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Michelle Obama dazzles in blue gown ... and flats

At last night's Kennedy Center Honors reception in Washington, D.C., a glowing Michelle Obama — holding hands with president Barack Obama — stunned the crowd in a strapless, tiered, cobalt blue custom gown by Vera Wang. The first lady topped off the look with elegant chandelier earrings by Miguel Ases and a chic braided updo.The one surprise? Michelle skipped heels in lieu of glittering silver
Talk about an entrance: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House in Washington on Dec. 4, 2011.
Talk about an entrance: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House in Washington on Dec. 4, 2011.Yuri Gripas / Reuters

At last night's Kennedy Center Honors reception in Washington, D.C., a glowing Michelle Obama — holding hands with president Barack Obama — stunned the crowd in a strapless, tiered, cobalt blue custom gown by Vera Wang. The first lady topped off the look with elegant chandelier earrings by Miguel Ases and a chic braided updo.

Michelle Obama and president Barack Obama greet visitors at the Kennedy Center Honors reception.Brendan Smialowski / Pool / EPA

The one surprise? Michelle skipped heels in lieu of glittering silver flats.

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