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Michelle Obama rocks red McQueen

2011-01-20 09:52

New York - Michelle Obama donned a red Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner she and President Barack Obama hosted in honour of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The gown seemed typical of Michelle's forward fashion sense. The gown featured an asymmetrical neckline and a petal-print silk organza fabric, and she wore a narrow wrap around her arms as she posed for photos in front of the White House.

The Alexander McQueen label is one of the most respected in style circles. McQueen committed suicide a year ago, but the brand has continued under the stewardship of his former assistant Sarah Burton, who, like McQueen, is a Londoner who shows her collections in Paris.

"This dress is very glamorous," said Kate Betts, author of the new book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

"Red is an obvious colour because in the Chinese colour it means good luck, but you expect an American or an American-based designer for an occasion like this," said Betts, also a contributing editor at Time magazine. "But she's always surprising, and that's why we're all riveted by her."

The choice of McQueen further adds to Michelle's fashion credibility, said Betts. She's known as a champion of up-and-coming talent, but also mixes and matches top designers with mass retail brands.

Fashion was further represented at the evening's A-list event with designer Vera Wang and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour both on the guest list.

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