Former First Lady Michelle Obama put away her vacation clothes and workout gear to make one of her first major public appearances since leaving the White House at the ESPY awards Wednesday night.
Fashion fans – and the audience in Los Angeles – loved it.
Obama wore a little black dress with a pretty big impact – a form-fitting, mid-length, long-sleeve dress by Cushnie et Ochs with asymmetrical cutouts on the bodice, according to WWD. Black, strappy Gianvito Rossi heels, statement earrings by Jennifer Fisher and a sleek hairstyle polished off the edgy look.
Flawless, fashion critics gushed.
“When it comes to style, this woman deserves a spot in the hall of fame,” wrote InStyle magazine.
The audience gave her the loudest ovation of the night when she walked out to honor the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver for founding the Special Olympics.
Meanwhile, Twitter melted down.
“I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman, a woman who believed everyone has something to contribute, and everyone deserves the chance to push themselves and find out what they are made of and to compete and win,” Obama said in honoring Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
“She knew when we gave others the greatest chance to fulfill their potential, we all win. So nearly 50 years ago, she created the Special Olympics, and over the course of her life she turned that visionary idea into a worldwide movement with competitions across the globe.”
Shriver’s son, Tim, accepted the award from Obama.
“Once a great first lady, still a great first lady,” he told Obama as the crowd cheered.
“Our mother would have loved you,” he told the former first lady. “She would have loved your forthrightness, your honesty, your toughness, your commitment also to get everybody on the playing field. She would have been so honored that you are here for her tonight as we all are.”