Melania Trump flawless in off-the-shoulder gown at string of inauguration balls – but daddy's girl Ivanka steals the show

By Kirstin Buick
21 January 2017

"We did it," President Donald Trump told the crowded ballroom at the Washington Centre, at one of the three glittering galas he attended with his family on Friday night.

At the Liberty Ball at the Washington Centre, he had his first dance to Frank Sinatra's My Way with now First Lady Melania.

Trump donned a classic tux for the big event, his infamous hair, as always, perfectly coiffed.

His 46-year-old former supermodel wife who was elegance itself in a one-of-a-kind gown she created with French designer Hervé Pierre, MailOnline reports.

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But soon after Trump's adult children joined the first couple on the dance floor -- and suddenly all eyes were on his eldest daughter Ivanka.

In a shimmering princess-style Carolina Herrera gown, the 35-year-old literally sparkled as danced with her husband Jared Kushner.

Trump’s second child with his first wife, Ivana, is an executive vice-president of her father’s empire, The Trump Organization, and – like most of the women in her dad’s life – has worked as a model.

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The mother of three has been described as the “shining star of the Trump family ensemble” and her profile is set to grow as her father takes over the Oval Office.

She was widely regarded as one of the most important people in her father’s campaign, exuding warmth and appealing to voters to the left of her father’s traditional supporters.

Ivanka, one commentator says, will be Trump’s “real first lady”.

Ivanka's younger half-sister Tiffany (23) donned a  strapless, sparkling gown by Beverly Hills-based designer Simin Taghdiri of Simin Couture.

Unlike her sister and stepmother, Tiffany's dress was not designed specifically for the big event.

"For Tiffany, it was a very last minute," Taghdiri told The Hollywood Reporter of how her look came together. "Last week I got an email that Tiffany and her mom needed a dress, so I took the dresses which I already had in stock — because we didn’t have enough time to make them from scratch — and I went to New York where I spent two days altering dresses."

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Trump's second-in-command, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen also had some time in the spotlight on what must have been an exhausting night for the families.

Like the president, Mike opted for a simple tuxedo, while his wife was bold in a cobalt blue, designed by dressmakers at a small shop called Something Wonderful in the Pences' home state of Indiana, WTHR reports.

They were also responsible for Karen's gown on Thursday night, according to NY Daily News, which received widespread criticism for looking like a "repurposed wedding dress".

The various ensembles were certainly not the only talking points of the big night. In his first few hours as POTUS, Donald Trump didn't fail to disappoint critics.

In a short speech before his dance, the business tycoon taunted them.

"Today we had a great day. People that weren't so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today.

"They hated to do it, but they did it and I respect that. I respect that but I have to say the crowd was unbelievable today.

"I looked at the rain which just never came. You know, we finished the speech, went inside for lunch, it poured, then we came outside."

"Amazingly, it was like God was looking down on us. I will tell you."

At the Liberty Ball, he gave us a taste of things to come.

In his second speech, President Trump said gleefully: "Now the fun begins."

Sources: MailOnline, Time.comThe Hollywood ReporterWTHRNY Daily News

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