Maria Puente, USA TODAY Published 12:18 p.m. ET July 16, 2018 | Updated 4:39 p.m. ET July 16, 2018
First lady Melania Trump and Jenni Haukio, first lady of Finland, at the president's official residence in Mantyniemi, in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.(Photo: KIMMO BRANDT/EPA-EFE)
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Butterflies must be fashionable in Finland. Melania Trump and Finland's first lady both wore butterfly-themed outfits on Monday.
Did the two first ladies coordinate ahead of time? Or did they just coincidentally decide to boost butterflies independently? And what is the cultural significance of butterflies in far-northern Finland anyway?
All questions swirling as Trump and Jenni Haukio met at President Sauli Niinisto's official residence in Mantyniemi in Helsinki.
The rest of the world was focused on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and their much-anticipated joint summit at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital.
Fashion-followers were wondering about the butterflies.
Trump's Gucci wool coat in pale yellow stood out for the belt fastened with a gold butterfly buckle. The coat features a notched collar, a front button fastening, a pleated design, long sleeves and side pockets, and .
She wore matching lemon yellow high-heels, similar if not the same to those she wore Thursday night with a at a black-tie dinner in Britain hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace.
It was the first time on this has not worn an outfit by a designer from the host country.
Haukio wore a pretty butterfly-patterned short-sleeved dress by (about 0) and pumps by , both Finnish labels.
It's not clear whether butterflies have some meaningful significance in Finland, but in many cultures they represent life, endurance, change and hope. Christians (Trump was raised a Catholic in her native Slovenia) view the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection.
Last year, during New York Fashion Week, there was a Finnish fashion-themed pop-up that featured, coinciding with the country’s 100th anniversary.
First lady Melania Trump, President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio pose at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 prior to Trump's and Putin's one-on-one meeting in the Finnish capital. (Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin Pool/AP)
Also, to the far north, thus bringing more south-dwelling species past Finland’s borders.
The Trump administration is officially skeptical of climate change. Was Trump sending a subtle message of support for efforts to combat global warming?
Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, didn't respond to an emailed query.
But probably not.
First lady Melania Trump had a busy week of appearances in mid-September. Here, she is seen against the backdrop of the White House kitchen garden, on Sept. 22, 2017. Sheopted to keep the garden maintained by predecessor Michelle Obama, and helped water, plant and harvest vegetables with kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington D.C.
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