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Friday 18 January 2019

Michelle rings in the summer of style

On one of the first hot, summer-weather evenings of the season in Washington, Michelle Obama turned up the glamour with her dress choice for last night's state dinner at the White House in honour of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Mrs Obama shimmered in an all-over embellished gown by Naeem Khan.

It was an ivory, V-neck column dress embellished with silver beads, white sequins and metallic thread in a geometric pattern -- and she's back to what seems like her favourite seasonal sleeveless look, which shows off her famously toned arms.

Khan also designed the gown Mrs Obama wore to the first state dinner she and President Barack Obama hosted for the Indian prime minister in 2009.

She accessorised with gold bangle bracelets by Alexis Bittar.

"It's happy fashion. You want to look at it," said fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson, who consults for Khan.

Stephenson said Khan is a good choice for Mrs Obama because he can convey sophistication without losing a little wink and nod to the fantasy of fashion.

"Like Mrs Obama, his clothes are alive . . . They're classics but tweaked."

His signature beading provides the exclamation point that Mrs Obama likes to add to her outfits, Stephenson said.

The first lady is still the talk of fashion watchers here at home after her recent trip.



Footwear

She arrived at Dublin Airport in a smart crinkle-effect, black jacket and sported a host of footwear including Prada designer heels.

And for her Farmleigh engagement she swopped her monochrome look for a simple burgundy, pink and mustard print dress and a beautifully cut, cream, silk raincoat.

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