President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait to greet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016, for a state dinner. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
First lady Michelle Obama is embracing spring with the strapless floral gown she wore to Thursday’s White House dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The deep blue dress by Jason Wu, who also designed the first lady’s inaugural gowns, featured a playful flower pattern and asymmetrical draping. Mrs. Obama wore her hair in full, loose waves, with long bangs swept to one side.
Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, also went with the floral theme, wearing a bright purple dress by Canadian designer Lucian Matis adorned with coral flower-shaped appliques.
Like Mrs. Obama, Grégoire-Trudeau is considered a fashion icon whose event outfits are widely anticipated and celebrated.
Both women also sported springtime looks earlier Thursday for a welcome ceremony at the White House. Obama chose a sleeveless green and black frock by Toronto-born Tanya Taylor. Grégoire-Trudeau wore a knee-length red and pink dress by Matis
With the dress by Wu, who grew up in Canada, the first lady continues her tradition of wearing dresses to White House dinners by designers representing the nation being honored.
Mrs. Obama stunned at the China State Dinner last fall in a custom-made gown by Chinese-American designer Vera Wang. The first lady chose a floaty frock by Japanese-born Tadashi Shoji for the Japan State Dinner last spring.
The designers of President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau’s tuxedos were not revealed.