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First ladies stun in sapphire and teal at state dinner

March 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM ET

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Got the blues: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, pose together before the State Dinner at the White House in Washington on March 14.

By Verena von Pfetten, Styleite

While Anna Wintour was prudently recycling her Chanel couture, first lady Michelle Obama opted not only for a brand new dress, but a brand new-to-her designer.

For last night’s stated dinner hosting U.K. prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron, Michelle wore a dark teal Marchesa, featuring a short train, ruched bodice, and off the shoulder neckline. She accessorized by piling on blue, grey, teal, navy, and silver pearls (which may or may not have been part of a single necklace) and wore her hair in a clean updo.

In what we can only imagine was a coordinated move — a quick call between assistants, no? — Cameron wore a navy Alessandra Rich gown, featuring a floral pattern of small sequins, and shoes from U.K. High Street shop Next. According to the pool report, as the Camerons stepped out of their town car, Michelle Obama turned to Barack and said “They look better than us.”

We’ll call it a tie.

KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, walk into the State Dinner at the White House in Washington March 14, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
JONATHAN ERNST / Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) receive Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) and his wife Samantha (L) as they arrive for an official dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington March 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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