President @barackobama and the #firstlady, @michelleobama, welcomed Prime Minister @matteorenzi of Italy, and his wife, Agnese Landini, for the final state dinner of the #Obama presidency last night. The @nytimesfashion critic Vanessa Friedman writes that, in the process, #MichelleObama solidified her legacy as “perhaps the most adept and successful practitioner of the art of political dressing that any administration has seen.” The first lady’s decision to wear an Atelier @versace_official gown went far beyond being an ambassadorial nod to a guest country’s talent, Vanessa writes. “The dress, after all, was made of rose gold … chain mail. As much as it was gracefully cut and draped, it also spoke of armor and female strength, of the need to gird yourself to fight for what you believe in.” @al_drago, who was on #nytassignment at the event, took this photo of the Obamas.
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