Michelle Obama Wears Vera Wang Gown at White House Dinner, Mark Zuckerberg …

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Diplomatic fashion crisis averted: Michelle Obama wears Vera Wang to China state dinner.

It was a spectacular night in the style stakes as the who’s who of Hollywood, business and politics gathered to showcase a fusion of Eastern and Western designs at a state dinner for Chinese leader Xi Jinping.During Michelle Obama’s time as first lady, she has made a point, particularly at state dinners, of wearing gowns by designers whose backgrounds and cultures reflect the countries being honored.First Lady Michelle Obama wowed attendees at the state dinner on Friday night to honor Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan with her choice of a stunning Vera Wang dress. On Saturday though, much of the talk about the the dinner surrounded Michelle Obama’s black off-the-shoulder mermaid gown. “The first lady’s look—hair gathered in that vintage sultry side sweep popular on red carpets and the form-fitting frock’s silhouette—hearkened back to old Hollywood glamour,” writes the Washington Post’s Helena Andrews-Dyer.

But she was matched in her penchant for fashion by Priscilla Chan, the pregnant wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who glowed in a floor-length red lace dress that showed off her growing baby bump. Chan, whose hair was scraped into a simple bun was accompanied by her husband – who broke away from his familiar work uniform of a T-shirt and jeans – and wore a simple black suit and tie to the event. The fashion featured on the night was a clear fusion of East meets West as some guests paid tribute to their Chinese guests by wearing outfits by designers with Eastern heritage – like Vera Wang. The dress led to lots of praise in the press, but it stunned American designers, who couldn’t help but wonder why the first lady wouldn’t go with one of their own for such an important occasion.

China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, known as a fashion icon in her native country, wore a “cerulean blue gown with trumpet sleeves” that matched her husband’s pocket square. When she launched her signature brand in the early 1990s, it was focused on bridal wear — minimalist, elegant and refined — and she attracted a wealthy and celebrity clientele. The pair were among a powerhouse line-up of diplomacy, big business and Hollywood invited to the extravagant feast at the White House to honor the visit of president Xi.

The black-tie affair was not only attended by top-level politicians from both countries – but leaders of the tech world with the likes of Facebook and Apple bosses Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook joining the two presidents at the top table for the glitzy event. While most of the 200 guests are used to dressing up for glamorous get-togethers, it was Obama himself who needed a hand – with wife Michelle helping to straighten his bow tie just before their VIP guests arrived. Philanthropist David Rubenstein was also there, as was ballerina Misty Copeland, who giggled and said, ‘I have no idea,’ when reporters asked who she was wearing. Obama always maintained that the choice of the McQueen dress was purely a matter of personal preference and not a political statement of disaffection with Seventh Avenue. Other popular figures from entertainment including Empire creator Lee Daniels arrived at the extravagant dinner with his mother Clara who wore a sweeping red gown which had a large bow and a high collar.

On this most studied and parsed of days, when her words would be few but her appearance would speak volumes, Obama declined to articulate the virtues of the American fashion industry. Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO, Oracle, arrived with Nikita Kahn who was dressed in a sleek white floor length gown and carried a blue crocodile skin clutch.

We are brothers together,”‘ Obama said. ‘I think of the ties that are forged every single today and that we’ve worked to expand in our work tod The president noted how Americans are flocking to see Chinese sights – like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall – while Chinese visitors take in the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall. ‘There will be time where there are differences between our two countries. During New York’s fashion week earlier this month, the brand celebrated its tenth anniversary, having established itself as a company with a designer-driven aesthetic but more accessible prices.

Only those who stride forward can reach their destination.” President Abraham Lincoln once said “the best way to predict the future is to create it,”‘ Xi said. ‘And let’s continue to respect and learn from each other, turn our blueprint into reality,’ Xi said toasting to a ‘new historic chapter in U.S. When Peng wore a trenchcoat from the label, which is designed by Ma Ke, during a visit to Moscow in 2013, it sparked a run in China on look-alike versions. But Dan Kritenbrink, the National Security Council’s senior director for Asian affairs, called it ‘smart diplomacy’ for the U.S. to reciprocate the hospitality that the Chinese have shown to the Obamas. But he warned the Asian nation it must demonstrate that it is not sponsoring cyber crime and espionage, and that it is enforcing the law against those using the Internet to steal U.S. companies’ trade secrets. ‘The question now is: are words followed by actions?’ he said at a joint press conference with Xi. ‘And we will be watching carefully to make an assessment as to whether progress has been made in this area.’ If China does not follow through, Obama said the United States will use sanctions, traditional law enforcement, and other measures ‘to go after cyber criminals either retrospectively or prospectively,’ a warning that the United States will work to prevent future crimes.

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