There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstars, but First Lady Melania Trump shined in the glamorous Chanel gown she wore to greet President Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, as they arrived for the first state dinner of her husband’s administration.
It was a big moment in fashion for the former model, In a nod to France, she wore a black Chantilly lace Chanel haute couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins, according to her spokeswoman. Her French counterpart wore Louis Vuitton.
President Donald Trump praised his wife in his toast, calling her “America’s absolutely incredible first lady.” He went on to hail the bonds between the United States and France, saying, “May our friendship grow even deeper, may our kinship grow even stronger and may our sacred liberty never die.”
Among those attending were Vice President Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and two Winter Olympians.
Guests at Mr. Trump’s table included Apple CEO Tim Cook and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the president’s nominee for secretary of state, as well as Macron and his wife.
The White House stressed that Mrs. Trump had a hand in every aspect of the social planning of Macron’s visit. She released a brief video showing her working on the details with her staff, including the menu and the table settings.
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