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Tiffany Trump effect pays off for Shanghai designer

Tiffany Trump only returned to college matter of weeks ago in order to start her law school studies, yet she still found the time to take a night off from the books and attend New York Fashion Week. 

The 23-year-old sat front row at two shows on Saturday, kicking off her day of sartorial fun at the show for Shanghai-based label Taoray Wang, before moving on to some late-night entertainment in the form of Philipp Plein’s show-turned-music concert. 

The first daughter’s day of fashion fun comes just months after her last visit to NYFW ended in controversy when it was reported that her front row presence at Philipp’s show caused some fashion editors to move seats so as to avoid sitting next to her. 

Style star: Tiffany Trump attended two shows at New York Fashion Week on Saturday, starting off at Taoray Wang

VIP: The 23-year-old sat front row at the show, to which she wore a black strapless Taoray Wang dress with a white ribbon belt at the waist

VIP: The 23-year-old sat front row at the show, to which she wore a black strapless Taoray Wang dress with a white ribbon belt at the waist

VIP: The 23-year-old sat front row at the show, to which she wore a black strapless Taoray Wang dress with a white ribbon belt at the waist

Fashion favorite: Tiffany added a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to her ensemble, and wore her blonde hair down in a straight style around her shoulders 

Fashion favorite: Tiffany added a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to her ensemble, and wore her blonde hair down in a straight style around her shoulders 

An evening on the town: The fashion show must have been a fun break for Tiffany, who has just started studying at Georgetown Law School 

An evening on the town: The fashion show must have been a fun break for Tiffany, who has just started studying at Georgetown Law School 

Friends: Tiffany attended the show alongside her friends, controversial socialite Peter Brandt Jr. (left) and designer Andrew Warren (right)

Friends: Tiffany attended the show alongside her friends, controversial socialite Peter Brandt Jr. (left) and designer Andrew Warren (right)

That rather dramatic turn of events certainly didn’t stop Tiffany’s favorite designers from inviting her to attend their shows this season; indeed, this is the second season in a row that the first daughter has had a front row seat both at Taoray Wang and Philipp Plein’s events.   

Looking resplendent in a Taoray Wang black strapless frock and white sash, which actually featured on the runway, Tiffany smiled sweetly for the cameras as she took her seat next to her close friends, controversial socialite Peter Brandt Jr. and designer Andrew Warren.

Tiffany is arguably the label’s most famous US-based customer, as it seeks to make increasing inroads into the US market and has been a firm supporter of the label for a while now; she even wore a Taoray Wang outfit to her father’s inauguration in January.

In fact – far from wanting to distance herself from the Trump administration, as some other brands have done – the label’s Chinese designer Wang Tao actually joked about wishing her New York store had opened last season, so positive was the impact of Tiffany’s front row attendance at her fall/winter collection last February.

Missing something? While her friends kept their mirrored sunglasses on throughout the show, Tiffany opted to go without the accessory 

Missing something? While her friends kept their mirrored sunglasses on throughout the show, Tiffany opted to go without the accessory 

Fascinated: Throughout the show Tiffany made sure to get the best view of each of the looks

Fascinated: Throughout the show Tiffany made sure to get the best view of each of the looks

Fascinated: Throughout the show Tiffany made sure to get the best view of each of the looks

Spotted something you like? Tiffany looked thrilled to be attending the show

Spotted something you like? Tiffany looked thrilled to be attending the show

Pals: The first daughter has long supported the Chinese brand's designer Wang Tao and often attends her fashion week shows 

Pals: The first daughter has long supported the Chinese brand’s designer Wang Tao and often attends her fashion week shows 

‘I think that really attracted lots of attention for the brand,’ Wang told AFP. ‘In a very good way.

‘I like the woman who’s independent, confident and not afraid to speak for [herself],’ added Wang, who designs for the powerful, professional and modern woman – leaders in government, business, finance and law.

‘Tiffany is one of my customers too.’

On the third day of fashion week, Wang fused East and West, sending down the runway a spring/summer 2018 collection that stayed true to her DNA of sharp, wearable suiting, but given a Baroque flare.

Inspired by a concert of music by 17th century composers Handel and Purcell at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, performed by a ‘very fashionable’ group of young Chinese musicians, Wang added Baroque flourishes to her trademark modern, minimalist, clean lines.

Twinning! The same black strapless asymmetrical dress that Tiffany wore also featured in the runway show (left)

Twinning! The same black strapless asymmetrical dress that Tiffany wore also featured in the runway show (left)

Twinning! The same black strapless asymmetrical Taoray Wang dress that Tiffany wore also featured in the runway show (left)

Details: Wang added stiff silk ruffle-style belts - think Baroque ruffle at the neck reimagined as a belt - and ruffle-style pleats on the shoulder

Details: Wang added stiff silk ruffle-style belts - think Baroque ruffle at the neck reimagined as a belt - and ruffle-style pleats on the shoulder

Details: Wang added stiff silk ruffle-style belts – think Baroque ruffle at the neck reimagined as a belt – and ruffle-style pleats on the shoulder

She added stiff silk ruffle-style belts – think Baroque ruffle at the neck reimagined as a belt – and ruffle-style pleats on the shoulder.

