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May192010

Stunning in Peter Soronen

Image by Paul J. Richards / Getty Images

The first lady is a vision in blue this evening, wearing a stunning one-shoulder gown by the great American designer Peter Soronen. There is a quality about this look that is pure perfection -- at once timeless and timely, embodying a thoroughly American brand of glamour. From the classic, handcrafted gown, to the impeccably chosen accessories, our first lady has never looked better. What a moment!

The azure blue gown was created using three layers of fabric -- chiffon over lame chiffon and silk. As is Peter Soronen's signature, the gown features a corset top with a lace-up back. The concept of the gown, one-shoulder aside, recalls the lavender Peter Soronen dress Mrs. O wore for the Kennedy Center Honors in December.

In an interview with the AP, Peter Soronen commented on his design: "I love the structured bodice that I do for her. I put it in a lot of my dresses. I drape, pin and stitch all that lightweight chiffon -- this look works well on the first lady." In a quote to Mrs-O.org, Soronen added, "I am honored again that our First Lady has selected my designs for the White House."

 

Update: A new detail to report! Mrs. O's shoes last evening were Jimmy Choo "Jasper" Rhinestone sandals. The first lady also wore a pair of Sutra Jewels blue sapphire and diamond earrings. Click here to hear Peter Soronen talking about the gown on Access Hollywood!

Top two images Getty Images / Bottom image Reuters

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Reader Comments (223)

WOWZASS

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterTia

You go, Mrs O! The color is stunning and the hair ADORABLE.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterheather

absolutely, positively stunning

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterlcr

I love that color and her hair style. The First Lady of Mexico looks pretty. Not my style but it's a lovely dress on her.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Stunning. I'm so pleased to see the one shoulder look on her. I've always wanted her see her in a different neckline, particularly this one. Just lovely!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterTracy

yeah! do we know her or do we know her? we all guess right. she looks scrumptious.
Mrs.T i know it is your blog but can you post this pic too.i love the way he is looking at her. swoon!

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/99994981/Bloomberg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:16 PM | Registered Commenterchrystelle

I am hyperventilating by the stunning gorgeousness of these ladies. The guys aren't bad looking either. This shade of blue is wonderful against Mrs. Obama's skin tone.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterdasie

OOOOH LA LA!!!! Love the curly do, too.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:17 PM | Registered CommenterPatient

ok.sorry Mrs.T i talk too fast. thanks for the additional pics. i love the details on the back of her dress.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM | Registered Commenterchrystelle

Our First Lady looks stunning!!! Not really feeling the First Lady of Mexico's dress, it just doesn't say state dinner to me.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM | Registered CommenterCarolinaGirl

Wow, she looks just beautiful. Gorgeous lively color, love the one shoulder, and her skin as usual just glows. Love the shimmering material of the dress. She was right to eliminate a lot of jewelry - just perfect!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Oh....my god! Amazing, amazing, amazing. Flawless!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterErin

I my gosh I cannot breathe I need a moment to catch my breath. She looks absolutely phenomenal truly amazing the hair, the make up,the dress she is truly orgasmic today. I love her so much, her skin her arms everything is on point. Lets give around of applause to Mrs. O and her hair stylist and the make up artist I cannot believe how good she looks. Never mind I take that back she was already stunning but today she hit it out of the park. This a great way to end a week of finals thank you so much Mrs. T! Good evening everyone hope every one had a pleasant day today.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:23 PM | Registered CommenterAshley Williams

Michelle's dress is beautiful and the belt really pulls it together. I love it. Her hair and make up are on point.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJestina (England)

Wow!!!!

va-va-voom!!! Spectacular dress. Looks like Cleopatra, Jewel of the Nile!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterzizi

IT ABOUT TIME YOU GUYS FINNLEY HAVE THE NEW PICES OF OUR FRIST LADY LOVE IT LOVE LOVE IT MRS OBAMA FINNELY DID HER HAIR LOVE THE BLUE DRESS LOVE HER SHOES TO THE FRIST LADY OF MIXCICO I DONT LIKE WHAT SHE WEAR IT LOOKED VERY SAMPLE NOT LOVEING THE SHIWEL SHE IS WEARRING THE SAME SHOES ALL DAY SHE DIDNT CHANGE IT SHE ONLY CHANGE HER CLOTHES.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMICHELLE

This dress is pure fun. As I said, I think based on her red dress from earlier, she was going for the "Red, White and Blue" theme.

I agree with you Shaleshea Reid, it would've been nice if Sra. Z glammed it up a little more, but she appears to be a very understated person, which is fine. I imagine it's hard to prepare to meet Mrs. O for events like this if you're not too big into fashion.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:28 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

Cute comment, Ashley. I hope you had a pleasant day with finishing your finals!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

Hopefully Nic John will like her hair:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterTia

Lovely hair and makeup. This is a cute look that she is rocking nicely and the President clearly agrees. Reminds me of the Stevie hair.

Good for Peter Soronen that Mrs. O wears another one of his evening gowns. One shouldered gowns were hot on the runway this Spring. I have looked fwd to Mrs. O rocking a one shouldered gown in a fabulous way and so glad to see her in this one. Reminds me a bit of inauguration night. However, don't love the fabric and the fit is a bit off. Seems like too much fabric. A bit bulky. She looks extra tall today. She must be wearing some high heeels.

