How Brigitte Macron lifted the taboo on mini skirts and became a new style icon of France

Is it indecent for women after 40 to wear short skirts? Do not rush to conclusions: the first lady of France will change your ideas about this rule.

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte Macronphoto2017 Christophe Morin/IP3

In September 2017, the first lady of France and her husband were included in the list of the most stylish couples on the planet according to Vanity Fair. At the same time, there was no other American first lady in this ranking. This, as you understand, was another reason to “scratch your tongues” and speculate whose style should be recognized as the best in the end.

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron at a meeting in Paris

Conversations are conversations, but one thing is absolutely clear: Brigitte Macron instantly, in just the first six months that have passed since the inauguration of her husband, has significantly influenced the fashion world. For example, by removing the taboo on miniskirts for women whose age is described as “slightly over”. And this bold step, I must say, claims to be the main fashion revolution of the decade.

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Emmanuel Macron

Strictly speaking, the difference between the style of Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump is about the same as between the political positions of their spouses — liberal Emmanuel and sharply conservative Donald. The style of the former first Lady of the United States is refined and almost flawless. If the skirts are 10 centimeters below the knee, if the heels are 12 centimeters above the ground (even if Mrs. Trump is traveling to a disaster zone). While some wrote that it would be nice for Melania to take into account the information guide when choosing her outfit, others continued to shower her with compliments and the most flattering epithets, no matter what.

Is it the first Lady of France! She can’t get away with anything from sofa critics: neither the length of the skirt, nor the lack of a sleeve on the dress, nor the decision to live with the love of her life. A former literature teacher who entered into a relationship with her daughter’s classmate with a 25—year age difference – last spring, social networks were simply seething with misogyny about the potential first lady of France. But she didn’t seem to care much about it herself. Or at least she’s learned to pretend.

“Was it bad for me? Yes. But I told myself to let go of the worries — and immediately felt better,” she admitted in an interview with Elle magazine.

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron

While fashion theorists are arguing whether or not to wear short skirts for mature women, Brigitte Macron answered this question for herself unequivocally. Boldly? Absolutely, yes. Provocative? At first glance, yes, but how much exactly?

We answer: practically not how much. The fact is that the miniskirt at the dawn of its appearance in the 60s was not a sexual appeal. It’s hard to say who the authorship belongs to — the Frenchman Andre Courrej or the Briton Mary Quantum, but one thing is for sure: a short skirt made life much easier for a woman, giving her freedom and speed of movement. Mini is not about sex (although slender female legs in such a skirt do not cease to excite men’s hearts), mini is about a woman’s personal comfort.

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

“For me, the meaning of a short dress is to demonstrate freedom and individuality, not beautiful legs,” Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello once admitted in an interview for Marie Claire. We fully support you!

I must say, the aesthetic component of this symbol of female emancipation even then baffled the greatest fashionable minds. For example, Coco Chanel: The Great Mademoiselle was categorically against such a length, believing that women’s knees for the most part are ugly, and they should be hidden. But if now a mini on a young girl does not shock anyone, a mini on an adult is shocking and makes millions of people around the planet practice wit and discuss the knees of a poor woman. Even if we leave aside the fact that 67-year-old Brigitte Macron’s legs are in amazing shape, who and what right has to indicate what she can and cannot do? 

It is clear that such a choice does not fit into the traditional ideas of how long a 67-year-old woman’s skirt should be. But should he? How can the style of a woman who has decided on reciprocity of feelings with a daughter of the same age be ordinary? Matthew Colan, Brigitte Macron’s stylist, could have shackled his ward in a Dior new look or, say, in straight Chanel dresses, providing them with a tweed jacket, a canonical string of pearls and a pair of pumps on kitten heels. Of course, such work in wide circles would be perceived much more favorably. But where is Brigitte in this? And how will she differ from other conditional 200 first ladies of the planet?

France is a country that, as fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev aptly put it, “gives the best definition of life on earth.” The French bourgeoisie were among the first in Europe to take down the oppression of the monarchy, and almost the entire history of France is a struggle with different stereotypes: political, social, fashionable.

As for the latter, the authority of the French capital is almost indisputable: first Poiret, then Chanel, and after her Dior, Saint Laurent and other fashion designers each time created the image of the ideal woman of their generation from scratch. And he, as a painting by an avant-garde artist, could seem strange or inappropriate. Brigitte Macron, although she does not create clothes herself, inspires others to do it and moves fashion progress forward with her brave example. Is not it so?

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron, Paris January 21

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron, Paris March 26, 2019

The First Lady of France, by her example, removes the taboo on mini-skirts for women whose age has long exceeded Balzac’s. Without saying a word, Brigitte asserts with one look: “Is there something you don’t like? These are your problems.”

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte in a mini and at the inauguration of her spouse…

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

… and by bike.

As you know, Brigitte, who after 10 years of marriage turned out to be the first lady of France, is not going to rest on her laurels. The former teacher will devote herself to social work, and given her popularity not only in France, but also in the world, her schedule will be very tight. Remember, we talked about freedom of movement and speed of work with the advent of a miniskirt? Almost 60 years after its invention, it is Brigitte Macron who demonstrates the most correct use of it. And it does it smartly!

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Brigitte Macron

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron

And this is not only our opinion or the opinion of Vanity Fair. Delphine de Canecode, an influential Parisian art director, commented on Macron’s style in an interview with French L’Express: “She is the epitome of rock and roll! You’ll never hear from her: “I’m 60+, so I can’t wear short skirts.” High heels, sleeveless dresses, leather trousers — she can afford absolutely anything! She’s a superwoman!

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte Macron before the Louis Vuitton FW16-17 show

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

The second favorite thing in Madame Macron’s wardrobe is a miniature Capucine bag from Louis Vuitton

No matter what anyone wants, progress is inexorably moving forward. Including in the fashion world, where everything is gaining great weight, what is commonly called diversity (and in Russian simply “diversity”). Primitive patterns of thinking fade into the background. It becomes simply indecent to impose anything on anyone: what’s in retail, what’s in journalism, what’s in design. Believe it or not, Brigitte Macron’s “bare” knees are her feminist position.

So now it’s official: a woman has every right to wear what she wants, do what she wants, and love who she wants. At any age. 

Как Брижит Макрон сняла табу на мини-юбки и стала новой иконой стиля Франции

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron

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