President Francois Hollande of France is greeted by First Lady MichelleObama and President Barack Obama as he arrives at the North Portico for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
The media are swooning over Michelle Obama's gown.
Michelle Obama chose a Venezuelan-American designer for the gown she wore Tuesday to the state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande.
But the formal, ornate style of the sumptuous gown by Carolina Herrera reflected French aesthetics, from the intricate beaded black bodice, to the train and full skirt in a color called liberty blue, according to Susan Swimmer, author of "Michelle Obama: First Lady of Fashion and Style."
"From the White House to Versailles, it's not that far," said Swimmer, who is also contributing fashion features editor for More magazine. "It's much more keeping in a French aesthetic than I've seen her wear before. It's very French in terms of how ornate it is and the use of lace and the velvet sash."
The gown featured a black, hand-sewn beaded embroidery applique scallop-edged top that came to Obama's elbows. The top went over a blue silk faille corset and long skirt with a train that billowed behind the first lady as she walked with President Barack Obama. It was matched with a black velvet belt. The color also echoed the blue color that both countries share in their flags.
The White House confirmed it was a Herrera gown and Herrera took credit in a news release saying she made the dress at her New York atelier.
The first lady chose a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a voluminous skirt and lace-overlay top. The blue and black gown is the first dress with sleeves Obama has worn to a state dinner.
...The dress includes a black hand-sewn beaded embroidery applique scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset, according to a statement from the designer. A wide black velvet belt breaks up the top from the silk faille inverted pleat skirt.
Michelle Obama wore a custom-made Carolina Herrera gown to a state dinner held Tuesday at the White House in honor of French President Francois Hollande.A bit ostentatious.
The dress itself was an event, boasting a full "liberty blue" skirt with a billowing train, a black velvet belt and a black hand-embroidered sheer appliqué top over a blue corset with a scalloped sweetheart neckline.
...The first lady joined President Barack Obama, clad in a traditional, black tuxedo in welcoming Hollande and about 350 other power players—including some familiar Hollywood faces—to their humble home-office.
Bradley Cooper, J.J. Abrams, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Mary J. Blige and Stephen Colbert all made the guest list.
In fact, Cooper was seen chatting up Secretary of State John Kerry, Veep star Louis-Dreyfus was seated next to real-life Vice President Joe Biden, and Colbert scored a plum seat next to Michelle Obama at the head table.
...In-house executive Chef Cris Comerford's menu included a winter garden salad, featuring herbs from Michelle Obama's garden and a viniagrette using honey from the White House beehive; dry-aged rib eye beef; and a chocolate-sprayed ganache cake, using chocolate from the president'se native Hawaii and vanilla ice cream made in nearby Pennsylvania.
What was all that talk about "income inequality" just two weeks ago?
The reaction from NBC News producer, Shawna Thomas, is positively nauseating!
HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE FIRST LADY'S DRESS. #BOWDOWN
— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) February 12, 2014
What? What does that mean?
Is that a reference to Beyonce's "Bow Down"?
But I feel strong. And anyone that says, ‘Oh that is disrespectful,’ just imagine the person that hates you. Imagine a person that doesn’t believe in you. And look in the mirror and say, ‘Bow down, b----’ and I guarantee you feel gangsta!Is Michelle feeling "gangsta"? Does Thomas think Michelle should be feeling "gangsta" in that dress for the rich and famous, sending the message "Bow down, b----"?
Or, is the "BOW DOWN" simply referring to NBC NEWS PRODUCER Thomas' adoration of the glorious Queen Michelle?
To explain her excitement about Michelle Obama's incredibly expensive dress, Thomas tweeted this clarification:
@drewmaniac It's a very very nice dress.
— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) February 12, 2014
That's very toned down from her previous all caps, #BOWDOWN, Chris Matthews-esque slobbering tweet.
To me, the dress looks like something Oprah would wear. (When you're a billionaire, what's $10,000 or $12,000? It's nothing.) Sure, the dress is nice, for a larger woman. Michelle looks nice.
But BOW DOWN before Michelle and her $$$ dress?
No. It's inappropriate.
Americans are struggling with the nightmare of ObamaCare, seeing their premiums skyrocket if they haven't lost their insurance policies, the ones Obama PROMISED they could keep.
Sorry, but I can't begin to get excited about a damn dress and celebrities wining and dining on the taxpayers' backs. I'm paying for that state dinner!
In addition, as the Obamas party with the beautiful people, millions of Americans are suffering due to winter storms, dealing with power outages and broken water mains and frozen pipes.
We're having a great time out here in the real world. Lots of fun. Lots and lots of fun.