‘Normally I wouldn’t really be brave enough to try all this decoration but I’m quite happy with it,’ she said.

Following the Taoray Wang show, Tiffany wasted no time in moving onto another of her NYFW favorites, Philipp Plein, ensuring – of course – that she had time for a quick outfit change in between. 

Having put on a rather demure display at Wang’s catwalk event, Tiffany opted for something slightly more edgy and daring for her second show of the day, wearing a black Philipp Plein dress, with dazzling black and silver heels, and putting her long blonde hair up in an intricate up-do. 

The design featured several cut-outs on the arms, as well as some sheer panels on the front near the hemline, and Tiffany accessorized the rather daring ensemble with a choker necklace, earrings and a simple black clutch. 

Up next! Later in the day, Tiffany moved on to the Philipp Plein show, another one of her New York Fashion Week favorites 

Up next! Later in the day, Tiffany moved on to the Philipp Plein show, another one of her New York Fashion Week favorites 

Friends in fashion: She was again accompanied by her designer pal Andrew, although Peter seemed to have skipped this show

Friends in fashion: She was again accompanied by her designer pal Andrew, although Peter seemed to have skipped this show

Dressed: Tiffany wore a black dress by the show's designer that featured several fun cut-outs at the arms, and also had Philipp's name printed along the hem

Dressed: Tiffany wore a black dress by the show's designer that featured several fun cut-outs at the arms, and also had Philipp's name printed along the hem

Dressed: Tiffany wore a black dress by the show’s designer that featured several fun cut-outs at the arms, and also had Philipp’s name printed along the hem

Another show, another outfit! She also added a different pair of shoes, this time opting for some dazzling heels, and put her hair into an up-do

Another show, another outfit! She also added a different pair of shoes, this time opting for some dazzling heels, and put her hair into an up-do

Spotted! Fashion editor Rachel Tashjian tweeted this image of Tiffany enjoying a performance by Future at the show, which took place at Hammerstein Ballroom

Spotted! Fashion editor Rachel Tashjian tweeted this image of Tiffany enjoying a performance by Future at the show, which took place at Hammerstein Ballroom

And just like Taoray Wang’s designer, it seems Philipp Plein has no reservations about openly supporting Tiffany as an ambassador of his brand, offering her a design that bore his name in glitter across the front. 

Tiffany’s glamorous ensemble was fitting given the concept of the show – which was more of a musical gig-turned-party than a simple catwalk event. 

Guests at the fashion week show were treated to musical performances from rapper future and Nicki Minaj, as well as an energetic runway appearance from Kanye West muse Teyana Taylor who close the show with aplomb, writhing down the runway in a leotard, and even flashing a nipple pasty in the process.  

Both Tiffany and Philipp will no doubt be pleased that her appearance at this season’s show seems to have been much less dramatic than February’s event, when it was reported that several fashion editors moved seats in order to avoid sitting next to the first daughter. 

At the time, several writers claimed that Tiffany’s appearance wreaked havoc on the seating assignments because no fashion editors wanted to sit next to her. 

Alyssa Vingan Klein, the editor-and-chief of Fashionista.com, wrote on Twitter that seating was a mess because Tiffany was essentially being shunned. 

‘Seating s***show at Philipp Plein because no editors want to sit near Tiffany Trump. SHOCKER,’ she wrote. 

‘Tiffany Trump had a front row seat as well, which led several editors to request to be moved and, in a couple of cases, leave altogether,’ Alyssa added in her write-up of the show. 

Nikki Ogunnaike, a senior fashion editor at Elle.com, responded to Alyssa’s tweet by revealing that she and her colleagues had moved seats. 

‘We moved and are down the hall. Come thru,’ she wrote. 

‘Phillip Plein at 10PM: 1 hour late start, editors fleeing just so they don’t have to sit behind Tiffany Trump,’ Nikki tweeted a few minutes later. 

Pictures from the show see Tiffany sandwiched between her friend Andrew and another blonde attendee, but former Wall Street Journal fashion columnist Christina Binkley shared photos of the empty seat next to her earlier in the night

‘Nobody wants to sit next to Tiffany Trump at Philipp Plein, so they moved and the seats by her are empty,’ she wrote. 

Christina took a photo of the available seats next to Tiffany, adding: ‘Empty seats next to Tiffany Trump.’  

However a source who witnessed the incident insisted that the empty seats next to Tiffany were actually reserved for the fashion label’s CEO’s family – and were only made empty when editors who had accidentally sat in them were asked to move.

‘The seats next to Tiffany had been reserved for the CEO’s family but were occupied by several fashion editors,’ the source explained.

‘The picture was taken in between the editors getting up to move and the family sitting down.’

It was later reported that Tiffany had also spent much of the evening avoiding fellow guest Madonna, after the singer made several harsh comments about her father’s presidency. 

The New York Post claimed at the time that Tiffany was very concerned about avoiding Madonna who recently said she ‘thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House’ during her speech against the president at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

The iconic singer ended up arriving over an hour late to the show, and she was seated across the room from Tiffany. 

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