For the past two days, Michelle Obama has donned enough designer labels to source her own international fashion week. Glowing in American and British designers, she wore Alexander McQueen, Tracy Reese, Tom Ford and Narciso Rodriguez (just to name a few) during the British leg of a six-day tour of Europe. There have been many fashion hits, a few (slight) misses, and meetings with Britain’s style icons including David Cameron’s wife Samantha Cameron and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
In her meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Mrs. Obama wore a light blue print dress by Barbara Tfank with a peony-pink bolero and silver sling-back stilettos. The dress is from the designer’s Resort 2011 collection and is an exclusive piece that sells for over $2000. Some British fashion critics panned the dress when comparing it to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s Reiss Shola bandage-style dress, which retails for less than $300. Catherine’s dress sold out online within hours and caused the British High Street fashion chain’s website to crash. The Mirror reports that the dress will not be reissued after the current stock sells out.
Later in the day, Mrs. Obama wore a purple dress by the Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic. She paired the dress with a cobalt blue Narciso Rodriguez coat. She wore the ensemble to meet with David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron, who is also known for her high-fashion aesthetic. Mrs. Cameron wore a borrowed Peter Pilotto print dress and Jimmy Choo stilettos.
For the state dinner, Mrs. Obama wore an a-line Tom Ford white evening gown with vintage-inspired long gloves, reminiscent of the gowns worn by Jacqueline Kennedy to state dinners. The dress is also vaguely reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s iconic white silk chiffon gown in “To Catch a Thief.”
Today, the style blog Mrs. O reported that Mrs. Obama wore an Alexander McQueen white tunic and wide belt while delivering a speech at Christ Church College at Oxford University. Earlier in the day, she wore a black and white geometric dress from Tracy Reese’s pre-Fall collection for a barbecue honoring members of the British military that was held in the garden of 10 Downing Street.