Michelle Obama has accomplished an incredible amount over her eight years ‘in office,’ not least of which is redefining what the role can mean in terms of clothes. Every year, whether it’s at various White House dinners, her travels abroad, on magazine covers, or just going about her everyday life, she continues to set sartorial standards regardless of whether she’s in H&M or a custom ballgown. So naturally, when choosing an evening gown for her 13th and final state dinner as First Lady, it stood to reason that she’d knock it out of the park once again.
FLOTUS and President Obama welcomed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Mrs. Agnese Landini of Italy at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday evening. Michelle, 52, wowed in a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed by Atelier Versace while POTUS looked dapper in a black tuxedo and colour coordinated bow tie. Renzi wore a tuxedo by Armani and his wife opted for a Ermanno Scervino dress.
Earlier in the day, the mother of two chose a Giambattista Valli dress while walking around the White House Kitchen Garden with Landini.
‘Welcome to the final state dinner of my presidency,’ Obama said as he was met with roaring applause. ‘But in the immortal words of a great Italian American, Yogi Berra, ‘It ain’t over ’till it’s over.'‘ He also joked how Renzi wore big sweaters and suits early on saying, ‘Giorgio Armani is here and he would be ashamed to know that the Italian prime minister used to wear things like this.’ Later adding, that he and Renzi ‘married up and because of our wives, we eat better, we dress better, we are better and we thank you both.’
At last night’s State Dinner were celebrity guests Roberto Benigni, Jerry Seinfeld, Giorgio Armani, Naeem Khan, Savannah Guthrie, Gayle King and Gwen Stefani, who will be performing. Mario Batali collaborated with White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison for a menu that featured the best of American produce prepared with Italian flair.
The First Lady’s gowns have not only been stunning, but also meaningful — she tends to choose designers that honour the guest country in some way. That includes the strapless pastel yellow Naeem Khan gown she wore to host the Indian Prime Minister, the vibrant purple Tadashi Shoji she wore in honor of the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife, and the orchid-hued gown by Korean designer Doo-Ri Chung she wore when hosting the South Korean Prime Minister.
Article courtesy of Emily Kirkpatrick at People.com