Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau rocks Toronto designs in Washington

Toronto fashion designer Lucian Matis's phone has been buzzing non-stop since Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau sported two of his dresses at the White House on Thursday.

'It was a Lucian Matis day at the White House,' giddy local designer tells Metro Morning

Romanian-born Toronto designer Lucian Matis tells Metro Morning's Matt Galloway how excited he is to see his dresses worn by "fashion icon" Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau in Washington. (CBC)

Toronto fashion designer Lucian Matis's phone has been buzzing non-stop since Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau sported two of his dresses at the White House on Thursday. 

"It was incredible. I cannot believe the amount of calls, the interviews and the media ... I couldn't even handle it," the Romanian-born designer told Metro Morning's Matt Galloway.

"It was so tremendous. It was just a wonderful day. It was a Lucian Matis day a the White House."

Grégoire-Trudeau, the prime minister and their three children were greeted to much fanfare Thursday as they began their an official visit to the United States, which included a state dinner at the White House.

When she and the prime minister joined U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Grégoire-Trudeau stood out in her Matis dress — a vibrant red and pink knee-length number with custom-printed with silk floral appliqués.

"It was so impactful. The colour was so vibrant. The texture and the print worked so well with the occasion," Matis said. "It was really elegant."

Grégoire-Trudeau poses in her Lucian Matis dress alongside First Lady Michelle Obama during the official arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington on Thursday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Matis got a call before the trip from Grégoire-Trudeau's stylist asking that he send over a collection of dresses for fitting, and he knew she'd be wearing one of his designs at the state dinner.  

But the afternoon red dress, which caught the attention of American media, was a surprise.

"She's a style icon and she's becoming more of a style icon as the time goes by. It's unbelievable. You cannot pay for something like that."

At the state dinner later that night Grégoire-Trudeau busted out her second Matis outfit of the trip — a long, flowing plum-coloured cap-sleeved gown.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Grégoire-Trudeau as they arrive for a state dinner at the White House. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

​Matis wasn't the only Toronto designer in the spotlight during the official Washington visit — nor the only Canadian talent on display.

When the Trudeaus got off the plane in Washington, Grégoire-Trudeau was sporting a pantsuit by Montreal-based designer DUY and earrings by Toronto jewelry designer Dean Davidson.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for an official visit with his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, left, and their children Xavier James, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, right, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Wednesday. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

At a reception in Washington hosted by Canada 2020, she was draped in a floral jacket by the Toronto-based brand EllieMae.

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau poses for a photo with Canadian Grammy winner The Weeknd Wednesday evening at the Prime Minister's Reception hosted by Canada 2020, sporting a floral jacket by the Toronto-based EllieMae. (Hannah Thomson/Canada 2020)

And she paired her state dinner Matis gown with earrings from Toronto's John De Jong Jewellery.

Grégoire-Trudeau sports Toronto-made John de Jong earrings during the state dinner in Washington. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Both Vogue Magazine and The Washington Post commented on the former television host's ensembles, and Matis said it's great Grégoire-Trudeau is bringing international attention to Canadian designers. 

"I have been in this industry under my own label for about 10 years, and I've been saying it along that we need somebody who represents Canadian fashion, and we finally have somebody who does that beautifully," Matis said. 


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