Suit & Tie! Michelle Obama Sweetly Fixes Barack's Bow Tie During Chinese State Dinner
The Obamas’ Chinese state dinner brought out some big names to the White House on Friday.
The event – dubbed An Evening of Lobster, Lamb, and Ne-Yo – honored China’s President Xi Jinpling and his wife, Peng Liyuan, inside the East Room with a guest list of 200.
Michelle Obama stunned in a custom off-the-shoulder black gown by Vera Wang. The black silk crepe mermaid design featured an architectural V neckline and tulle sleeve accented by hand draped silk textural organza pleated skirt. President Barack Obama looked dashing in a black tuxedo.
Stars in attendance included designer Phillip Lim, Lee Daniels, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan.
Ne-Yo, who is part Chinese, provided the entertainment with a 20-minute performance for the distinguished guests also including Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill, Secretary of State John Kerry, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Misty Copeland, Mark Cuban, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings.
The four-course meal featured a menu “highlighting American cuisine with nuances of Chinese flavors” prepared by Guest Chef Anita Lo, White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison.
Guests dined on wild mushroom soup with black truffle, poached Maine lobster with leek rice noodle rolls, grilled lamb with baby broccoli, and poppy seed bread and butter pudding with Meyer lemon curd litchi sorbet for dessert.
“May [American and Chinese people] work together like fingers on the same hand in friendship and peace,” POTUS toasted at the black-tie gathering.
Earlier in the day, the two first ladies visited the Smithsonian’s National Zoo where they named a newborn panda cub, Bei Bei. The name, pronounced “bey-bey” similar to Beyoncé, translates to “precious treasure.”