A Complete Guide to Michelle Obama’s UK Wardrobe, from Tom Ford to Peter Som

After much hullabaloo around her wearing a British designer to the State Dinner, the First Lady made careful choices around when she wore American designers, and when she favored British talent.

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After much hullabaloo around her wearing a British designer to the State Dinner, the First Lady made careful choices around when she wore American designers, and when she favored British talent. On the first leg of her UK tour with the President, Mrs. Obama arrived in Ireland wearing a travel-friendly, printed ensemble by American designer Peter Som.
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In Ireland, the Obamas enjoyed a Guinness at the pub, and Mrs. Obama again wore an iconic American designer, Marc Jacobs, coupled with a chic classic trench.
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Once the First Lady set foot in London, however, she opted for an extremely chic suit by a British label, Preen, that actually favors New York Fashion Week over London.
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Mrs. Obama wore an icy-blue tea dress and lavender bolero by Los Angeles-based designer Barbara Tfank for a lunch at Winfield House (the resident of the U.S. ambassador) and for her highly publicized meeting with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge beforehand.
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When the Obamas headed to Westminster Abbey to pay their respects to the Unknown Soldier, with the First Lady switched to a British talent: a violet dress by London-based designer Roksanda Illincic (paired with a coat by America's own Narciso Rodriguez).
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The opus ensemble for the grand tour -- an ivory Tom Ford evening gown with slightly retro opera-length gloves for the state banquet with Queen Elizabeth (also in cream) and Prince Phillip. Tom Ford is an insider-favored American designer who has strong ties to London -- even stating his preference to show his Spring 2012 collection to an intimate group there this fall.
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Michelle Obama wore a black and white dress by New York-based Tracy Reese to co-host a barbecue for members of the military with the Prime Ministers' wife, Samantha Cameron.
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After getting some flack for wearing a crimson evening gown by British label Alexander McQueen during a state dinner in DC last month, Obama went with McQueen again for an appearance at Oxford University.
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For a dinner at Winfield House in honor of the Queen, the First Lady wore a black, off-the-shoulder custom Ralph Lauren gown, along with plenty of sparkle.
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For her final appearance at the London airport, Mrs. Obama closed the designer loop by wearing a purple dress and matching coat by American designer Peter Som.
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