President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to welcome French President Francois Hollande for a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2014.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to welcome French President Francois Hollande for a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2014.

*Michelle Obama wore a powder blue and black lace gown by Carolina Herrera for last night’s State Dinner at the White House, which had as its guest of honor French President Francois Hollande.

Fashion blogs this morning took special note of the detail in her black beaded and blue silk ensemble.

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Mary J. Blige performed at this year’s event, which included guests Rev. Al SharptonJ.J. Abrams, Bradley Cooper, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Secretary of State John Kerry.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama pose with French President Francois Hollande as he arrives for the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama pose with French President Francois Hollande as he arrives for the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Hollande’s three-day state visit to the US, which is designed to underscore historic ties and a burgeoning security relationship between America and its oldest ally, takes place as he tries to shrug off embarrassment over his love life. 

Hollande attended the dinner alone because his affair with French actress Julie Gayet was exposed by Closer magazine in January, leading to the break-up of his relationship with girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler.

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Singer Mary J. Blige, and Kendu Isaacs, left, arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande, at the White House in Washington D.C.

Singer Mary J. Blige, and Kendu Isaacs, left, arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande, at the White House in Washington D.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Al Sharpton and Aisha McShaw arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Al Sharpton and Aisha McShaw arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande, at the White House in Washington D.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014