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Diwali at the White House

The First Lady hosted a celebration of Diwali, a five day Hindu festival, at the White House on Tuesday. For the occasion, Mrs. O wore a dusty rose cashmere tank and embroidered skirt, both by Naeem Khan. The ensemble, from the designer's Spring 2009 collection, was previously seen here. A garland of jasmine flowers completed the look.


This Week in Mrs. O

On Thursday, the President and First Lady hosted Halloween celebrations at the White House, welcoming local trick-or-treaters and children of military families. For the occasion, Mrs. O went for a bold and festive look, pairing orange trousers with an orange and grey colorblock top. The President even catered his ensemble to the holiday, wearing a light orange button down shirt under a black sweater.

On Wednesday, Mrs. O was joined by local school children for the fall harvest of the White House kitchen garden. For her garden work, Mrs. O paired a light blue and navy top with legging jeans in "tarnish green" from AG Adriano Goldschmied.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mrs. O was joined by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita for an event to promote healthy eating, held in the State Dining Room of the White House. For the event, Mrs. O wore a pink and burgundy colorblock dress by Narciso Rodriguez. It seems Mrs. O was all about colorblocking this week!


Sunday Best

The First Family attended Sunday church services at Saint John's Church in Washington, D.C. this weekend. For the outing, Mrs. O wore a deep plum Alaia dress and jacket, paired with tall black boots. The dress was first seen during an Oprah special in 2009, here.


In the Mix


On Friday, October 11, First Lady and President Obama, joined by their daughter Malia, met with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office. Ms. Yousafzai is the young Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban a year ago. She recently published here story in a new book, "I Am Malala," available here.

For the occasion, Mrs. O wore a magenta print dress featuring a high neckline.

Update: The First Lady wears the Tracy Reese Cowl Frock in Black Magenta, available here.

First Lady Michelle Obama also joined President Obama to honor former U.S. Army Captain William Swenson, a verteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House last Tuesday, October 15.

For the ceremony, Mrs. O turned to a familiar dress: the Reid dress by Rachel Roy, first seen in June 2009, here.


Style File: Dr. Jill Biden

It is a certainty that all of you who regularly read Mrs-O consider our First Lady, Michelle Obama to be a stylish inspiration. But have you considered our Second Lady, Dr Jill Biden to be a style inspiration too? I certainly have!

Dr Biden has been turning heads since she joined the Obama campaign team in 2008. She participated in a Vogue photoshoot with female members of her family in 2008, quickly setting the stage for what she would bring to the Obama/Biden White House.

Her 2009 inaugural ceremony dress was a gray tweed shift from the brand Milly, borrowed from her daughter-in-law Hallie. The company quickly reissued the dress, renaming it the ‘Dr Biden.’ Her red strapless inaugural gown by Reem Acra was certainly a stunner, the bright classic color given a contemporary design twist for the new presidency that was beginning. A few of my friends said they preferred it to the First Lady’s gown, but there lies another tale!

Dr Biden has a wardrobe of staple ‘go-tos.’ These include suits, dresses, simple diamond jewellery, bright colors, stilettos and knee high boots. She has a bright blue draped jersey dress which is particularly stylish, and her choices of evening gowns are always spot on and appropriate for the occasion. She often wears pieces from Milly, and I’ll always remember when she selected a pair of silver Reva flats by Tory Burch for a visit with the First Lady to a food drive.

In an interview with Marie Claire magazine in 2010, her outfit was described as consisting of a “ruffled blue oxford-cloth shirt, black pencil skirt, gray jacket and leaving a whiff of Chanel Cristalle.” This sophisticated description describes Dr Biden’s style perfectly- classic and chic with a contemporary twist.

Her choice of designers for the 2013 inaugural celebrations were similarly as sophisticated. A custom Lela Rose coat and dress kept Dr Biden warm for the inaugural ceremony, and by night, she had changed into a blue Vera Wang scoop-neck gown, accessorised with a black bow belt. This choice gained Dr Biden great media coverage, with sites such as Stylelist and The Guardian declaring her gown as radiant and sophisticated.

Dr Biden has been quoted saying that it is “important for my students to see how professional women dress,” and there is no doubt that she has been successful in this mission. Dr Biden wears functional and fashionable professional clothes that women across America and indeed the world wear to their jobs on a daily basis. Like the First Lady, Dr Biden is a great ambassador for American fashion across the globe, and even though the same amount of media coverage does not follow her like her ‘First’ counterpart, there is little doubt that people are paying attention to how she dresses.

Dr Biden remains an individual to watch- both for her sense of style and her commitment to her country, profession and family. There is no doubt that she will leave a strong legacy when she exits the White House- and it will be a stylish one that.

Laura-Emily Dunn is the founder and editor of Political Style. Follow her on Twitter, here.