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Yea, Nay, or Eh: Michelle Obama’s Fashion Diplomacy

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She’s worn shorts on Air Force One and Tom Binns to the Kennedy Center—you don’t have to be an avid Huffington Post reader to know Michelle Obama is changing the rules of White House dressing. But at the Obamas first State Dinner last night—the must-attend event for all Beltway-bound socialites—the First Lady’s choice of a gown by Naeem Khan was utterly on the mark. The evening’s guests of honor were Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur; Khan is an Indian-born U.S.-based designer who’s known for gorgeous eveningwear embellished with elaborate touches. Most recently, Khan made news for
launching a line for HSN, where his signature sparkle tops sold out at $450. We doubt Obama’s floor-length, gold strapless sheath was purchased during a commercial break (word is the gown was custom-designed to the tune of 40 people over three weeks), but we think she looks stunning in such a dressed-up look. The armful of bangles and Bochic earrings are another nice touch—Indian-inspired, but not literal. What do you think of her threads? Are we too enthralled by FLOTUS, or is this outfit an undeniable Yea? Leave your comments below.
—Alison Baenen