Melania Trump helps design her own inaugural gown

On Friday night, all eyes were on Melania Trump, and which designer the new first lady would choose for her inaugural gown.

The answer? The vanilla crepe gown off-the-shoulder gown with a red silk ribbon at the waist was a collaboration “between herself and Hervé Pierre, former creative director of Carolina Herrera,” according to the first lady’s office.

With her hair styled loose over her shoulders, Melania Trump took center stage with the president for their first dance, as the two swayed to a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

“You can’t stress how important it is to wear an American designer,” Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women, said on CNN. “It looks absolutely amazing on her,” said CNN anchor Erin Burnett, noting white is a tough color to pull off.

Mid-song, the Trumps broke tradition, and their extended family joined the First Couple, dancing behind them. With the men in tuxes, the Trump women dressed in soft colors.

Ivanka Trump, who has attracted as much sartorial interest as her stepmother, wore a glittering, nude, long-sleeved Herrera gown, too.

“They’re bringing New York glamour to Washington,” said CNN’s Kate Betts. “Much in the same way that Nancy Reagan brought Hollywood glamour to Washington.”

First lady fashion has long made headlines – just look at the sartorial legacies of Jackie Kennedy (who Melania evoked at Donald Trump’s Friday afternoon swearing-in ceremony, dressed in sky blue Ralph Lauren), Reagan, who favored James Galanos,…