Michelle Obama Branches Out in Europe

But she broke down and wore an American designer Friday.
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But she broke down and wore an American designer Friday.
Michelle Obama in Michael Kors. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Michelle Obama in Michael Kors. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

On a European publicity tour with her mother and daughters Sasha and Malia this week, Michelle Obama paid homage to the cities she visited with some European wardrobe updates.

During her two-day visit to London, she wore dresses from local labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane. She wore a dress from another London-based designer, Duro Olowu, to arrive in Milan on Wednesday, and donned a Missoni dress to visit the Milan Expo on Thursday. While her daughters have worn dresses from the likes of Kate Spade and American Apparel, Obama has been pointedly non-American in her fashion choices.

Until Friday that is, when she either ran out of European labels to wear or wanted to ward off potential criticism for failing to champion American designers abroad. She wore a red Michael Kors shirtdress upon arriving in Venice, making a stop to visit mothers-to-be at the U.S. and NATO military base in Aviano.

Apart from the change-up in designers, Obama has not used the trip to take any sartorial risks, sticking to her favored knee-length, A-line silhouettes and intricate prints.

Greater fashion risks were taken elsewhere by the likes of Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Sofia Coppola. See the FLOTUS's looks, and the rest of the week's best dressed ladies, below.