Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau put a few Canadian fashion designers in the international spotlight on her family’s diplomatic trip to meet the Obamas in Washington this week.
Some Canadians called out the PM’s wife for wearing a stunning embroidered blue and gold Oscar de la Renta dress in a Vogue photoshoot with her husband after his election into office, shaming her for not using the opportunity to draw attention to Canadian designers.
Canada’s “First Lady” has used her newfound status as a style icon (she’s drawn favorable comparisons to Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy and even her husband’s mother) to do just that. On her recent trip to Washington Grégoire-Trudeau wore a selection of outfits from Canadian designers with diverse backgrounds and kept things low-key by pairing her looks with affordable Canadian accessories.
Grégoire-Trudeau was turning heads from the moment she stepped off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base, wearing a pantsuit by the Montreal-based Vietnamese-Canadian designer DUY.
Grégoire-Trudeau sported Canadian accessories as she deplaned. The purple “Mini Milck” clutch she carried from Ela Handbags is already sold out, but you can buy Ela’s mini clutches in other colours (prices are in the $300 range). And she strutted off the plane in beige Aldo pumps ($100).
For the White House visit, Grégoire-Trudeau shared some laughs with Michelle Obama in a red and fuchsia dress with an asymmetrical floral pattern by Romanian-born designer Lucian Matis. Grégoire-Trudeau’s dress was featured in the Toronto-based designer’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which Fashion magazine named “Best Collection” at its Spring 2016 Awards.
Grégoire-Trudeau finished the look with Canadian designer Dean Davidson’s “Sceptre Drop Earrings,” featuring sparkly pavé gemstones ($195).
She was also spotted hanging out with the Weeknd while wearing a floral-printed jacket from Canadian designer Ellie Mae’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The Toronto-based designer has created a line of luxurious jackets that fuse striking vintage-inspired patterns and a distinct street-style inspiration.