Election 2016: Inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

With the countdown to election day (Nov. 8) at just 6 days away, we take a look inside Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.

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Exterior of Trump’s bedroom suite. Photos of the interior and exterior of Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Island home “Mar-A-Lago.” This is the first time The Palm Beach Post has been given photo access to Mar-A-Lago since Trump took over. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Mar-a-Lago was originally built by Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. When Post died, Mar-a-Lago was willed to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.

The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million.

Mar-a-Lago now serves as an exclusive club with a $100,000 initiation fee and part-time residence for Trump.

The old ballroom inside Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
The old ballroom inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

More on Mar-a-Lago:

A peek inside Donald Trump’s historic Palm Beach palace

Photo gallery: Inside Mar-a-Lago

 

 

When Michelle Obama comes through just in time for WCW

As First Lady Michelle Obama in her custom Versace gown sits at #7 on what’s trending on google, Instagram users are posting collages of her from last night’s final State Dinner from every angle. She’s basically got folks thinking, does she ever disappoint?

 

The answer is No.

There’s something about the way Michelle Obama carries herself that makes every skirt the right length, every neckline flattering and every color appropriate for the occasion. Last night was no different.

She rocked a custom-made, rose-gold Atelier Versace gown that would make anyone look twice.

At past state dinners, she complimented President Obama’s go-to black tuxedo and bow-tie with dark teals, purples and shades of ivory with a little sequin or sparkle here and there. But never something as dramatic as a draped gown made completely of chain-mail, a material of tiny interlinked metal rings.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It was daring and unforgettable.

Can we just coin the phrase ‘Presidential Glam’ as a look in honor of all the times our current First Lady walked into a room with her hair laid and outfit slayed? We don’t think she’d mind.

 

Women in white: Photos of 10 famous women in iconic white clothes

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Hillary Clinton during the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

By Jan Tuckwood

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump wore white at the political conventions — borrowing a page from Jackie Kennedy’s style book.

Here are 10 famous women in iconic white clothes:

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural gala gown: The first lady called this gown her favorite of all time. Made of opulent Swiss double satin, “there was almost a monastic cleanliness to it,” designer Oleg Cassini wrote in his book, “A Thousand Days of Magic.” “We talked about history and the message her clothes would send — simple, youthful but with a magisterial elegance.” Cassini added: “Simplicity is the key to perfection.

Related story: Did Hillary and Melania borrow Jackie Kennedy’s style

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Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech dress: The former model chose this $2,190 dress by Roksanda Ilincic, a Serbian-born designer based in London, from net-a-porter.com. Notable for its sleeves and the zip up the back, the dress was figure-flattering but not overtly sexy. She chose a similar dress — an ivory Fendi with hand-embroidered mink and crystal detailing, also from net-a-porter — for a later convention appearance. Style expert Steven Stolman says Melania “understands the importance of telegenics and the message of consistency in dress.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention acceptance-speech pantsuit: The history-making Hillary chose a white pantsuit to deliver the most important speech of her political life. “Hillary Clinton absolutely sent a message with her choice of color, something she has done consistently throughout her career,” says style expert Steven Stolman. “It was a conscious, cerebral choice that exclaimed, ‘I come before you in good faith as a reflection of your hopes and dreams.’ Purity? Probably not. But clarity? Certainly.”

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Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress from “The Seven-Year Itch:” Considered the most famous movie dress of all time, this halter style by William Travilla — he called it “that silly little dress” — sold for $4.6 million in a 2011 auction. Travilla dressed Monroe in nearly a dozen movies. She wrote to him: “Billy Dear, please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn.”

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Sharon Stone’s “Basic Instinct” dress: The short white sheath Stone’s character, Catherine Tramell, wears in the interrogation scene famously revealed her most feminine parts. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick designed it, saying: “Catherine was deliberately the icy blonde, similar to a Hitchcockian character.”

 

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Michelle Obama’s 2009 inaugural gala gown: The first lady’s stunning white chiffon ball gown was designed by Jason Wu, a young designer who has remained one of her favorites. She wore a navy dress by Wu to a Canadian state dinner last spring.

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Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia toga: White is Princess Leia’s go-to color, and she wears many white costumes in the “Star Wars” films. Why? White symbolizes goodness and light. Fisher said she had to tape down her breasts to wear the toga-like costume because lingerie would show. She joked: “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”

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Grace Kelly’s white sheath in “To Catch a Thief:” Designer Oleg Cassini was engaged to Kelly before she married Prince Rainier. He designed many outfits for her — including her dress with white collar for the “Rear Window” premiere — but this sheath was done by the film’s costume designer Edith Head. In creating “the Grace Kelly look,” Cassini said: “I put her in subdued, elegant dresses that set off her patrician good looks. I told her that her beauty should be set off like a great diamond, in very simple settings. The focus was always to be on her.”

