Melania Trump arrived in Paris, France, on July 13 with her husband and was squired around the city by the French First Lady, Brigitte Macron.
Melania drew admiration for her choice of a red Dior suit for the Paris visit, which coincides with Bastille Day, a major French holiday celebrating the turning point in the French Revolution. According to USA Today, “Her tailored jacket and A-line skirt resemble Christian Dior’s famous ‘New Look,’ a revolutionary style that the late designer and founder of the fashion house invented after WWII. Trump’s cinched-waist jacket is a modern take on the Bar Jacket, one of the famous pieces from the 1947 collection that launched the look.”
According to WWD, the Trumps were only scheduled to be in France for 36 hours.
Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron were photographed on a boat ride down the River Seine and at the Notre Dame cathedral. WWD reports that Melania’s stylist, Hervé Pierre, who also designed her inaugural gown, helped choose the red suit. Dior, a French-born designer, told WWD, “Dior is attached to France forever. It is a name that is part of the vocabulary.”
Vogue Magazine noted that Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump opted for different takes on French fashion. “The ensemble, which Trump wore for a tour of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Tomb at Les Invalides, paid homage to the country’s storied fashion legacy, though it’s worth noting that the bold hue has strong historical associations with American style,” reported Vogue.
Brigitte Macron “has a penchant for Louis Vuitton minidresses and today she stepped out in a one that was far from traditional,” Vogue reported.
President Trump, who met with French President Emmanuel Macron, has already caused controversy in Paris. At one point, Trump turned to Brigitte Macron and told her: “You’re in such good shape.”
President Trump also addressed serious issued in Paris, discussing his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer and declining to repeat his previous criticisms of the city.
However, the Paris trip brought to mind John F. Kennedy’s famous quip, “I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.”
The president’s visit comes after two other foreign trips, most recently to the G20 summit in Hamburg.
The President and First Lady showed affection, kissing on the tarmac as they landed in Paris.