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On Dec. 1, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, to the first White House state dinner during the Biden administration. For such a glitzy event, the Jill reached for a designer that’s been beloved by many First Ladies that came before her.
The First Lady glistened in a custom hand-beaded navy-blue off-the-shoulder crepe floral Oscar de la Renta gown for the occasion. While Jill has chosen the American fashion house time and time again, Oscar de la Renta has a long history of dressing a number of First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy, to Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. Over the years, the brand has become a sort of sartorial tradition within the White House.
On Thursday, there were over 300 guests in attendance including some of Hollywood’s finest. Jennifer Garner and her daughter whom she shares with ex Ben Affleck were on-hand, as well as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Ariana DeBose, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Baz Luhrumann, Gabriela Hearst, Christian Louboutin, and more. Of course, they all dressed to the nines for the occasion. See all the looks, below.
Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron wore a formal tux while Brigitte opted for a pure white Louis Vuitton long-sleeve gown.
Jennifer Garner and Violet Affleck
Actress Jennifer Garner and her 17-year-old daughter Violet, with whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck, looked classically chic in their timeless black dresses. Garner chose a glamorous gown from Ralph Lauren’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, while Affleck donned a Carolina Herrera tea-length dress with subtle hearts emblazoned throughout.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Legend looked dapper in a black tux, while Teigen adorning a blush pink off-the-shoulder gown that gracefully swept over her baby bump. With embellished, bubble sleeves, the Cravings founder completed her elegant ensemble with black opera gloves and a shimmering black clutch.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrived at the White House hand-in-hand with her 25-year-old son Charles Hall. The Veep actress adorned a black velvet Monique Lhuillier gown, accessorized with gold Briony Raymond baubles, styled by Kevin Michael Ericson.
Anna Wintour and Baz Luhrmann
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann arrived at the White House with fashion editor Anna Wintour who wore a vintage Chanel black gown from 1983, riddled with built-in layered necklaces, belts, and bracelets.
Fashion designer Gabriela Hearst attended the state dinner in a sculptural black and white graphic design from her recent Spring/Summer 2023 collection, featuring an asymmetrical metallic gold embellishment. She arrived alongside Chloé Senior Advisor Stephanie Lasnier de Lavalette.
French designer Christian Louboutin attended the White House state dinner wearing a navy blue suit with black lapels.