While most of us are lamenting Obama’s departure from the presidency given the current state of US political affairs (read: nightmare), that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to appreciate the Italian-influenced style of the president’s final state dinner. CAISA Fashion Show’s in-house fashion editors decided to give their takes on who they thought were the best dressed:
Russell Christmas’ choice: Frank Ocean
So many swerves here. Bow-ties? Dorky. Belts? Unnecessary. Dress shoes? Thanks, but no thanks. Ocean breaks all the rules and manages to do it totally right. He’s definitely cemented himself as one of the most stylish people to be invited to a state dinner, though no one will ever come close to the greatness of Rick Owens and his wife, Michele Lamy.
Amaara Dhanji’s choice: Michelle Obama
In a stunning custom rose-gold chainmail piece designed by Atelier Versace, Michelle Obama dazzled many. The First Lady’s choice of a floor-length, elegant, yet tight-fitting off-the-shoulder strap showcased her ability to stay in-trend and represent a country at the same time. Paired with glamorous yet simple accessories, Mrs. Obama’s dress truly speaks for itself, and only compliments her personality even more.
Prachir Pasricha’s choice: Agnese Landini
Guest of honour and the wife of Italy’s Prime Minister, Agnese Landini wore Ermanno Scervino to the Obama’s last state dinner. In a black and white dress with lace detailing, Agnese displayed a stunning sense of European style and elegance. The look managed to display the balance between style and professionalism that guests of such events strive to achieve.
Jenny Zhang’s choice: Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani provided the entertainment for the night as she sang old hits such as “Sweet Escape” and performed a duet of “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with Blake Shelton. With a slicked back ponytail and sheer black gown featuring silver floral applique, Gwen certainly made her presence known on the stage. She completed the look with simple accessories and her signature red lip.
Karrie Zhang’s choice: Beatrice Vio
Italian Paralympian Beatrice “Bebe” Vio appeared in an ivory Dior gown. The neutral floor-length dress had a high neck halter neckline and a v-cut back. Pairing the dress with minimal jewellery and a small clutch to complete the feminine and sophisticated ensemble, Bebe showed us that she can be both a champion fencer and a fashionista.