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