Wednesday 20 September 2017

Five things we learnt about Brigitte Macron's style from her French Elle interview

Brigitte Macron (C), wife of French President, smiles ahead of the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Brigitte Macron (C), wife of French President, smiles ahead of the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Brigitte Macron. Photo: Reuters
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Brigitte Macron on the cover of the August issue of French Elle.
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Caroline Leaper

Brigitte Macron is French Elle’s new cover star, appearing in jeans and one of her signature tailored power jackets.

In the accompanying 10-page feature, Madame Macron opens up about everything from her relationship with her husband to her views on the controversy surrounding their 25 year age gap, but also reveals a lot about her much-talked-about sense of style.

The Telegraph spoke to French Elle's fashion director, Brune de Margerie, who styled Brigitte for the shoot at the Palais de l'Elysée just a few weeks ago, to get the inside fashion story...

Her casual-chic look is a mainstay

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Well-heeled: Brigitte Macron and Rihanna at the Élysée Palace in Paris
 

Photographed at the Élysée Palace, 64 year-old Macron wears a cream tailored jacket by Dior with a white T-shirt and jeans by Saint Laurent on the cover of the magazine. The look echoes that which she wore to meet Rihanna last month and is perhaps a go-to for occasions when she doesn’t want to come across as a 'stuffy politician'.

"We did want to do a 'fashion statement', but wanted something timeless and modern," said de Margerie. "And we loved the idea of mixing jeans, jacket and a T-shirt, which is very French. It's classic and chic."

She has something to say about miniskirt-gate

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Breaking the rules: Brigitte Trogneux flaunts her great legs in a mini
 

Macron has forever been a fan of shorter hemlines even before she became a public figure, but has come under fire from critics who have suggested that she is ‘too old’ to wear them. “I wear above-the-knee, not minis!” she tells Elle, putting the record straight. “Although I loved to wear minis when I was younger, we would hide them in our bags when we went out…. and we’d slip bloomers on underneath to dance to rock ‘n’ roll. We went from very short to very long — that was until my grandmother spotted me in one and exclaimed, “My goodness, you look like a frumpy old granny.’ Never again!””

She considers Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquière to be friends

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Brigitte Macron, wife of French President, leaves the Hotel San Domenico for an official visit in Catania on the sidelines of the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily
 

Macron has championed Parisian labels since entering the public eye but in her Elle interview, she reveals that she counts designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquière as not just acquaintances but friends, too.  

"Her only request was to wear Louis Vuitton because she is close to Nicolas Ghesquière," de Margerie reveals. "And Elle proposed to her Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaia."  

She lists her favourite designers

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Brigitte Trogneux arrives to attend the handover ceremony between her husband, French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, and outgoing President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
 

And they are, perhaps unsurprisingly, all French. “Why not, if it does some good for the French fashion industry,” she responds when asked if it bothers her that people continuously comment on her clothes. “I’m really into fashion, and there’s this fascination the world over around this idea of the French woman.” Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Alexandre Vauthier and Azzedine Alaïa are all namechecked, and in the photoshoot, she wears a tailored red jacket by the latter.

Good style is important to her

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Singer Bono of Irish band U2 and co-founder of ONE organization and Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, speak at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
 

“I have always put a lot of effort into the way I present myself, just ask my children or students!” Macron says in the interview. “I would never leave the house before choosing an outfit and doing my hair — the results may vary, but I cannot do otherwise.”

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Brigitte Macron on the cover of the August issue of French Elle.

Telegraph.co.uk

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