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Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau wears Canadian designers on her Washington visit

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. 

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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.

Sophie Trudeau
Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Sophie Trudeau
Image: Adam Scotti/PMO

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).

Sophie Trudeau White house bag and shoe combo
Image: Ela Handbags, Aldo

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.

Sophie Trudeau
Image: Getty Images/Pool

She accessorized her dress with hot pink “Amelia” heels by Canadian designer Zvelle ($285) with pink-on-pink colour blocking and a bright “Warwick” clutch by Aldo ($50) with scalloped detailing.

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Aldo and Zvelle accessories
Image: Aldo handbags, Zvelle

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.

So, what can we glean from the style choices of Canada’s new fashion icon? Grégoire-Trudeau isn’t afraid to wear bold, contrasting colours and big, lush floral patterns, but she keeps her look classy by going for structured jackets and sleek lines. And her choice of accessories — all under $400 — likely represent a conscious attempt to convey a very clear message to Canadians that she’s a woman of the people.

What do you think about Grégoire-Trudeau’s fashion choices in Washington? Is she a Canadian style icon? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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