Michelle Obama is the First Lady of Paisley in stunning strapless dress at White House Correspondents' Dinner
06:10 GMT, 30 April 2012
Style: First Lady Michelle Obama wears a Naeem Khan gown to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC on Saturday evening
She was in the company of some of Hollywood's most glamorous women, but Michelle Obama once again proved why she holds the title 'First Lady of Fashion' at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and Kim Kardashian were among those sashaying down the red carpet at the so-called Oscars of politics on Saturday night.
But it was Mrs Obama who had fashionistas aflutter, dressed in a jewel-toned paisley organza ballgown from Naeem Khan on trend with spring's bold prints.
The first lady was wearing a modified
version of a dress from the designer's
Fall/Winter 2011 collection.
Two versions went down the runway
with a similar print – one with a twisted strap over the left shoulder;
another with a daring sweetheart neckline.
Mrs Obama instead selected a more stately design, a refined strapless gown nipped at the waist which revealed her famously toned arms.
She accessorised with a pair of of jewel studded gold hoop earrings and a large cocktail ring on her left hand.
A wispy retro bob and pink lips pulled the look together with polish.
The president and first lady enjoyed a
genial evening with the members of the press at the 98th Annual White
House Correspondents' Dinner, during which they thanked members of the media for their time and
It seemed nothing was off limits during Washington’s night of levity, which featured speeches by Mr Obama and comedian Jimmy Fallon.
The president began his address with a
wink to several 'hot microphone' instances, lampooning himself in a
monologue asking who the Kardashians are, and why exactly they are
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On the catwalk: Models wore modified versions of the gown during the Naeem Khan Fall 2011 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City
Polished: Mrs Obama arrives to the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, where she dazzled in the paisley gown, accessorised with gold hoop earrings and a cocktail ring
Trading laughs: Television host Jimmy Kimmel, left, smiles alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, right, during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner
Genial: Mr Kimmel and Mrs Obama appeared to be in high spirits throughout the evening
'What am I doing here,' he asked off stage. 'I'm opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.'
A toilet flush was then heard just before the commander-in-chief was formally introduced.
Topics discussed included the recent
Secret Service scandal in Colombia, 'dog socialism', and the state of
media today. And of course, the president didn't shy away from the
The Obamas appeared in high spirits throughout the evening, both seen throwing their heads back in laughter at the dinner table.
Honoured: President Barack Obama, second left, stands alongside Caren Bohan, right, of Reuters, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler, centre, Time's Michael Scherer, and First Lady Michelle Obama, far left
Evening of levity: President Obama delivers remarks at the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner, during which he made light of the attendance of some of the celebrity guests
High spirits: Mr Obama was seen throwing his head back in laughter and displaying a range of emotions during his speech
Looking on from the audience was an eclectic mix of Hollywood's A-list, television and tabloid stars, political and press giants.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the cast of
the hit TV show 'Modern Family,' singer John Legend, actor George
Clooney, Army Chief of Staff Gen Ray Odierno, House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor, director Steven Spielberg, and actress Zooey
Deschanel were all present.
Proceeds from the White House
Correspondents' Dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists
and awards for distinction in the profession.
The association was formed in 1914 as
a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since
Calvin Coolidge has attended.
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