Melania and Donald Trump Gearing Up for Halloween at the White House

TRICK OR TREAT: Fright might be a common denominator across party lines, but the first couple will be taking a more playful approach to Halloween with a pre-holiday celebration Sunday at the White House.
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was the first to celebrate Halloween at the White House with a luncheon for staffers’ wives in the State Dining Room. Skeleton decorations were strewn from the wall lights, and jack-o-lanterns, dried corn stalks, pumpkins and red apples added to the decor. But this weekend’s White House trick-or-treaters will be making the rounds, thanks to Caroline Kennedy and her late brother, John Jr., who were the first presidential children to celebrate the holiday with other children. The Kennedys also introduced a charitable component to the festivities with President Kennedy talking up UNICEF in 1961, according to the White House Historical Association. Former first daughter Amy Carter celebrated a birthday at the White House with a Halloween-themed party, as did Hillary Clinton decades later on more than one occasion. (Clinton turned 71 today.)
For Halloween with the Trumps, cornstalks will stretch along columns up to the second-floor Truman balcony, and assortment of foliage, decorative pumpkins, gourds and hay bales will add to the fall feel.

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Pratt Gearing up for ‘Coded Couture’ Exhibition

PRATT’S NEW CODE: For many New York-based designers, the February edition of fashion week is pressing, but the Pratt Manhattan Gallery has already set its “Coded_Couture” exhibition. Relying on coding for customized garments and accessories, the show will spotlight 10 designers and feature video projections, objects, drawings, photographs and apps meant to give visitors insight into what the future of fashion may hold. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of C2 Curatorsquared, the exhibition will open Feb. 11 and run through April 30. A dress by Dutch designer Melissa Coleman that uses a speech recognition system to analyze voice stress as an indicator of untruthfulness will be featured. The dress lights up and administers shocks based on the wearer’s responses, in order to “train” the wearer to be more truthful. There will also be a skirt that displays live Twitter feeds or changes color based on real-time audience input, by British design team CuteCircuit’s Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the piece using a specially created hashtag. The gallery is at 144 West 14th Street.
During the September runway shows, Zac Posen was among the first New York designers to play up

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