Michelle Obama Wears Gorgeous Blue Carolina Herrera Gown to State Dinner: Picture

Celebrity Style Feb. 12, 2014 AT 8:50AM
Michelle and Barack Obama at the State Dinner on Feb. 11, 2014 See a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama looking gorgeous in a blue Carolina Herrera gown at the state dinner in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 11. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Beautiful in blue! Michelle Obama had yet another best-dressed moment on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The first lady wore a gorgeous blue gown to the state dinner with her husband, President Barack Obama, at the White House in Washington, D.C. honoring President Francois Hollande of France.

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Mrs. Obama, 50, selected a dress by Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera for the occasion. The gown featured a low-cut black lace top with three-quarter sleeves, a silk faille inverted pleat skirt in a liberty blue color and black velvet belt. To accessorize the look, Obama wore large dangling earrings, glam eye makeup and styled her shoulder-length hair straight with extra volume. Herrera confirmed to CBS News that she made the dress at her New York Atelier.

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Susan Swimmer, author of Michelle Obama: First Lady of Fashion and Style, told CBS News that the dress reflected French aesthetics. "It's very French in terms of how ornate it is and the use of lace and the velvet sash," Swimmer said.

The author's only critique of the gown? "I don't know that she's ever worn sleeves for a formal occasion," Swimmer said. "Why would she? She's got fabulous arms!"

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