As of Sunday, when Emmanuel Macron is to be officially sworn in as France’s new president, the country will also have a new first lady — Brigitte Trogneux.
While we should perhaps be examining her prospective advisory role in the French government, we can’t help but notice her wearing a Louis Vuitton coat and a pair of Gianvito Rossi Perspex pumps. And despite Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s decree that “we should all be feminists,” Paris seems utterly obsessed with Trogneux’s style.
At 64, she is some 24 years Macron’s senior. She was his drama teacher at school, and they fell in love when he was a not-so-callow teenager; he was in the same class as one of her own children.
And it’s because of all this that no one is hating on her too much (for now, at least) for having a “special relationship” with LVMH, evinced by front-row seats at Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior fashion shows, plus designer loans she can command for her public appearances.
Yes, as the French would say, the lady is “branchée” (well-connected). She comes from a wealthy family of chocolate producers (yes, really) and is tight with Vuitton’s Delphine Arnault and her tech billionaire partner, Xavier Niel.