Sasha just celebrated her 15th birthday on June 10, 2016. Her parents will be staying in the Washington, D.C area for the next 2 years while Sasha completes high school at Sidwell Friends School.
The guiding principle seemed to be “princess moment,” as both girls selected super-romantic gowns from designer Naeem Khan recent collections. Naeem Khan immigrated from India as a teen, First Lady Michelle Obama wore aNaeem Khan gown to the first 2009 Indian State Dinner. Malia, 17, chose a simple, sophisticated blush gown with a sweetheart neckline and allover crystal beading, Sasha, 15, went for something a little bolder, deciding on a beaded lace andappliqué ballgown in shades of cranberry, turquoise, black and beige.
Serendipitously, one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, Jason Wu, (Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s 2009 and 2013 Inaugural gowns) was raised in Vancouver, so she chose a long, strapless gown with a floral print that he custom-made for the occasion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, meanwhile, opted for a gown by Lucian Matis, a celebrated Toronto-based designer who immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1999. The vibrant purple dress was a colorful counterpart to the sea of black tuxedos, with pink and orange beading, cap sleeves, and a subtle train.