Thursday 13 December 2018

French first lady Brigitte Macron knows exactly how to command the room with her penchant for understated elegance

French President's wife Brigitte Macron (2L) stands next to her husband French President Emmanuel Macron (R) as they together with Belgium's royal couple welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
French President's wife Brigitte Macron (2L) stands next to her husband French President Emmanuel Macron (R) as they together with Belgium's royal couple welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
Belgium's Queen Mathilde (L) and French President's wife Brigitte Macron welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by Geert VANDEN WIJNGAAERT / POOL / AFP)
Prince Lorenz, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, President of France Emmanuel Macron, King Philip of Belgium, Prince Laurent and First Lady of France Brigitte pose for the official photo prior to the State Banquet on the first day of the French State Visit to Belgium in the Royal Castle on November 19, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert-Pool/Getty Images)
French first lady Brigitte Macron (L) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (R) speak together during a welcoming ceremony at the start of French president state visit to Belgium, on November 19, 2018 at Brussels' royal palace. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Belgian King Philippe and Belgian Queen Mathilde take part in a gala dinner at Laeken Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool via REUTERS
From left, Belgian Queen Mathilde, French President Emmanuel Macron, Belgian King Philippe and French first lady Brigitte Macron pose for photographers during a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. French President Macron and the first lady are on a two day state visit to Belgium. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)
King Philippe of Belgium (C) poses with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) for photographers as they arrive for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
Brigitte Macron and Belgian King Philippe take part in a gala dinner at Laeken Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool via REUTERS
French first lady Brigitte Macron (L) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (R) speak together during a welcoming ceremony at the start of French president state visit to Belgium, on November 19, 2018 at Brussels' royal palace. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
Belgium's royal couple Philippe of Belgium (2R) and Mathilde of Belgium (L), French President Emmanuel Macron (2L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) pose for photographers during a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
Belgium's Queen Mathilde (L) and French President's wife Brigitte Macron welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by Geert VANDEN WIJNGAAERT / POOL / AFP)
Belgium royal couple Philippe of Belgium (2ndR) and Mathilde of Belgium (L) pose next to French president Emmanuel Macron (2ndL) and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) during a welcoming ceremony at the start of Macron's state visit to Belgium, on November 19, 2018 at Brussels' royal palace. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgian Queen Mathilde talks with Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President, as she arrives at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wait for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (not seen) at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

French first lady Brigitte Macron has mastered the art of subtle influence in a diplomatic role and it revolves around the importance of the right dress.

At 65, Brigitte has the life experience and the je ne sais quoi that only the French seem to possess that informs her wardrobe choices which are often subtle, elegant and yet still remain a talking point.

She prefers Louis Vuitton, the luxury fashion house, for nearly all of her public appearances, proving that she is not only past the experimental fashion phase and truly knows best what works with her body, but also values supporting a French designer both at home and abroad. Brigitte and husband, French president Emmanuel Macron are currently in Belgium for a state visit and the mother-of-three put on a typically delicate display of-three at a state dinner with Belgium's monarchs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

The round neck, long sleeve black dress was adorned with simple silver sequin trim and her jewels were a pair of diamond drop earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet, with her hair neatly styled in a chic chignon bun.

Belgium's Queen Mathilde (L) and French President's wife Brigitte Macron welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by Geert VANDEN WIJNGAAERT / POOL / AFP)
Belgium's Queen Mathilde (L) and French President's wife Brigitte Macron welcome guests for a state dinner at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium on November 19, 2018, during a two-day state visit of the French President. (Photo by Geert VANDEN WIJNGAAERT / POOL / AFP)

Earlier in the day, she opted for a tweed dress and matching coat with velvet collar, a pair of metallic heels and two-tone City Steamer bag by Vuitton, and donning a bare leg - her signature daytime style - despite the incoming cold weather. 

“Why not, if it does some good for the French fashion industry,” she told Elle 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.”

Belgian Queen Mathilde talks with Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President, as she arrives at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgian Queen Mathilde talks with Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President, as she arrives at Brussels' Royal Palace, on the first day of an official state visit, in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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