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Stars and pols keep it strictly chic-ly on the red carpet at Paris state dinner glamboree

Diplomacy, but make it fashion.

Some of the biggest names in politics, style and entertainment turned out Saturday for a lavish state dinner in Paris, held in honor of the historic allyship between the United States and France.

In attendance were President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, who wore a midnight blue, shoulder-baring gown with white satin fabric belted at the waist, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron, who dressed in a white sheath with mesh sleeves and a pointed-toe heel peeping from the skirt’s hemline.

John McEnroe and Patty Smyth were among the fashionable crowd at the Elysee Palace Saturday night. REUTERS

“France is our first ally and that’s not insignificant,” President Biden said, per ABC News, during his toast at the dinner on the week that marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Former American tennis superstar John McEnroe arrived at the Élysée Palace in a polished suit and tie alongside his wife, singer Patty Smyth, who sported a dark-colored frock covered in polkadots.

And they were in fashionable company — actress Salma Hayek, dressed in a glamorous floor-length gown with a billowing black skirt and sultry lace bodice, arrived with her husband, François-Henri Pinault, in tow. Pinault is the chairman and CEO of fashion giant Kering, which owns some of the largest brands in the fashion industry, such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.

Multi-hyphenate Pharrell Williams, newly minted creative designer at Louis Vuitton, arrived at the event in a belt branded with the “LV” logo. True to his Westernized design DNA, it was paired with a white, wide-brimmed hat, bolo tie and a pair of dark denim.

Pharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, attend the state dinner. REUTERS
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault arrived in style — and all black. Tom Nicholson/Shutterstock
The presidents of both US and France, along with their wives, attended the dinner to commemorate the historic allyship between the two countries. AP
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre arrived in a bright yellow frock. AFP via Getty Images
Actress Lea Seydoux attended in a navy blue gown and sparkling handbag. REUTERS

The guest list also included former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni, as well as Biden Administration press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who donned a butter yellow gown, and French actress Lea Seydoux, a vision in navy blue.