The president and FLOTUS wrapped up their trip to the UK, and Michelle Obama gets a perfect report card for her chic, spot-on looks. If you missed her outings, from the creamy Tom Ford gown to her Peter Som dress and jacket, click our slideshow for a look at Michelle's stellar UK appearances. We humbly believe we have the most stylish first lady in the world.
>> Michelle Obama has been wearing mostly British designers like Preen and Roksanda Illincic, since stepping off Air Force One yesterday on an official visit to the UK. (Although she went with American designer Barbara Tfank to meet Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier today; the Reiss dress Middleton wore for the occasion promptly sold out online.).
This evening, however, for the state dinner with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, Michelle chose an ivory ruched georgette ribbon gown by Tom Ford, the American designer who also happens to make his home half the year in London, where his studios are located.
The Obamas met with Prince William and his wife Catherine in London yesterday, in an epic meeting of British royalty, American leadership, and serious style. Kate wore a fitted beige Reiss Shola dress and accessorized with black pumps and a black clutch while Michelle Obama opted for color via a pale green Barbara Tfank dress and cropped pink jacket. Both women, admired for their chic style, have a knack for shopping the High Street — Kate regularly sports Reiss and Banana Republic while Michelle often opts for J. Crew. The duchess and FLOTUS looked elegant and sophisticated — just click our slideshow to see the two chatting.
>> Last week, British singer Adele announced she was getting the Vogue treatment for the Grammys — she was scheduled to shoot a spread for the magazine with Annie Leibovitz, and Anna Wintour wanted to meet her during her final fitting last Monday. "It was just like The Devil Wears Prada," Adele said. "It was amazing. I was really frightened and I went in and she was so nice. She was like, 'What labels do you like?' I was trying to make up these designers that I was quite sure I had read in Vogue or something before." Anna ended up offering to style her for the awards show, and Adele got "a really nice dress" out of the bargain.
Adele walked the red carpet last night in a Barbara Tfank flared black dress — which Vogue had custom-made for the occasion — and a green jacket that looked like something Wintour might wear herself, a tuxedoed Hamish Bowles on her arm. Another Vogue celebrity styling debacle has been avoided, and we might even get a chronicle of the experience in Vogue — my best guess for Hamish's appearance on the red carpet.
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Barbara Tfank knows a thing or two about designing clothes. The petite lady with a signature black bob is a costume and fashion designer. She has designed costumes for feature films and television commercials and has worked on such full-length features as "Beautician and the Beast" and "Dream Lover."
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2001, Barbara splits her time between So. Cal and her hometown, New York, where she lives four months out of the year. Her under-the-radar clothes, sold exclusively at Barneys, are classic and very reminiscent of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The designer thinks it's chicer to not be overexposed (case in point: she doesn't even have a website) and that fact is reflected in her simple and elegant clothes.
To see some pics from Barbara Tfank's Spring 2007 collection, read more