Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau puts Canadian fashion in the spotlight on U.S. visit

Justin Trudeau's wife (and Michelle Obama's new bestie) Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has Canadian fashion fans buzzing over her style choices in D.C. — for better or for worse.

What Sophie wore: PM's wife brings Canadian style to D.C.

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wore a gown by Toronto designer Lucian Matis to the White House state dinner for her husband Thursday night. Her new 'soulmate' Michelle Obama also went Canadian chic in a dress by Jason Wu. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Of everything Justin Trudeau is hoping to accomplish in Washington, D.C., this week, it's doubtful that "showcasing Canadian fashion" is very high on the list.

And yet, thanks to his wife (and new Michelle Obama bestie) Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the prime minister's presence in the U.S. capital has been doing just that — for better or for worse — since Wednesday, when his debut official visit began.

Many eyes were on the Trudeau family as they emerged from their plane at Andrews Air Force Base — no shortage of them watching for what "Canada's latest fashion icon" chose to wear for her journey.

Much to the delight of homegrown style supporters, Grégoire-Trudeau appeared on the (airport) runway in a custom-made pantsuit by Montreal-based designer DUY, earrings by Toronto jewelry designer Dean Davidson and nude heels from the Canadian footwear brand Aldo.

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

Later that evening, the Trudeaus attended a reception in Washington hosted by Canada 2020. The prime minister's wife once again highlighted her own country's fashion chops by wearing a floral jacket by the Toronto-based contemporary womenswear brand Ellie Mae.

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau poses for a photo with Canadian Grammy winner The Weeknd Wednesday evening at the Prime Minister's Reception, hosted by Canada 2020 in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute and the Center for American Progress. (Hannah Thomson/Canada 2020)

Grammy award-winning Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd was also there.

Canadian style was in the spotlight once again Thursday morning when Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife joined U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, at an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

Grégoire-Trudeau thrilled fashion lovers with her vibrant red and fuscia dress, custom-printed with silk floral appliqués by Toronto-based Romanian-born designer Lucian Matis.

She accessorized the piece with pumps by Iranian-born Canadian designer Elle AyoubZadeh for her brand Zvelle and a simple red Aldo clutch.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau escorts his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, during an arrival ceremony with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, March 10, 2016. This is Trudeau's first trip to Washington since becoming Prime Minister. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

And Grégoire-Trudeau wasn't the only one who went for Canadian chic.

Michelle, a fashion icon in her own right, chose to wear a green dress by Tanya Taylor, who was raised in Toronto but now resides in New York City. 

Michelle Obama and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau laugh during the official arrival ceremony at the White House on March 10, 2016. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Later, the duo spoke at an International Women's Day event for Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative to "ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve."

Michelle Obama listens as Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaks during a program at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., to highlight Let Girls Learn efforts and raise awareness for global girls' education. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

It was there that the U.S. president's wife introduced Grégoire-Trudeau as "my soulmate" and praised her as a funny, beautiful role model. She also spoke about Grégoire-Trudeau's role as a mother to three children, calling her youngest Trudeau child Hadrien's curly hair "delicious."

Their new friendship was put to the test rather quickly, however, when FLOTUS lost her balance as she walked off stage. Grégoire-Trudeau passed with flying colours by spinning around to catch her fellow fashionista and girls' education advocate.

On Thursday evening, both Grégoire-Trudeau and Michelle Obama arrived at the long-anticipated White House state dinner — the first for a Canadian prime minister in 19 years — wearing Canadian designs once again.

Grégoire-Trudeau chose another gown by Lucian Matis, thrilling the designer, who tweeted: "Sophie Trudeau wearing Lucian Matis twice in one day!!! <3"

Michelle Obama and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau walk together before a state dinner at the White House on March 10, 2016. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Michelle, for her part, wore Jason Wu. The Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer, now located in New York, also designed the outfits she wore to both of her husband's inauguration ceremonies.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they arrive for a state dinner at the White House on March 10, 2016. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

See more photos from Trudeau's Washington visit in the gallery below, and check back here as we update this page with news of his wife's fashion choices.


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