I would be somewhat disappointed if she would change for the sake of ‘fitting in’ with the Western expectations of some general, social-media driven, image of what a royal should or shouldn’t be. She she be as unique as her role: the one and only empress of Japan.

      Lily

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    2. I agree, the yellow shoes cheapen the look for me. Maybe in person not so bad.

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  2. Nice spring-like color on Melania. While orange shoes would have matched and been safe, good for her to add yellow and take it up a level. Hair looks great, healthy and natural.

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  3. I'd rather she had left out the white belt, the coat seems too large, not a hit in my book. I don't know why Lily mentioned Michelle Obama, Melania is many times more fashionable and elegant than she ever was.

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    1. The point on Michelle wasn’t on who is more fashionable. There isn’t a scale for that. Rather on the level of self-awareness, maturity and inner balance required for one (anyone, for that matter) who is in the public eye so incessantly, to be and look comfortable and true to oneself in her clothes (rather than an image in some ‘public eye’ that assumes it knows everything, including what is stylish and what not). I don’t know how stylish you consider Michelle or not, but she was always wearing the clothes, the clothes were not wearing her. Who she was was more important than what she wore. Proven strongly even after she no longer is the First Lady. You knew what she stood for (regardless if you agreed with her or not) and who she was (more than a wife of a man with arguably more power than anyone else). Can’t say the same about Melania. Not arguing with her style. That is merely the surface. Perhaps the comment was more than the typical ‘fashion blog’ like-dislike conversation requires. Nothing to do with the current sartorial choice specifically.

      Lily

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    2. I think the coat is an odd choice but perhaps im not up on what is high fashion. I think Michelle Obama was very elegant and wore a lot of American designers. Melania was a model before, Michele was a lawyer.


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    3. Ninius there is no comparison to Michelle Obama. Melania has nothing on Michelle. Michelle is much more elegant, in her own way as she is down to earth and relatable to we Americans. Read her book and you'll see how much of a strong female figure she is. She worked hard to be where she is. Melanie was a model so she has a different elegance. STOP demeaning women against women.

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    4. Well said ladies, bravo! 2 different individuals.

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  4. Oh Melania. What's the biggest boldest font, because I would use it to type the word "NO". And how many times do they shake hands?

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  5. This is not an attractive coat, it reminds me of a shower curtain, the belt makes it bulky and accentuates her short torso. I disagree with most and actually love the shoes, they add the unexpected touch, the colors compliment each other and gone are the days of matchy-matchy. Melania Trump often wears fantastic outfits, expensive and well tailored, many of them I would be happy to wear myself, however I can't consider her as an elegant woman, the hair reminds me of an aging model, the makeup is always excessive, even in the mornings, the tan in also too fake, and the entire package is definitely flashy, and posiibly attractive, but never elegant.

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    1. Totally agree and you said it perfectly . Much better than I could have .

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    2. I agree with you about the hair, I wish Melania would try more varied hairstyles, especially on formal occasions like this state visit. But I don´t dislike her trademark-hairstyle, it is fine for most everyday events.
      When it comes to overall elegance though, I think she is in a league of her own. Michelle Obama never was anywhere near that level of elegance. They are very different types of course, and I associate Michelle with trendier, sportier and more relaxed outfits, whereas Melania enbodies timeless elegance and immaculate poise.

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    3. Timeless elegance and immaculate poise ? I think not .

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    4. I agree with Cherry Blossom. Melania has always looked, to me, like a model past her prime.

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  6. All of Melania Trump's wardrobe for this State Visit war really great.The coat is something different,but nice.Empress Masako was always spot on,she looked relaxed and comfortable in her new role. Both ladies are a class act.

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  7. I wish that The President would button his jacket. He never does that.

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  8. The Trumps look fantastic. Based on this and other footage from the Trump's visit, it appears that Melania and Empress Masako got on very well. Melania is soft spoken and elegant, so that probably added a level of comfort for the Empress.

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    1. That is a good point; a similarity in communication style is always a plus.

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  9. This not among the best looks I've seen on Melania; the fit is not great and the color is too strident for my taste. However, even on Mrs. Trump's sartorial off-days she has more elegance than any woman in public life that we've seen in recent years.

    Empress Masako looks lovely as always; I am among those who hope, as time goes on, to see her use a bit more of the soft, pretty colors favored by the Japanese royal ladies, and try varying the style of hats she wears. She certainly doesn't need to follow the vagaries of momentary fashion trends, however -- indeed it would be disappointing if she did.

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    1. Jane, I totally agree with you regarding Melania's look - not her best one. She is so very lovely, and we Americans are quite proud to have her represent our country as FLOTUS. This is a very rare miss, IMHO.

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