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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.

Jill Biden: The Other White House Hottie

[ 1 ] January 20, 2009
Joe & Jill Biden at the Neighborhood Ball, Jan.20, 2009 (AP Photo)

Joe & Jill Biden at the Neighborhood Ball, Jan.20, 2009 (AP Photo)

While all eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama during the inauguration ceremony, Jill Biden dressed-to-impress too.  She made it clear she is not playing second fiddle when it comes to style.  The Second Lady was absolutely radiant all day and night.  She made a brilliant choice for the evening with a poppy-red strapless chiffon evening gown designed by Reem Acra, a Hollywood favorite.  Biden clearly understands that red is a stand-out color for her.  It compliments her vibrant, high-spirited personality.  This woman is clearly comfortable in her own skin, unencumbered by her age or status.  At 57-years-old, Biden still maintains a youthful vivaciousness and dresses in a manner that belies her age without crossing the line.

Jill Biden’s choice for the daytime inauguration ceremony was wonderful too.  She wore a bright red coat (and knee-high black boots) helping her stand out amongst the ubiquitous black coats sweeping across Capitol Hill.  Her bold, yet elegant and age-appropriate fashion choices sent a strong message to the fashion world, who will no doubt pay more attention to her.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrive for the Inauguration ceremony, Jan.20, 2009

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrive for the inauguration ceremony, Jan.20, 2009 (AP photo).

I would give an honorable mention to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  She was elegance personified in a mauve ensemble accessorized with a string of large, pink and purple-hued Tahitian pearls.

This was truly an historic moment in world history.  As far as fashionistas are concerned these ladies rose to the occasion.  The White House now boasts a bevy of smart, attractive women who can play the part of muse for the fashion industry.  Michelle Obama made a subdued, elegant choice with her sunny yellow coat and dress, designed by Cuban-American Isabel Toledo.  I must admit, I expected more glamour from the First Lady who made a rather conservative choice, perhaps due to the current economic crisis?  Daughters Sasha and Malia were stunning and adorable (an interesting combination) in their bright J. Crew coats.

Michelle Obama: Inauguration Dress Ideas

[ 0 ] January 18, 2009
The store that carried this dress reported a sharp spike in sales after Obama wore it on a television talk show.

The store that carried this dress reported a sharp spike in sales after Obama wore it on a television talk show.

Not since the original fashionista, Jackie Kennedy, have people looked to the White House for style inspiration.  And inspire she does.  While Michelle Obama has stated repeatedly that fashion is not her primary focus, she has quickly become the industry’s top muse, a sacred pedestal usually reserved for high-profile starlets and supermodels.  It is no wonder, since the woman wears clothes exceptionally well thanks to her tall, svelte figure – big booty notwithstanding!  Like Obama, the fashion industry is walking tall as she gives American designers a much-needed profile boost.

Designers are hovering around the soon-to-be First Lady, anxious to dress her for Inauguration night.  Will she choose haute couture or ready-to-wear?  Given the current (dismal) state of the economy, she will likely opt for the latter or find a clever middle ground – perhaps a cost-conscious label that whips up a First Lady special?  She has already demonstrated a penchant for up-and-coming designers like Thakoon and off-the rack items such as the $148.00 dress, shown right, by Donna Ricco.

Women’s Wear Daily is also having fun with this, asking dozens of designers to sketch what they envision the First Lady wearing on Inauguration night.  Most of Obama’s favorite designers, including Thakoon, have declined WWD’s request likely because they are top contenders who need to keep their ideas under wraps (no pun intended).

A svelte suggestion by Carolina Herrera

A svelte suggestion by Carolina Herrera

A red-hot idea from Monique Lhuillier

A red-hot idea from Monique Lhuillier

While Obama is expected to wear American on Inauguration night (as she should) she may very well embrace international design too, especially when accompanying the President on foreign missions.

A casual chic outfit from Pink Tartan - perfect for a meeting with our PM's wife - without the headscarf!

A casual chic outfit from Pink Tartan's S/S 2009 collection.

Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a diplomatic choice during her first state visit to the UK, wearing outfits from French design house Christian Dior – their head designer, John Galliano is British.

When Michelle Obama accompanies the President on his first official visit to Canada, I would like to see her dressed by a young, innovative Canadian label such as Pink Tartan.  Its designs may be described as preppy chic with an elegant, sophisticated twist, tailor-made for the First Lady.  The outfit shown to the right would be perfect for a one-on-one meeting with our Prime Minister’s wife (without the headscarf, of course).

Michelle Obama is in the enviable position of choosing from a vast array of Inauguration dress ideas.  She can pretty much wear anything and pull it off with grace, elegance and her own brand of sophistication.  Whatever she decides, it is sure to represent the epitome of classic American chic.


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