I can’t believe this is the Obamas’ last state dinner. Certainly they can host at least two more before the transfer of power? But no, they’re insisting that this is the last Obama state dinner, and last night they did a big, fancy shindig for Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and Mrs. Agnese Landini. The biggest headline is obviously Michelle Obama’s dress. Michelle usually tries to wear a gown from a designer from the honored guest country, so she went with an Italian designer: Donatella Versace. This is a sparkly rose-gold Versace gown and it’s basically perfect.
While I’m not always 100% in love with what Michelle wears, I really, really appreciate the fact that she mixed it up so much in her eight years as FLOTUS. She did the high-low mixing, she wore emerging American designers, she rarely wore staid pantsuits and she always seemed like she was having fun with clothes. Compared to other first ladies – who usually just threw on an Oscar de la Renta gown and called it a day – Michelle has always been a breath of fresh air. And most designers loved her. I would imagine that Donatella Versace was beyond pleased that she got to dress FLOTUS for the final state dinner.
As for the rest of event… Mario Batali worked with the White House chef to create a special Italian-friendly dinner. The guests included… Roberto Benigni, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (and his girlfriend Sandra Lee), Giorgio Armani, Naeem Khan, Savannah Guthrie, Gayle King, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld and… Gwen Stefani. Who brought Blake Shelton as her date. I imagine that was painful for a Trump supporter like Blake to be in the Obama White House.
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