No gatecrashers - but a new hairdo for First Lady

Michelle and Barack Obama

Obamas lay on the pomp and circumstance for Mexico's President Calderon

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 13:33 ON Thu 20 May 2010

Barack and Michelle Obama threw a state dinner at the White House last night and, as far as we know, not a single wannabe reality TV star managed to sneak in without an invitation this time.

The President's new social secretary, Julianna Smoot, was in charge, and a multitude of security checks ensured there was no repeat of last November's scandal when Michaele and Tareq Salahi famously gatecrashed a similar event.

Last night's dinner, given for the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala, saw the White House on full pomp and circumstance alert. Two hundred came for dinner and 100 more joined them for dessert in a specially constructed pavilion decorated with thousands of butterflies in honour of Calderon's birthplace, Michoacam, famous for the monarch butterflies that migrate there from Canada.

Guests included the richest man in the world, Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, and one of the most photographed women in the world, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker. Others from the world of showbiz with connections across the border included comedian George Lopez, who said of the innumerable security checks, "The guy with the club was nice."

The First Lady was sporting a new 'tousled' hairdo and a one-shoulder draped gown designed by Peter Soronen. The strong sapphire blue colour meant there was no repeat of November's other embarrassment - the use of the word "nude" to describe the colour of the Naeem Khan dress she wore that night.

According to a report in today's Daily Telegraph, that description is now the subject of a sartorial "race row" because, against Michelle Obama's black skin, the pale beige colour could hardly be seen as "nude".

"We talk of nude now and there is no one colour. It's politically incorrect," Gale Epstein, founder of the US lingerie brand Hanky Panky, told the Telegraph. "Human skin tones are a whole colour palette unto themselves."

Apparently the AP news agency had to revise its reference to the dress colour from "flesh" to "champagne" after one fashion editor objected, asking: "Whose flesh? Not hers." · 

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