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Michelle Obama: Perfection in Winter White

[ 0 ] January 21, 2009 |

Michelle Obama seemed ethereal on the night of the inauguration:  A modern-day princess who dazzled her people and Prince Charming/President.

Obamas attend Homes States Ball, Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo: Huffington Post).

Obamas attend Home States Ball, Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo: Huffington Post).

The First Lady proved winter white is remarkable when designed properly (read: doesn’t look like a wedding dress).  She also demonstrated, once again, that she is a stylish force to be reckoned with, further whetting the appetite of the American fashion industry.

Obama made a terrific turn from the elegant but subdued daytime ensemble worn during the swearing-in ceremony and parade.  In what has become her trademark, she looked beyond established Fifth Avenue designers choosing a full-length, empire waist gown made by Taiwan-born, Manhattan-based designer Jason Wu.  The 26-year-old is highly regarded by the fashionable set.  Obama’s choice will likely catapult him into fashion stardom, much like Narciso Rodriguez (Wu’s former boss) after he designed the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s wedding dress.  Yet another link to the legendary Kennedy clan.

The Jason Wu-designed gown shows off Michelle Obama's toned arms (AP Photo/Pablo Monsavais)

The Jason Wu-designed gown shows off Michelle Obama's toned arms (AP Photo)

The expectations were quite high for the First Lady.  She had to deliver glamor without appearing ostentatious in light of the current economic malaise affecting Americans and people around the world.  Obama.  Delivered.  Perfectly.  The one-shoulder Grecian-inspired gown showed off her toned arms (seems those early morning workouts paid off).  The cream color was an interesting, albeit surprising choice given her preference for jewel tones.  The desire to surprise is something she shares with her husband.  Earlier in the day, the couple unexpectedly jumped out of their Cadillac limousine (aka The Beast) during the Inauguration Parade to greet the crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Michelle Obama's hottest accessory - after the President, of course (AP Photo).

Michelle Obama's showstopping cocktail ring (AP Photo).

As for the jewelry, Obama made exquisite choices which further accentuated the ethereal look of her soft, flowing gown.  She wore a showstopping, oversized cocktail ring on her right hand.  The ring was so large she had to remove her wedding ring.  Nice problem to have…

Michelle Obama's Indian-inspired bangles (Getty Images Photo)

The ethereal look is complete with a cluster of Indian-inspired bangles (Getty Images).

Her look was complete with beautiful diamond drop earrings and Indian-inspired fine bangles, likely made of white gold.

For a woman who maintains she has no intention of becoming a fashion icon, Michelle Obama is proving to be quite the tease for trendsetters and followers.

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