A trip to Morocco merits a mini wardrobe overhaul, and First Lady Michelle Obama has added Proenza Schouler and now Altuzarra to her diplomatic style portfolio. On Tuesday in Marrakech, the political figure and her teenage daughters transitioned into their evening looks at a dinner with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (above, right of Obama).
The cause for the stately affair of course took priority—the visit helped continue Obama’s Let Girls Learn global tour—but her paisley print Altuzarra frock with pearl adornments took center stage as the 52-year-old Harvard Law School graduate posed with fellow female leaders.
Gleaming in their own right, sisters Malia, 17, and Sasha, 15, got a taste of mom’s important work and were also on hand at the dinner, each dressed in graphic, maroon-toned dresses that appropriately blended in with the country’s traditional garb.
Between a lavish display of fare we’re sure was unforgettable, not to mention a gorgeous arrangement of florals, Obama and Princess Lalla presumably chatted about the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $100 million investment towards the education of young women in Morocco.
While Malia and Sasha watched nearby, Meryl Streep also took a seat at the table. The Oscar-winning star joined Obama and actress Freida Pinto earlier on Tuesday for a conversation with local girls about the power of education. “It was especially interesting to me to come to Morocco, because I’m aware that here in this country, there is a special push in order to enable girls beyond primary level education to go on to secondary school, to university. And I want to help that happen all over the world,” Streep told girls in the crowd, according to an official statement from The White House.
Obama shared similar empowering sentiments. “Those 62 million girls who are not being educated around the world impact my life in Washington, D.C., in the United States of America. Because if we aren’t empowering and providing the skills and the resources to half of our population, then we’re not realizing our full potential as a society, as mankind,” she added.