State dinner fashion: Were there red carpet 'don'ts'?
On the red carpet before Wednesday evening's state dinner, dapper Washington was graced with glimpses of glamour.
There was the modern Chanel ensemble donned by Vogue editor Anna Wintour; the understated elegance of Vera Wang, worn by the designer herself; and, of course, a brilliant crimson dress from the late Alexander McQueen, loosely gracing first lady Michell Obama's shoulders.
And then, there was Chinese President Hu Jintao.
As Hu took his place on the carpet, the rest of us -- well, those of us watching C-SPAN and tweeting -- scratched our heads. A jacket and royal blue tie?
The Style section's Twitter noted the appearance:
Hu arrives sans tuxedo. #statedinner
And so did a few others:
President Hu Jintao, if you needed a tuxedo I would have lent you one of mine. I have a 42R, 40R and 40S
Hu wears a coat and tie to a tux event
Figure skater Michelle Kwan turned some heads in a skintight Herve Leger bandage mini dress. Some readers submitted questions to our Reliable Source live chat, asking if her look was appropriate for a state dinner.
And Kwan's Herve Leger dress was cute but more suitable for a cocktail hour than a state dinner. Why was she there anyways?
Were Hu and Kwan's looks red carpet 'don'ts'?
Tweet Tell us below or on twitter using #statedinnerdonts, and we'll post some responses back in this blog. If you're not feeling particularly chatty, view video of the state dinner toast or browse this photo gallery of the night's entertainment. Or, just take the poll:
| January 20, 2011; 11:36 AM ET
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