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Ivanka goes green, outshines Melania at wreath laying

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 20/01/2017 Maria Puente

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When the Trump extended family gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, it was incoming first daughter Ivanka Trump — in striking kelly green — who stood out, even more than her stepmother, incoming first lady Melania Trump. 

During a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Ivanka popped with colour in a green dress with a matching coat featuring super-sized ruffled lapels and a tulip-shaped hem. Ivanka was wearing the outfit when she arrived from New York aboard a military jet with the rest of her family Thursday morning at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. in suburban Maryland.  

As the children, spouses and grandchildren of the president-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence gathered, Melania blended in with the family's mostly black attire, in a Norisol Ferrarimilitary-style knee-length coat and matching fitted dress in black, according to WWD and an email from the Trump transition team. Ferrari's website describes her as an American designer based in New York.

Ivanka Trump, (l), Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Melania Trump (center left) and Tiffany Trump (far right) are among Trump family members at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Jan. 19, 2017. © MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images Ivanka Trump, (l), Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Melania Trump (center left) and Tiffany Trump (far right) are among Trump family members at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Jan. 19, 2017.

The colour green, according to colour psychology, is the colour associated with such things as new life, nature, growth, energy and renewal. It's also the colour of money, finances, banking, ambition, jealousy and Wall Street.  

It was an early sign, if not intended, that Ivanka is going to be more in the spotlight than Melania as Donald Trump's administration gets underway on Friday.

After the inaugural celebrations are over early Saturday morning, Melania is expected to head back to New York and Trump Tower, where she and her 10-year-old son, Trump's youngest child Barron, will remain for at least the first six months until Barron finishes up the school year.

Ivanka and her husband, New York real-estate tycoon Jared Kushner, who is taking a job as a senior counselor to his father-in-law, will settle in to their pricey new home in Washington's pricey Kalorama neighbourhood with their three children, Arabella, 4, Joseph, 2, and Theodore, who turns 1 in March. 

After the wreath-laying the Trumps headed over to the Lincoln Memorial for a two-hour pre-inaugural welcome concert where Toby Keith, Sam Moore, and Lee Greenwood were among the scheduled performers. 

Earlier, Trump and his wife, appeared at a luncheon in a ballroom at his own hotel in Washington, where he met with GOP congressional leaders. At the luncheon, Trump invited Melania to speak; she told the crowd, "Tomorrow we're starting the work," adding that "there's a lot of possibility and a lot to take care of."

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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