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President and Mrs. Obama attended the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 4, their last attendance of the event as POTUS and FLOTUS.

While President Obama looked debonair as usual in his tuxedo, all eyes were on Michelle Obama in a striking green and pink Gucci gown.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for a reception to honor recipients of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for a reception to honor recipients of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

People were quick to wonder whether her choice of an Italian designer was her way of sending a message.

In fact, as pointed out by Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times, this is the first time the first lady has not worn an American designer’s dress to the event.

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Friedman also wondered if the reason for the choice was to show support for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who announced his resignation after voters rejected his plans for constitutional reform.

United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama applause at the beginning of a show for the Kennedy Center Honorees at the Kennedy Center, December 4, 2016, Washington, DC. The 2016 honorees are: Argentine pianist Martha Argerich; rock band the Eagles; screen and stage actor Al Pacino; gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples; and musician James Taylor. Credit: Aude Guerrucci / Pool via CNP /MediaPunch/IPX
United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama applause at the beginning of a show for the Kennedy Center Honorees at the Kennedy Center, December 4, 2016, Washington, DC. Credit: Aude Guerrucci / Pool via CNP /MediaPunch/IPX

While no one can be sure why Mrs. Obama chose this dress for this event, her garment choices are always carefully thought out.

The first lady’s stylist, Meredith Koop, told Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year that Mrs. Obama “always take into account where we are going and that country’s cultural norms. The goal is to pay tribute to each place we visit [while] never losing the spirit of the United States.”

Whatever her reason for choosing the unique green and pink gown, we think she looked absolutely stunning!

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