Melania Trump's Stylist On the Red, White and Blue Frock He Designed for Her Parisian Outing
Herve Pierre opened up about dressing the First Lady for her visit to his native country.
As the Trumps' Parisian excursion continues, so does Melania's French fashion parade.
Following a boat ride on the Seine on Thursday, the President and First Lady joined French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, for pre-Bastille Day dinner at the Eiffel Tower, where Melania paid homage to both the American and French flags in a calf-length red, white and blue dress made especially for the occasion by her stylist, Herve Pierre.
Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron Wear French Designers for a Pre-Bastille Day Dinner. After taking a tour of Les Invalides and a boat ride down the Seine, First Ladies Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron dined at the Eiffel Tower tonight—and celebrated the occasion in French labels. For Trump, that meant a custom Hervé Pierre #hervepierre frock, while Macron stuck with her tried-and-true formula: a mini-dress from Louis Vuitton. Both ensembles felt directional and new, with little details that stole the show. Trump’s red, white, and blue palette nodded toward both the American and French flags on the eve of Bastille Day, France’s national day of celebration. Also symbolic was a fabric adornment meant to mimic a bouquet of wheat, the symbol of Ceres, goddess of summer. Madame Macron also nodded to plant life via the floral lace on her ’60s-style dress; the metallic threads lifted the look into evening territory. And both women finished off their looks with subdued black stilettos—a timeless option on either side of the Atlantic. @flotus @realdonaldtrump #hervepierre @voguemagazine @people #peoplemagazine #MelaniaTrump #melaniatrumpstyle #president #proud #happyme #jackiekennedy #happywife #ootd #fashion #fashionicon #hautecouture
"I designed the dress for the dinner at the Eiffel Tower," Pierre told The Hollywood Reporter via email. "The dress is made in ivory silk faille and navy blue silk faille with a red silk duchess insert."
The designer, who outfitted the First Lady in a red Christian Dior skirt suit for her arrival in the City of Light, has previously crafted custom looks for Melania, most notably the white ruffled organza gown that she wore at the inaugural ball.
"The bias cut bands in the front of the dress [to] echo a bouquet of wheat," added Pierre of the look. "For me, it's symbol of summer and good luck."
Pierre, a Frenchman who became an American citizen last summer, continued, "It was the favorite 'flower' of Mr. Saint Laurent."
Given his roots, the designer noted that the Trumps' trip to Paris — though brief — was one of his favorite trips to date. "That trip was very important for me," he said, also making note of the political significance of the diplomatic visit. "It was a big deal! And to select the wardrobe with the First Lady was a really nice project."
On the last day of the Trump's stay, which fell on Bastille Day, Pierre outfitted Melania in a floral frock in a fit-and-flare silhouette from Italian fashion house Valentino. "We are a good team," he noted of his relationship with Melania. "I like to help her in her styling and finding the right dresses for the proper occasions... It may help that I am French for that particular reason of etiquette. Louis XIV invented the etiquette and protocol in a way!"
Melania's French counterpart, Brigitte, stuck with her trusty Louis Vuitton minis throughout the duration of the Trumps' visit, wearing patterned black-and-white dress frock to the Eiffel Tower dinner and a modern navy skirt suit on Bastille Day.
The Trumps's trip to Paris is coming to somewhat of a celebratory end this morning—today is France’s national day, also known as Bastille Day. To mark the occasion, both Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron opted to wear shades of blue. For Trump, this meant a fit-and-flare frock by Valentino. The American First Lady has often leaned on an A-line silhouette, most recently wearing a printed Jil Sander version in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit. Today's dress was more delicate in mood, with a flower petal motif. Macron stepped out in a Louis Vuitton look for the festivities, a brand she has relied on for almost every public appearance. The navy blue moto cross-inspired jacket and coordinating mini-sheath were indeed a perfect fit for the chic French First Lady. She accessorized the look with effortless Parisian panache, throwing on a simple pair of stilettos and a Vuitton lady bag. @flotus @realdonaldtrump #melaniatrump #donaldtrump #france #paris #styleblogger #style #ootd #melaniatrumpstyle #vogue #vogueparis @voguemagazine @people #people #peoplemagazine #proud #america @whitehouse #thewhitehouse @maisonvalentino @manoloblahnikhq #manoloblahnik