Michelle Obama looked stunning in a floral gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for the state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, on Monday. The dress went perfectly with the dinner’s dress code of casual cocktail. The first lady ushered in spring in the floral number, which had Kashmiri Ari work or embroidery.
The dress is from Khan’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection (Look 8). It featured red, orange, and pink flowers and paisleys all over. It had long sleeves and a low cut v-neckline.
The runway version of the dress featured a deep v-plunging neckline. The knee-length dress also flaunted the mother-of-two’s toned pins. The 52-year-old topped her look off with a pair of simple black patent leather pumps, bright orange drop earrings, and a black clutch.
According to New York Times, the dress selected by Michelle for the Cuban dinner was in a Kashmiri fabric. It was embroidered with an Indian floral motif. “After what America has done for me, coming from India, I need to give back to this country. She (Michelle Obama) has made my brand and put America back in fashion,” said Khan.
The designer, whose maximum clients are based in the Middle East, said he would do anything for the first lady. Meanwhile, FLOTUS has been seen in designs with a Cuban connection. She then opted to wear an ecru dress and coat from the Cuban-born, New York-based designer Isabel Toledo.
She has also worn designs by Cuban-American designer Narciso Rodriguez many times, including at this year’s State of the Union address. She turned to Khan for dresses for her daughters for their first state dinner in honor of the Canadian prime minister and his wife. Malia, 17, wore a strapless nude embellished dress, and 14-year-old Sasha opted for a racer-front sheer floral dress with lace and velvet insets.
Barack Obama is the first sitting U.S. President since 1928 to undertake a three-day visit to Cuba, along with his wife Michelle Obama and senior officials. He arrived in Cuba on Sunday.