Samantha Cameron gave a nod to both Britain and Italy working a demure column gown by Italian born but British based fashion newcomer Alessandra Rich pairing it shoes from good old British high street stalwart Next. Michelle on the other hand showcased her countrys special relationship with the UK, donning off-the-shoulder Marchesa by New York based British export Georgina Chapman.
And the official presidential response? Very pretty. They look better than us.
The event itself was also staged with the height of diplomacy: the menu served Bison Wellington and lemon pudd with Idaho huckleberry sauce ( to unite British and American flavours according to exec chef Chris Comerford), the musical billing saw performances from both John Legend and Mumford and Sons and on the guest list Downton Abbeys Hugh Bonneville rubbed impeccably tailored shoulders with US heartthrob George Clooney.More
Barack Obama & Michelle Obama arrive at the State dinner for the Prime Minister of Great Britain at The White House.
Harvey Weinstein and Ms. Georgina Chapman arrive for the State dinner for the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the White House on March, 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.