Michelle Obama Opts for Lush Lavender at State Dinner

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Visits United States
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First Lady Michelle Obama spends the bulk of her time promoting education, fighting obesity, and basically getting things done. And though her day job calls for conservative wardrobe choices, there's no denying the roster of designers she wears (think Kenzo, Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, and Roksanda, to name a few) proves the woman is into fashion.

Stunning as always, Obama stepped out yesterday in a purple tulle Tadashi Shoji gown for a State Dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe. The sleeveless dress, from Shoji's fall 2015 collection, contained subtle floral detailing and billowed far into the ground. Yes, her selection was beautiful, but it was the thinking behind this look that's noteworthy. Tadashi Shoji is a Japanese-born, Los-Angeles based designer, meaning Obama perhaps slipped on the frock to further develop diplomacy between her Japanese guests.

Nicely done, FLOTUS.

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