Saturday 19 August 2017

Why French first lady Brigitte Macron wore powder blue to her husband's inauguration - just like Melania Trump

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Trogneux arrives at the Elysee Palace to attend the handover ceremony between Emmanuel Macron and outgoing President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Trogneux arrives at the Elysee Palace to attend the handover ceremony between Emmanuel Macron and outgoing President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool
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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux enter the Elysee Palace during Macron's inauguration ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Brigitte Trogneux, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, reacts at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) waves as he stands next to his wife Brigitte Trogneux at the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron walks to take the hand of his wife Brigitte Trogneux (R) at the Elysee Palace before his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Trogneux arrives at the Elysee Palace to attend the handover ceremony between Emmanuel Macron and outgoing President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) stands next to his wife Brigitte Trogneux at the Elysee Palace before his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) stands next to his wife Brigitte Trogneux at the Elysee Palace before his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
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
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
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace as former President Francois Hollande (not pictured) leaves after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Mauritshuis in The Hague to visit an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux wave to French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) as he leaves after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As is usually the case with fashion, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to power dressing in politics.

While French president Emmanuel Macron was sworn in on Sunday, all eyes were on his wife Brigitte. The 64-year-old opted for a powder blue, military style coat and midi skirt by Louis Vuitton for the inauguration, strikingly similar to the one worn by US First Lady Melania Trump back in January, which has naturally drawn comparisons between the two in the style stakes.

It's a shade often favoured by powerful women, notably Jackie O, who championed the colour while her husband JFK was in office in the 1960s and Kate Middleton drew comparisons with the late style icon during her first solo trip abroad in The Netherlands in October.

So, is there some grand conspiracy among influential women to own this particular colour as we prepare to hear the phrase, 'At inaugurations, we wear powder blue?'

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
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

Of course not, but there is some significance to this particular shade.

Image consultant Sylvie di Giusto told Yahoo Style, "It’s associated with intelligence, trust and security, and the lighter the blue shade becomes, the more sympathetic, personal, warm and communicative it is perceived."

While designers around the world might be clamouring to fill the wardrobes of Macron and Trump (okay, maybe not Melania so much), fashion editor and founder of Glam4Good Mary Alice Stephenson said there aren't as many options as you might think for an event like inauguration day.

"You wear red and it’s too bright and ‘look at me’; it steals all the attention away from the man beside you. You wear white, it’s a little too holier-than-thou and wedding day. Black — too dark, too down, too sad. Navy blue, same kind of thing. Yellow, not so good on blondes."

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107 following swearing-in ceremonies on Capitol Hill earlier today.
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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107 following swearing-in ceremonies on Capitol Hill earlier today. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Evan VucciEVAN VUCCI/AFP/Getty Images

It's been an interesting 12 months of fashion analysis spurred on by the US election as style experts began dissecting the subtle political statements women might be making with their wardrobe choices, in particular with Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton and first daughter Ivanka Trump.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Mauritshuis in The Hague to visit an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Mauritshuis in The Hague to visit an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.

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