Melania wears Ralph Lauren, Ivanka dons Oscar, but what was Kellyanne Conway thinking with Gucci?

Melania wears Ralph Lauren, Ivanka dons Oscar, but what was Kellyanne Conway thinking with Gucci?

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For months, the fashion industry has debated who would — and who wouldn't — dress the new First Lady, Melania Trump.

At Friday's inauguration ceremony, it was made clear that the designers will come. Trump, 46, channeled Jacqueline Kennedy in a baby-blue Ralph Lauren dress and jacket, complete with elbow-length leather gloves and heels in the same shade. Her only jewelry was a pair of diamond studs. Ironically, Ralph Lauren is one of Hillary Clinton's favorite go-to designers.

The Jackie comparisons were all over social media; her look was similar to the First Lady's outfit when John F. Kennedy was sworn into office in 1961.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence wore coordinating ties. Trump in electric red and Pence in electric blue. Red symbolizes power — and the Republican party.

Ivanka Trump made a classic style statement in white Oscar de la Renta at her father's inauguration.

The color white — a symbol of freshness and purity — was prevalent, with both Trump sisters, Hillary Clinton and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wearing it.

Outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama wore a simple burgundy A-line dress with a thin belt. Her hair was pulled back. It was a respectful way to step out of the  spotlight.

The only fashion misstep was made by senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who wore a red, white and blue Gucci coat with gold buttons and a red cloche hat.

Social media had a heyday. She described it as "Trump revolutionary wear." Critics in the Twitterverse called it Napoleonic. Others tweeted that she looked like Paddington Bear or a character from "The Nutckacker" ballet.

The coat is from Gucci and sells for $3,600.

On Thursday at a pre-inauguration candlelight dinner, Melania Trump wore a shimmering gold gown designed for her by New York-based Reem Acra. Ivanka Trump wore an elegant white Oscar de la Renta gown accented with a large back bow. Earlier, she had stepped out in an Oscar emerald-green dress and matching coat..

Oscar de la Renta, who died in 2014, was a favorite among former first ladies including Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. In 2014, the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas hosted an Oscar de la Renta retrospective, focusing on the designer's role in shaping the style of the First Ladies, including looks worn by Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan. (Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are now co-creative directors of the fashion house.)