First Lady Melania Trump called a Barbie for wearing heels to disaster zone

THE First Lady is being mocked for wearing stilettos as she visited a disaster zone in Texas, with some even calling her a Barbie.

Melania Trump left the White House alongside President Donald Trump wearing tailored capri pants and an army green bomber jacket. It sounds like an appropriate get up to address the aftermath of super storm Harvey, but the sky-high stiletto pumps she paired with the outfit may have not been the most practical fashion choice.

US First Lady Melania Trump wore heals to a disaster zone. Picture: AFP/Nicholas Kamm

US First Lady Melania Trump wore heals to a disaster zone. Picture: AFP/Nicholas KammSource:AFP

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, who was called a Barbie for wearing heels. Picture: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, who was called a Barbie for wearing heels. Picture: AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinSource:AP

“Melania over here looking like Flood Watch Barbie,” writer Maria Del Russo tweeted.

Television writer-producer Brad Wollack quipped: “Help is on the way, Texas! Don’t worry, Melania has her special storm stilettos.”

Added comedian Jessica Kirson: “Brilliant idea @FLOTUS. You can pick up debris with your heels.”

Others teased she was “pulling up the straps of her stilettos” to lend a helping hand.

Mr Trump’s outfit was more in line with what politicians normally wear to visit weary survivors of deadly natural disasters: a black hooded rain jacket, khaki trousers and brown boots.

Texas is reeling from monster storm Harvey, which has devastated coastal communities and left large parts of Houston — America’s fourth largest city — underwater.

Tens of thousands of people are packed into overcrowded shelters as authorities continue to pluck victims from rooftops.

The first lady changed into something a bit more disaster-appropriate on the flight to the hard-hit coastal city of Corpus Christi — the Trumps’ first stop in Texas.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, who was mocked for her footwear. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, who was mocked for her footwear. Picture: AP Photo/Evan VucciSource:AP

She stepped off Air Force One wearing black trousers and a white button up shirt, trading the stilettos for white tennis shoes.

She also wore a black baseball cap that read “FLOTUS,” or the abbreviation for First Lady of the United States, setting off another round of Melania-bashing on Twitter.

At day’s end, the First Lady issued a statement hailing the “strength and resilience” of Texans.

“I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action,” she said.

The meaning behind Melania Trump’s power-shouldered fuchsia look at the UN

This week has been a busy one at the UN in New York for reasons, obviously, entirely unrelated to fashion. Donald Trump has threatened to obliterate North Korea, Theresa May has had an awkward encounter with Boris Johnson in front of the world’s cameras and Malala has been whiling away the last days before she starts university meeting with world leaders to encourage them to prioritise education, to name but three of the happenings.

Yet, style-wise, the UN has become a strangely important barometer for the current state of power dressing. You only have to look at the carefully calibrated wardrobe which Amal Clooney put together forher appearences there last year (think: unmissably vibrant Bottega Veneta tailoring and Gucci shift dresses) to see that women who love fashion and understand its semantic possibilities pay particular attention to the UN as a platform.

 Last night, Melania Trump gave her first address to a UN luncheon dressed, as one member of The Telegraph fashion team observed, like a ‘Barbie Michelin man’. It could not have been a brighter, more visible, more ‘HELLO! LOOK AT ME’ look unless she had hired a Mr Blobby suit. In fact, her fuchsia coat dress is by Spanish design house Delpozo which is known for its sculptural, bold designs. She even paired the look with her signature deep tan and matching pink Louboutins.

Earlier in the week, the First Lady had taken a wildly different tact when she sat in on her husband’s confrontational address to the UN wearing one of her subtlest public appearence looks to date- a double-breasted grey trouser suit with a black blouse.

So what does this all mean?

Well in the pink, La Trump was visible, feminine and working the uber-shoulders to take up maximum space, an effect which was only enhanced by the fact that the outfit was mostly photographed from the waist up. It was a big moment for her going it alone- a crucial point- as FLOTUS and she was sure to make a confident splash which also underscored her personal, unashamed love of fashion.

Power connotations were undoubtedly still at play with the tailoring but this was a quieter, more businesslike choice which was perhaps selected to allow the President to take centre stage for his speech and, knowing what he was going to say, keep the spotlight firmly on him- wearing bright pink demi-couture as your husband wields threats of nuclear war would have made the heels-in-a-hurricane, er, storm seem minor by comparison.

Melania talked about kindness and anti-bullying in her pink dress speech, which many have pointed out as ironic given her husband’s Twitter tendencies. But if she’s letting her clothes do some of the talking this week, then it’s clear which outfit, and moment, she wanted us to actually remember.