Michelle Obama is one of the most fashionable First Ladies in history — and, at her final state dinner, she served us a dress that was nothing short of iconic.
The Obamas greeted the press hand in hand.
While Barack looked handsome (as always), it was Michelle's amazing dress that gave us a fashion conniption.
Drink in this sartorial perfection, people: Off-the-shoulder, perfectly draped, rose gold, CHAIN MAIL DRESS.
The dress, by Atelier Versace, was designed especially for Michelle by Donatella Versace herself. Given that this state dinner was held for the Prime Minister of Italy, a gown by an Italian label is a gorgeous compliment — one that Michelle often pays to visiting dignitaries at events like this.
But the dress wasn't just a liquid metal dream — it was also a powerful feminist statement.
This dinner came days after Michelle's blistering speech in New Hampshire, where she roundly condemned Donald Trump's treatment of — and statements about — women. That she chose to wear a dress made of chain mail, i.e. literal armor, is probably not a coincidence.
And the designer for damn sure agrees. In a statement to the New York Times, Donatella Versace said "I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to dress the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Thank you, Michelle, for all the things you did for America and for the rest of the world, for the women in the U.S. and the rest of the world."
And she's flawless from every angle. Not to objectify the First lady or anything, but DAMN.
This dress is basically magical — it's sexy, yet event-appropriate; experimental, yet totally timeless. It's a triumph.
President Obama clearly agrees.
Are they possibly the most gorgeous, in-love couple to ever grace the White House? I think they might be. FOUR HUNDRED MORE YEARS OF THEM, PLEASE.