While Melanie Trump wore a ‘I don’t really care, do u’ jacket, Jill Biden proudly wore a ‘Love’ blazer. From the royals to Boris and Carrie Johnson, the US first lady impressed them all at the G7 summit with her sophisticated fashion.

US first lady Jill Biden’s looks on her first international trip to the UK, where she met the queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the UK Prime Minister and wife. Photos: AFP, AP, Reuters

Hosted by G7 member nation the UK this year, the 2021 G7 Summit just took place in Cornwall, England, where leaders discussed pivotal issues ranging from geopolitics, the global economy, climate change, Covid-19 vaccines and trade, as well as relations with China. For his first diplomatic trip since taking the office, US president Joe Biden took his wife Jill Biden along with him to meet several US allies, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK’s first lady Carrie Johnson. The US first couple also made a call on the British royal family, meeting Queen Elizabeth, a tradition long observed by the White House and Buckingham Palace.

Just as there are obvious and radical differences between their husbands’ tones and politics, the fashion sense of the current US first lady is in stark contrast with that of her predecessor Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, as represented by their “Love” and “I don’t really care, do u” jackets.

Melania is known for mastering the newest looks and sky-high heels from big-name international fashion houses such as Chanel, Hermès, Dior, Celine, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. Looking incredibly glamorous, she made her mark by becoming one of the most stylish first ladies in American history.

Jill Biden on the other hand goes for mature, sophisticated clothes that ooze comfort with the occasional playful touch, as with her fishnet tights when exiting Air Force One at Easter. At this year’s G7 Summit, she also made a clear fashion statement by electing to wear a majority of American brands – including some lesser-known names.

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Here are some of the highlights from the American first lady’s visit to Cornwall and Windsor Castle.

When meeting Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, the first lady opted for a sky blue ensemble comprising of a single breasted blazer on top of a matching sheath dress – which she has worn before – from American brand Adam Lipps, and a pair of nude pumps from Italian maison Valentino.

The queen was dressed in a pink floral dress. The 95-year-old monarch, owner of one of the world’s largest collections of jewellery, wore a historically and diplomatically meaningful jewel, the Jardine Star Brooch. It’s a piece gifted by Lady Jardine in 1981, one she has worn at various occasions previously, including meetings with George H.W. Bush in 1993 and with his son, George W. Bush, in 2003.

Biden also lit up her look with a brooch, which many believe was a subtle sartorial nod to the queen, a noted connoisseur and collector of breastpins.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during a reception with G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England during the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. Photo: AP

At the G7 Summit reception with the queen, Biden was outfitted in a US$2,750 Karban trench coat from Gabriela Hearst, who’s known for her sustainable approach toward fashion, and a black Erin stamped leather clutch from Larroudé, a brand founded by the eponymous former fashion director of Barneys, and a pair of 85 pumps in navy suede from Marion Parke, a shoe label established by a former American podiatric surgeon.

US first lady Jill Biden and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, in Hayle, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021. Photo: Reuters

When the US first lady and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge visited a school in Cornwall, both were outfitted in bright, delightful hues. Biden chose a pink blazer from L’Agence on top of a white pleated dress from Swiss fashion brand Akris, which is priced at £2,000 (US$2,760). She wore a pair of nude sling back shoes with a signature “V” emblem from Italian maison Valentino.

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The duchess was outfitted in a red midi pencil dress from Alexander McQueen retailing for £1,175 (US$1,620) and a pair of similarly toned pumps to Biden from English label Rupert Sanderson. The duchess also sported a nude mini handbag from L.K. Bennett.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie Johnson greet US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden for the official welcome and family photo of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photo: PA Wire

When meeting their British counterparts, UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and first lady Carrie Johnson, Biden chose a striking red dress from American fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and a pair of suede shoes, again from Marion Parke, finished with her Cartier watch.

Carrie Johnson once again rented her wardrobe, sporting a bright pink midi dress from Roksanda and a pair of floral pumps from English brand L.K Bennett, a label Kate Middleton also loves.

One of the most high-profile talking points from Biden’s UK trip was her “Love” jacket from French brand Zadig & Voltaire, which currently retails for US$448. Social media users were quick to draw comparisons with Melania Trump’s “I don’t really care, do u” jacket from Zara.

US first lady Jill Biden waves after meeting military veterans, first responders and family members of Bude Surf Veterans, a volunteer organisation, in Newlyn, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 12, 2021. Photo: AFP

Meeting the families of military veterans in Newlyn, the first lady was dressed in an asymmetric floral print dress from American designer Oscar de la Renta, which she has also worn before. The first lady also sported her husband’s signature style statement, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

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