Fashion has been a medium of influencing people since time immemorial. For celebrities especially, it is a part of a personality they want to exude to society. Keeping that in mind, repeating an outfit would have been considered a disastrous faux pas. But the concept of responsible fashion has changed all that. It is considered both socially and environmentally conscious to flaunt an outfit on more than one high-profile occasion.
The latest to buy into that notion and extend a hand towards sustainability is Ivanka Trump, daughter, and advisor to U.S President Donald Trump, who, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, her father and her stepmother Melania, was in India over the last week.
Ivanka, who is also an advisor to the government in the White House, attracted all eyes as soon as she landed in Ahmedabad, for the two-day trip to India with her family, looking stunning in a baby blue Proenza Schouler midi dress with bold red florals. The much-awaited visit of the U.S President along with his wife and daughter had been on the news way before they landed in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport, Ahmedabad on Monday.
Fashion monitors too have been keeping a close check on the ladies’ outfits while they go about their itinerary. First Lady Trump landed in India wearing a sombre white jumpsuit with a green and gold banarasi sash cinched to her waist. For the second ensemble the next day, she opted for a floral Caroline Herrera shirt dress during the day and a bubble-gum pink gown by the same designer for the dinner banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
While the First Lady of the US, Melania Trump stuck to American designers for her outfits, the First Daughter of America, Ivanka Trump, wore varying shades of Indian attire during the course of their short visit. From wearing a classic white sherwani by Indian designer Anita Dongre at the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi to an off white Anarkali suit with red and gold floral embroidery by Rohit Bal at the dinner banquet held by President Ramnath Kovind, Ivanka looked radiant.
What struck most about the entrepreneur was that she has been spotted in the same powder blue, floral midi dress on her trip to Argentina in 2019 as well. This gesture of the 38-year-old celebrity has been much applauded by fashion enthusiasts and environmentalists alike.
With subtle accessorizing changes between the two events, Ivanka donned the georgette dress with a V-neck tie hanging detail, perfectly both the times. In Argentina, Ivanka paired the dress with a pair of baby blue pumps. In India however, attending the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at Motera Stadium and during her visit to the Taj Mahal, she completed the look with a pair of red pumps and statement earrings.
However, Ivanka Trump is not the only celebrity to have been seen repeating their clothes these days. Over the years many celebrities have been promoting the idea of repeating clothes. Recently, Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix also talked about sustainable fashion as a pressing need in all his speeches at award shows this year. The actor also wore his Golden Globe custom Stella McCartney tux for the entire award season to make it a point to save resources.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, as well as Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Middleton have been seen repeating their clothes for the same reason. Notable, fashion-fuelled Bollywood actresses like Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and many others too have repeatedly made public appearances wearing the same outfit.
With the world fighting to save water and finding sustainable life choices, celebrities are trying to do their part by making such subtle but powerful gestures. Reports say it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water to make a cotton shirt. This alarming amount is now being realized and influencers are trying to break the stereotype of not repeating clothes not only for the fear of a fashion faux pa but also to take a step towards a more important matter at hand – sustainability.