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Fay Wray’s torn slip in “King Kong:” If you’re going to be carried by Kong, you must wear a tattered white slip ensemble. The 1933 film scandalously revealed that Wray was braless, so censors forced a re-release. Wray herself chose her character’s blonde wig from the costume department. (Jean Harlow had turned the role down.)

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Lupita Nyong’o’s 2015 Oscars gown by Calvin Klein: This dress has a story as dramatic as a movie plot. When Lupito wowed on the red carpet in the pearl dress, reports claimed it was worth between $150,000 and $10 million. It got stolen from her hotel, and the thief took two pearls to LA’s Garment District, where they were declared fake. So, he returned the dress. A Calvin Klein source reportedly told TMZ: “Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? …Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?”

RNC 2016: Ivanka Trump “terrified” to introduce her father tonight

Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night. (Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night.
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Ivanka Trump Kushner says she’s “terrified” of her role at tonight’s Republican National Convention when she formally introduces her father as the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate.

Speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, Trump’s oldest daughter said, “I’ve never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it’s a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it’s a testament to him as a parent.”

Ivanka, 34, daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, also said, “I’m really comfortable with my speech because it comes from my heart.”

She also commented on the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s speech that contained plagiarized phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.  A Trump speechwriter has come forward to take the blame.

“I love Melania so much and I am so proud of the job that she did,” Ivanka said. “She’s a very private person and for her to come out on that stage and speak from the heart and share her story about coming to this country.

“This is such a personal experience for her and she shared it in such a graceful and articulate way, so I am enormously impressed with her ability to do that and have great respect for it.”

During the campaign, Ivanka has often been the Trump family spokesperson since Melania prefers to remain in the background with her son, Baron.

Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)
Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)

 

 

Related: Ivanka Trump: Not the Trump You’re Expecting

Related: Palm Beach Post coverage of the convention in Cleveland and of Donald Trump’s candidacy

RNC 2016: Melania Trump to speak at convention tonight

Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)
Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)

Melania Trump will try to repair her husband’s basement-dwelling ratings with women tonight while also talking about her own immigrant experience, say RNC organizers.

As tonight’s convention headliner, Melania will likely try to bolster her husband’s claims that women love him despite polls that show Hillary Clinton has the lead among women voters 52 to 37 percent.

As she has in the past, Melania is likely to emphasize that when she immigrated from Slovakia in 1996 to future her modeling career, she played by the rules before becoming an American citizen in 2006.

Read  What You Don’t Know About Potential First Lady Melania Trump

See photos of Melania Trump during her Mar-a-Lago years in Palm Beach

Read more stories about Donald Trump

 

Donald Trump: A real look at the potential First lady, Melania Trump

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks after his victory in the South Carolina primary, at the Spartanburg Marriott in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday. (Olivier Douliery/TNS)

Now that billionaire businessman Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination for president, according to the Associated Press, we take another look at the potential First lady: Melania Trump:

What you don’t know about Melania Trump

Melania Trump breaks her broadcast silence with TV interviews

Magazines question Melania Trump’s qualifications as First lady

Photos: Melania Trump through the years

Related: What you don’t know about Donald Trump’s sons

Inside the life of Donald Trump: A look at Mar-A-Lago, Melania and Ivanka

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Donald and Melania Trump pose for a photo in front of their favorite spot at Mar a Lago. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post 2011)

An inside look at the life of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

Donald Trump and his opulent Mar-A-Lago estate

Melania Trump: What you don’t know about the potential First Lady

Why daughter Ivanka is the Trump you’re not expecting

Trump’s former butler reveals what he thinks of Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump: Celebrities with Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach

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Model Kelly Hyler grabs Donald Trump after he tossed her in the swimming pool at a party at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach. Hyler wanted to put him in the pool, but his bodyguards intervened, January 30, 1993. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Through the years, many celebrities have appeared at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach palace, Mar-A-Lago, for parties and charity benefits.

Sometimes, they even pose for a picture with The Donald. Photographers for The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News have been there to snap the action over the years.

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Lionel Richie and Donald Trump.
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Alumns from NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago, second from left, are Will Champlin, Sisaundra Lewis and Matthew Schuler. (Photo by CAPEHART)

Here are more photos of Donald Trump through the years:

Donald Trump in Palm Beach

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