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Michelle Obama Dons Carolina Herrera and Dines With Celebs

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At yesterday's state dinner with French President Francois Hollande, First Lady Michelle Obama went with a regal "liberty blue" ball gown from a fashion industry veteran, Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera. Yeah, America! "For all the dress's floor-length, glittering formality, it is neither stuffy nor overwrought. It exudes a confident casualness that is the hallmark of American style," writes fashion critic Robin Givhan in the Washington Post. Besides Michelle's Herrera moment, plenty of celebrities graced the dinner. Behold the following great moments in diplomacy: Stephen Colbert sits at the head table with the Obamas and Hollande! Bradley Cooper arrives with girlfriend Suki Waterhouse! Julia Louis Dreyfus chats with the real veep Joe Biden! Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles tweets it up with Mindy Kaling! See what everyone wore after the jump.

· Michelle Obama lifts up U.S. designers, elegantly around her shoulders [WaPo]
· Fashion from the state dinner: Joanna Coles, Mindy Kaling and more [WaPo]
· Bradley Cooper, Stephen Colbert among dinner guests [Politico]