While their husbands discuss world affairs and politics this week, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron are doing all the talking with their outfits — and both seem to be putting forward a spotless, pristine image.
Melania, 47, and Brigitte, 65, both wore all-white on Tuesday morning to stand alongside their husbands at the State Arrival Ceremony at the White House, before heading off together to visit the National Gallery of Art.
The women looked perfectly coordinated in matching white suits, Brigitte’s a more classic Chanel-style boucle dress and jacket and Melania’s more modern $2,195 skirt suit by Michael Kors.
Matching first ladies: Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump matched in their all-white ensembles on Tuesday morning
Pomp and circumstance: The two women accompanied their husbands to an arrival ceremony at the White House
Differences: White Brigitte, 65, looked prim in a boucle dress and matching jacket, Melania, 47, went the more modern route in a Michael Kors suit with an asymmetrical jacket
Shield: Melania also donned a dramatic white hat with a wide brim
On point: The two stood somewhat stiffly side-by-side at the event
Clasping: Both couples held hands at points of the ceremony
The foursome barely cracked smiles as they posed for photos in front of the press at the White House, though each first lady was impeccably dressed.
Brigitte donned a white above-the-knee dress with black accents at the pockets, as well as a white suit jacket with black piping and chain detailing. She accessorized with black pumps.
Meanwhile, Melania came dressed in white too, picking a knee-length white pencil skirt and matching jacket, which was cinched at the west with a large belt, and featured a raised hemline at the back, which helped to show off her slim figure to full effect.
Interestingly, Melania chose not to opt for a French designer, instead paying tribute to a homegrown fashion designer, Michael Kors, the man behind her chic skirt suit.
She topped the look off with gray pumps and a bold, wide-brimmed white hat, also by Michael Kors — which made for some quite tricky moments later during the event, when her husband leaned in for a kiss and found the brim to get in the way.
Twins: Melania and Brigitte made for a chic matching set
The girls: The ladies stood by their husbands but also walked off together
Grim: The foursome barely cracked smiles while posing for pictures
Game: Melania let a half smile slip while holding hands with her husband
She added a pair of gray pointy-toe heels to her pencil skirt and belted jacket
Cues: Each found their spot to stand of the opening of the ceremony
Daytime: Melania wore a dark smoky eye for the occasion
No gray about it: The two couples made a bold black-and-white picture
Muah! On stage, President Macron kissed his wife’s hand lovingly
Gentleman: He also offered Melania a kiss on the hand as Trump pulled a face nearby
In place: The women stood carefully on their assigned spots as their husbands addressed the crowds
Macron managed to figure out the cheek-kiss with Melania’s though, and also offered both Melania and his wife kisses on the hand while on stage.
Later, the crew looked a tad happier as they waved to the crow from a balcony above.
A clean monochrome look seemed to be the unofficial uniform of the morning, with even Ivanka Trump sticking to the simple palette.
Sitting in the audience, the first daughter could be seen in a calf-length navy dress with white piping and a droopy pussy bow at the neck, as well as matching white earrings.
According to the White House, nearly 500 members of the military from five branches were on the South Lawn for a ‘Review of the Troops’ when the Macrons arrived.
Second stop: The two first ladies also visited the National Gallery of Art
VIP: Part of the museum opened late so they could have it to themselves
Paintings: They visited a new exhibition of Cézanne’s work
Guides: Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings, and Franklin Kelly, Senior Curator of American and British Painting National Gallery of Art, escorted them
Art lovers: The women appeared to enjoy themselves during the museum stop
The Cézanne exhibit opened last month, perfect timing for the visit
On the walls: Sixty of Cézanne’s works are on display
Guests invited to attend the ceremony included Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, military families, and students from the Maya Angelou French Immersion School in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The warm welcome comes after the US President and first lady visited France last July. The couple attended the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, toured Napoleon’s tomb, and enjoyed dinner in the Eiffel Tower.
After the ceremony, the women parted ways with their husband to take a guided tour of the National Gallery of Art.
They were escorted personally by Mary Morton, who has been curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art since 2009, as well as Franklin Kelly, the Senior Curator of American and British Painting National Gallery of Art.
The women smiled and talked as they admired paintings in the museum, part of which opened an hour and a half late to the public so the first ladies could enjoy it.
Happy as can be: The pair seemed to be enjoying each other’s company as they toured the National Gallery
Getting close: Melania and Brigitte took in the beautiful surroundings as they strolled around the artistic building
Surprise! Both women appeared a bit taken aback as the cameras continued to flash
Expert opinion: The National Gallery’s Franklin Kelly (right) continued to serve as their guide throughout the tour
Information: The gallery curator appeared to be sharing plenty of detail about the space with both of the women
They were there specifically to see the new exhibition of Cézanne’s portraits at the museum. The exhibition opened last month and has 60 of Cézanne’s works.
On Monday evening, Brigitte and Melania put on yet another stylish display before heading to a private dinner at Mount Vernon.
