The Obama family touched down in Havana, Cuba yesterday afternoon for their historic three-day trip to the island. Diplomatic relations now restored, it’s the first time an American president has visited the country since Calvin Coolidge’s trip in 1928. First Lady Michelle Obama arrived wearing a dotted A-line floral-printed dress that was designed by the Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera—and totally on point for spring, despite the rainy weather.
It’s not the first time the FLOTUS has opted to wear Herrera. Back in September, she donned an especially elegant pastel blue cowl neck dress to greet Pope Francis in Washington D.C. Another memorable sartorial choice was the powder blue and black lace gown she wore for the 2014 state dinner in honor of French President François Hollande. And then there was, of course, the navy blue and silver sleeveless Pre-Fall 2013 number she wore to a dinner in Berlin.
But back to Cuba, the colorful island has become a bit of a fashion fascination of late. Chanel will be presenting its Cruise 2017 collection on May 3 in Havana. It will be the first major fashion show in the city, and the first time the French label has staged a production in Latin America. (Lagerfeld has presented cruise collections in Seoul, Miami, Venice, Dubai, and Singapore in the past.) And remember Stella McCartney‘s Cuban-themed (and rum-fueled) Resort 2016 presentation in Nolita? Proenza Schouler also looked to the island for its Resort collection, which was fitting considering Lazaro Hernandez, one half of the design duo, has Cuban roots.
Whether the FLOTUS will sport designs by Cuban-American designers Narciso Rodriguez (whom she’s worn in the past) or Isabel Toledo is yet to be determined, but whatever she steps out in will be likely impossibly chic, as usual.