SCERVINO AT NIGHT: Agnese Landini, the wife of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, paid tribute to her long go-to designer on the occasion of the State Dinner on Tuesday night at the White House, hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Landini wore an Ermanno Scervino crêpe de chine bustier gown layered with black lace and embroidered with crystals. Earlier in the day for a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn, Landini wore a green lace short-sleeve Valentino dress. She had also worn a rose-colored Valentino dress for her arrival in Washington, D.C., on Monday night.
Renzi and his wife often wear designs by Scervino, whose headquarters are in Florence, and they have both attended the designer’s shows. Last year, Landini wore looks by Scervino on an official visit to Japan with her husband to meet Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Scervino also represents the country in the sports arena, as the official designer of off-field uniforms of Italy’s national soccer team in a partnership for the UEFA European Football Championship in France this year, which will continue with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
On Wednesday, Donatella Versace, who dressed Michelle Obama in a custom-made gown designed especially for her, said: “I am humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to dress the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Thank you, Michelle, for all the things you have done for America and for the world, and especially, for empowering and inspiring women everywhere.” Obama wore a fitted, floor-length, rose gold chainmail gown with delicate draping details and asymmetric off-the-shoulder neckline. Versace said it took 480 hours of work to complete the look.
Renzi wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo. The designer attended the dinner and was part of the delegation of notable Italians accompanying the Prime Minister in the trip.