Weirdest Factoid of Debate: Melania's Blouse
Trump campaign swears Mrs. Trump's 'pussy-bow' shirt wasn't intentional troll
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2016 8:19 AM CDT
Take a pussy-bow, Melania—you lit up the Internet.   (Net-A-Porter)

(Newser) – Melania Trump, master troller? While what Donald Trump's wife was wearing during the "ugliest debate in American history" at first glance didn't seem newsworthy, it's now creating buzz based on name alone, the Hill reports. There was no "wardrobe malfunction," but Melania's bright fuchsia $1,100 Gucci silk crepe de chine shirt set Twitter aflutter because the style is one of the fashion house's "signature silhouettes" known as the pussy-bow—which immediately brings to mind Trump's recently revealed "hot mic" tape from 2005.

CBS News notes that the style—also known as the pussycat bow—was popular in the mid-1900s and a favorite of Margaret Thatcher. Quartz reports that this "sartorial reverberation" of Donald Trump's 2005 comments—which Melania called "unacceptable and offensive"—wasn't any kind of jab or joke on her part, per CBS journalist Sopan Deb, who tweeted, "Campaign spokeswoman says this was not intentional." But the Internet is a cynical bunch, with the Cut's Stella Bugbee wistfully noting, "I really want to believe the Pussy Bow was an artful act of silent rebellion," while George Takei is simply incredulous: "You can't make this stuff up." (Here's who won and lost the debate.)