Liz Jones’s ver­dict: It’s all gone a bit Brit­ney

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

IT WAS the War of the Wives. And I’m afraid Amer­ica won by an empty head.

At the Elysée Palace in Paris yes­ter­day, as part of Don­ald Trump’s visit to France to com­mem­o­rate the Ar­mistice, the First Ladies went into bat­tle.

Not of the bulge – dear me no. Nei­ther has eaten carbs since 1985.

Me­la­nia Trump, 48, chose a black wool belted coat dress by Ital­ian lux­ury la­bel Bot­tega Veneta (£4,000 – but se­ri­ously, if you shop at Bot­tega you have no need to look at price tags), and sky-high black Louboutin snake­skin cut­away stilet­tos (£550). The ef­fect is sober, re­spect­ful, and very chic in­deed.

Brigitte Macron, 65, on the other hand, chose royal blue (off with her head?), dec­o­rated with ran­dom brass but­tons, by Louis Vuit­ton (£1,590).

It’s the French la­bel du jour, of course, de­signed by bad boy Ni­co­las Gh­esquière, but all I can say is thank the Lord Brigitte es­chewed his cur­rent pen­chant for over-the knee boots and train­ers, opt­ing for match­ing court shoes.

But it’s still all a bit too Brit­ney Spears in her ‘Toxic’ pe­riod. The skirt is way too short and boxy, mean­ing the out­fit comes across as rem­i­nis­cent of the Six­ties, which is prob­a­bly when she was in her prime.

I’m lov­ing, too, Me­la­nia’s soft Au­drey Hep­burn bee­hive, so much more ap­pro­pri­ate than Brigitte’s Heather Lock­lear homage…

FASH­ION RI­VALS: Me­la­nia Trump and Brigitte Macron on the steps of Elysée Palace yes­ter­day

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