When Ivanka Trump went to India, she made a few fashion choices that an Indian news outlet criticized as a “superficial assimilation” of the culture. Her dresses included a $3,500 Erdem Geneva floral print gown and a $3,498 blue and gold Tory Burch with similar patterns.
The Daily O criticized the Burch dress as “the ‘me-too’ of a Kashmiri pheran for the prime minister’s banquet at the Taj Falaknuma Palace.”
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When she spoke in Hyderabad, a city known for pearl trading, Ivanka wore a black and pearl embroidered Tory Burch “Sylvia” jacket, which the Daily O said, “referenced India with the embroidery, but in reality looked like a cheap brand ripping off designer Rahul Mishra.”
She also wore a printed Saloni Lodha red and black dress complete with frilly sleeves. “In her defense, Ivanka’s outfit changes have been kept in character with her previous wardrobe choices,” the report acknowledged before adding, “Being totally tone-deaf to the nuances of public appearance (to be fair, she only has her father as her role model).”
They also pointed out her style choices in Japan:
‘While she had the choice of picking the most amazing designers, she selected a cherry blossom print, kimono-inspired dress made by the Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz.’
Taking it one step further, they said Ivanka “represents the American Dream of being a botoxed Barbie.”
Bandana Tewari, editor-at-large of Vogue India, also criticized Ivanka, but for not being authentic enough. ‘We would rather see her wear a hand-woven sari made in our country or a handmade gown made in her own country,’ said Tewari.
But to hybridize the two, in an era of unfiltered diversity, is a superfluous nod to half-acceptance.”
Botox Barbie hasn’t addressed the comments yet.