Melania gave a nod to some of the biggest designers from her guest’s home nation, wearing a $2,790 Givenchy tuxedo cape, Christian Louboutin heels, and a Christian Dior purse. She paired them with a dress by Italian designer Dolce & Gabbana.
Brigitte stuck with her favorite design house, donning a custom Louis Vuitton ensemble featuring a pale yellow coat worn over a matching dress. Like Melania, she sported black patent leather stilettos.
Brigitte and her husband, French President Emmanuel Macron, received a warm greeting outside the West Wing of the White House on Monday kicking off the first state visit since President Donald Trump took office.
Although Melania and Brigitte wore dramatically different outfits, their looks were actually quite complementary.
Awkward: Earlier on at the White House ceremony, Trump tried to get in a kiss of his own with his wife but had trouble maneuvering around Melania’s hat
Got this: Macron appears to have more experience kissing women in hats and had an easier time not getting bopped by the brim
Bonjour! The crew looked much happier — or, at least three of them did — while waving from a balcony
Hey there! They smiled as they greeted those who came out to watch
Waves: Three of the four gave toothy smiles for those assembled
Day out: Melania seemed to be quite enjoying herself
Quickie: The couple welcomed President Macron and his wife, who will be in DC for three days for a state visit
Straight: They stood solemnly outside during the large military welcome
Got the memo: It seems that Ivanka Trump also dressed up for the occasion, wearing a navy nautical-inspired number
Navy and white: She was seen in the audience wearing a navy dress with a droopy white bow and matching white earrings
Fashion show: The first daughter is pictured leaving her home on Tuesday morning
Brigitte’s yellow coat featured a black ribbon tie and black buttons that matched Melania’s all-black ensemble, which was cinched with a Ralph Lauren belt.
While the French first lady carried a Louis Vuitton cylinder-shaped evening bag with a top handle, the U.S. first lady opted for a sleek black Dior crocodile-skin clutch.
The Macrons traveled to Washington, D.C. with a sapling European Sessile Oak that is approximately 4.5 feet tall and between 5-10 years old. The tree comes from Belleau Woods, an historic landmark tied to the United States’ entry into World War I.
Over 9,000 American marines died in the Belleau Wood battle in June 1918, and the forest has become a memorial site that symbolizes the sacrifices the U.S. made to ensure peace in Europe.
Together, the two couples planted the tree on the South Lawn of the White House before departing on Marine One for a tour of historic monuments in Washington.
Fashionistas: Melania and Brigitte Macron put on a stylish display at the White House on Monday evening
In step: Melani wore a $2,790 Givenchy tuxedo cape over a Dolce & Gabbana dress
Night and day: Brigitte’s cheerful dress featured black buttons and a black ribbon belt that complemented Melania’s all-black look
Center of attention: Brigitte and Macron held hands as they stood between Trump and his wife
Possibly taking a cue from the Macrons, who were photographed holding hands upon their arrival, the Trump also had their hands clasped together while walking across the lawn.
The Macrons traveled to the United States to be guests at the Trumps’ first state dinner of the administration.
For her arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Monday, France’s first lady picked a double-breasted pink cashmere coat by Louis Vuitton, which she paired with cigarette pants.
Brigitte wore her spring-inspired coat over a classic white button-down shirt featuring a mock-neck collar.
Her voluminous blonde hair was worn loose around her shoulders, and she held a structured $3,700 Louis Vuitton bag in her right hand. She topped off her chic ensemble with a pair of classic black patent leather pumps.
Rubbing off on them? Possibly taking a cue from the Macrons, the Trumps also had their hands clasped together while walking across the lawn
Gift: The Macrons traveled to Washington, D.C. with a European Sessile Oak, which the couples planted on the South Lawn
Symbolic: The tree comes from Belleau Woods, an historic landmark tied to the United States’ entry into World War I
Dinner time: The two presidents chatted while they made their way to the house
Great minds: Melania and Brigitte both went to fix their hair at the same time
French style: Brigitte donned a double-breasted pink coat by Louis Vuitton for her trip to Washington, D.C. on Monday
Close as can be: Brigitte and her husband held hands while posing for photos together upon their arrival
Support system: Macron helped his wife keep her balance by holding her hand as they walked down the steps of the aircraft
Macron held his wife’s hand as they walked off Cotam 001, the French Air Force One, and they continued to hold hands while they posed for pictures.
The French couple’s public display of affection serves as a juxtaposition to Melania and Trump’s awkward history with hand holding.
The first lady famously swatted her husband’s hand away when he reached for hers upon their arrival in Israel last May.
In February, social media users were convinced that Melania refused her husband’s hand yet again ahead of a trip to Ohio amid allegations that he had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
When disembarking Air Force One, Melania tends to hold on the railing as the president walks alongside her.
Brigitte, however, relied completely on her husband to help her keep her balance when they arrived in the U.S. on Monday.