I reallly don't like the Mexican first lady's outfit. Quite disappointing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterMrs. A

I can only imagine what went through Barack's mind when he first saw her all dressed up like that! WOWZA!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterBG01

J'adore..........OMG, sooo beautiful. The hair, the gown, the body glow, the makeup, THE EVERYTHING! simply fabulous.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:41 PM | Registered CommenterStylishgurl

WOW! This has to be my favourite! London loves Mrs O!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterMBLS

Love the bold color and the way it lies on her frame. Also love the "messy" up-do -- it's a very strong look for her!

(Is it just me or do her eyebrows look a little too thin/arched though...?)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterKristan

President Calderon just congratulated Barack Obama and the country on having Michelle Obama as First Lady. I agree!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterouapiti

I'M SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterMs. M

I don't always love Mrs O's fashion choices but this look is absolutely stunning. The style and color of the dress are breathtaking. And I LOVE the hair. It is so becoming. She also has just the right amount of accessories. This might be one of her best ever.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterMonica Barry

President Calderone just mentioned Michelle in his toast and it was very classy. I didn't get the chance to President Obama's but I hope it was as nice.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnitaW

I just flipped on C-SPAN and saw the arrival ceremony. I gasped when I saw FLOTUS in that gorgeous sparkly blue dress and with her curly coif. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

Is there a color in this world that does not look good on Michelle Obama?? If there is, I've yet to see it.

Amazing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM | Registered Commentermarabout40

Whew! Now I think I can speak. I'm literally tearing up and that means a lot coming from me! I'm moved by this woman's epitome of feminine beauty! I'm still SPEECHLESS!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterMs. M

Love the hair!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterKelly

What a lovely couple...how wonderful that we have such a beautiful and brilliant First Couple!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

beautiful and simple.

Both ladies look good and both outfits show their personalities. Its not a face off but rather two individuals with two different styles.

Love it and the hairstyle is beautiful.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM | Registered Commenterbriana

I really LOVE her hair style, loved it ;) what a stunning dress too. Wel done Mrs O!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:10 PM | Registered CommenterNic John

Mrs. O looks AMAZING!!! I especially love her hair! Another beautiful gown from Peter Soronen. Love the entire look!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:16 PM | Registered CommenterAnn_T

Queen Michelle looks lovely!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM | Registered CommenterM.M.

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love it!!

Michelle you're an inspiration!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM | Unregistered Commenterinvictus

How about her shoes, so gorgeous !
http://www.daylife.com/photo/08k0dBl3LWfXY?q=Michelle+Obama.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM | Registered CommenterNic John

IVA you shouldn't have taken the bait not that i'm telling whom to respond to or not. it is clear this person seeks to hijack the thread. don't grant him/her the opportunity.starve the beast or well when it get out of line feed him to death.

Michelle looks like a Majesty.very Royal.Ravishing.Radiant.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:32 PM | Registered Commenterchrystelle

Don't hate me guys, but I think the bodice is a bit ill-fitting on her left side and the dress should have been a tad longer. As a whole, she looks stunning and I love the new hairdo.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterDlev

Oh...my...god. I seriously got tears in my eyes seeing Michelle today. She is exquisite. I feel like I say this every time but I don't think she's ever looked better.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterBice710

Just stunning! After a while, you just sort of run out of adjectives to describe our First Lady! I mean, come on! Our Michelle does ball gowns like nobody's business, and this one is no exception. I adore this hair style. Everything is on point. I hope they have a wonderful evening tonight. STUNNING!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

OMG !!!!! I am sooooo in love with her...[removed] but she is GORGEOUS here !!! Her hair, make-up,gown, n her skin is ON POINT !!!! Her skin is glowing and so is MR. prez...U can tell by these pics...He's sooooo n love with her...Ahhhhh i cant take it she is BEAUTIFUL !!!! Oh yeah u guys have 2 look @ these pics...U cant tell me the prez isnt SWOONING over her !!!! http://www.daylife.com/photo/01Wcd4V3vv2mQ and this pic....http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/gallery_img_full/image/image_file/P051910PS-0033.jpg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:41 PM | Registered CommenterJaylanie2363

BRAVA! BRAVA! BRAVA! [Rapturous standing applause ensues]

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterDudette

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

This dress is like fire and ice! What an amazing color! Just look at how the light reflects off of that belt and fabric, like early morning sunshine dancing on a open blue sea...magical!

I am once again pleasantly surprised at how easily Mrs.O can go from sweat pants and sneakers into ballroom gowns and heels and look extremely comfortable in both. And, also loving how much this hair style is reminding me of a young Whitney Houston and Mrs.O is rockin' it!

FAB-U-LOUS
Cheers!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:44 PM | Registered CommenterRocky

I read that Eva Longorria Parker and Gayle King (Oprah's BFF) were also wearing one-shoulder gowns, in orange, though.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:44 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

GORGEOUS! Beautiful dress, sexy hair -So proud of our First Lady!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterJean

OMG, I'm in love with this lady. Speechless. Stunned. OMG!!!! OMG!!!!! OMG!!!! That second picture, OMG!!! The hair, OMG!!!! The make up!!! OMG!!! The shoes, OMG!!!!!!

OMG!!!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:51 PM | Unregistered Commentero'Coutoure

GORGEOUS from head to toe. Love the soft curls around her face along with the striking blue gown.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Maybe the glow is from a lotion.....perhaps she uses Scott Barnes' Body Bling....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

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