Marriage, ‘Donald’ Style

If there is anything MORE tasteless, disgusting, obnoxious, and at this point in time — BORING — than reading about, and hearing about Donald Trump and Melania Knauss’s upcoming nuptials, I’d like to know what it is. Yesterday’s New York Post promised a ‘First photo- a sneak peak’ at Melania’s dress, which featured a double page spread of the Mario Testino photo that is running in the February issue of Vogue (which hits newsstands this week- timed perfectly I might add, to coincide with the wedding that takes place this coming Saturday in Palm Beach). And yikes that dress! I don’t care how much it cost, how many hours seamstresses labored over it, how much yardage went into it, and who designed it…it’s positively hideous! They couldn’t think of enough ‘tshotchkes’ to put on that thing. What happened to the notion that ‘less is more’?

But of course, this is Donald Trump, the ‘taste challenged’, larger than life, mega maniacal multibillionaire, whose entire life seems to be publicized and choreographed, to the ‘nth’ degree.

The aforementioned issue of Vogue, which features Melania on the cover wearing her Dior creation (the first time by the way, a bride has graced the magazine’s cover) boasts a garganutuan 14 page inside spread, “How to Marry a Billionaire”, penned by Sally Singer and shot entirely by Testino. It was styled by Andre Leon Talley, who accompanied Melania to last season’s couture shows in Paris and arranged for fittings with a select group of designers.

Boy, it really seems Vogue magazine sold out. I don’t doubt Anna Wintour’s affection for The Donald, (which she goes on record with in her editor’s letter) and Melania (a professional model) is certainly beautiful, statuesque, and photogenic, but my gosh, you would think this event was the biggest thing to happen in our lifetime!

And if you haven’t seen enough of the blushing bride and groom to be, inside the magazine, there happens to be a double page color ad for ‘Donald Trump The Fragrance’, featuring the happy couple in all their splendid glory.

I don’t know Donald or Melania, I have no reason to dislike them, and I wish them well and hope for their sake that this marriage lasts a lifetime. But let’s get real, given Donald’s marital track record (this will be wife #3), his oversized ego, etc., just how long do YOU suppose this marriage will actually last? My best guess is- not as long as all the hype that led up to the wedding.

– Marilyn Kirschner

The 8th Annual Rising Star Awards

Zac Posen to Deliver Keynote Address

Thursday, January 27, 2005 The Fashion Group International presents the Eighth Annual Rising Star Awards recognizing emerging talent in women’s and men’s apparel, beauty, fragrance, accessories, jewelry, interior design and retail. At this year’s ceremony, eight individuals — who were selected from a highly accomplished and competitive group of finalists — will have their awards presented to them by a leader in the field and take home top honors in their respective category. Each nominee was nominated and voted upon by FGI members and a special industry panel. Winners will be announced for the first time at the ceremony. One of fashion’s most successful young talents, Zac Posen, will deliver the keynote address.


David Chu for men’s ready to wear

Steven Lagos for fine jewelry

Jane Larkworthy for beauty/ fragrance (corporate)

Krisitn Perrotta for beauty/ fragrance (entrepreneur)

Patrick Robinson for women’s ready to wear

Glen Senk for retail

Doug Wilson for home/interior design

Sandra Wilson for accessories

DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2005

TIME: 11:15 a.m. Reception

12:00 noon – 2:00 Luncheon & Award Ceremony

LOCATION: New York Hilton

Trianon Ballroom

1335 Avenue of the Americas

TICKETS: Call (212) 302-5511

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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