While state dinners have often been opportunities for political outreach, they have proven to be events where Michelle Obama steals the style spotlight from many of President Obama‘s high-profile guests.
FLOTUS wowed once again, this time at Friday’s White House dinner looking stunning in a blush Naeem Khan organza gown. It featured an abstract asymmetric sleeve and strapless bodice that nipped at the waist and draped to a voluminous, floor-sweeping skirt.
“She looks great,” the president said, complimenting his wife’s ensemble while greeting visitors at the North Portico, but not before Michelle quipped, “He stepped on my dress.”
The gathering was a unique one in that Obama was honoring not one, but five countries. Leaders of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway mingled with Hollywood’s brightest including Aziz Ansari, Bellamy Young, Janelle Monae, David Letterman, Jidenna, Kyle Maclachlan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Connie Britton, Will Ferrell, Common, Billy Eichner, Al Roker, Miranda Kerr and Allison Williams.
For the 12th official state visit of the Obama presidency, guests were served a menu of Scandinavian delicacies and American cuisine such as a chicken and waffle appetizer, salt-cured ahi tuna main course and caramel almond mille-feuille for dessert.
Demi Lovato was the night’s entertainment.
Mrs. Obama’s choice to wear Naeem Khan may have been bookended as the last few months of her husband’s presidential term approach. For her very first State Dinner in 2009, which honored India, Obama selected a one-of-a-kind sterling silver sequin dress by Naeem Khan that featured an abstract floral motif. And most recently, FLOTUS has worn Naeem Khan in more casual settings, like during a visit to Brazil.
The Indian-American designer is also a favorite among first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, who both donned striking embroidered Naeem Khan gowns, worth nearly $20,000 a piece.
– Karen Mizoguchi