Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lady O, Day to Night

After much speculation on who Michelle Obama would wear on inauguration day, as anything she has worn has instantly brought national recognition to the designer of choice, our questions have been answered. She can make those only recognized in the design world, suddenly huge household names. I am really glad to say that she so strongly supports the American design industry, she is a beacon of light in troubled times.

She started the day wearing a sparkling gold sheath dress and coat by acclaimed Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, who is best known for her slightly avant-garde style. Michelle completed her outfit with green gloves from J.Crew and green Jimmy Choo pumps. It's good to see her dressed appropriately for the occasion but I only wish was that the size was one size bigger, as it seems to be pulling slightly at the bust and hips. I'm impressed she could look so chic in spite of cold weather!

I'm not really going to get into the family much but President Obama kept it simple with a classic red tie and white shirt with a suit, overcoat and an American flag pin. I wish his tailor had hemmed his pants.

Their daughters Malia and Sasha both wore Crewcuts by J. Crew wearing more accesible American fashion, that in the bright colors and cost was very age appropriate.

For the inaugaration ball, Michelle Obama wore a long one shoulder Jason Wu that featured 3-D Applique treatment. Like First Lady's Laura Bush and Jackie Kennedy, the dress choice was white. Perhaps a symbol of a fresh start? Jason Wu the young Taiwanese-American designer was an interesting choice as he only has 3 seasons behind his belt, but not entirely surprising as he was chosen as last years Fashion Group International's Rising Star award and nominated for a CDFA award. I'm not sure how I feel about this silhouette for her, as I don't find it entirely flattering (esp from the hips down). The First Lady is a beautiful, chic woman, but I'm not sure this gown best represents who she is. Wu could do better, although I do believe that the dress and Wu were discovered by Mrs. Obama at a Chicago boutique, Ikram.


Juicy said...

I did like the bright yellow Toledo ensemble on her. Didn't really notice the fit since I mostly saw pictures of her with her coat on.

As for the night Jason Wu gown, I don't know if I loved it. At first I thought it was pale yellow, which didn't really flatter her skin tone. I guess white makes more sense.

I didn't love the entire silhouette, but I loved the shoulders. She does have some awesome arms and shoulders, so it's nice to see her showing it off.

Erin said...

Good to hear your thoughts! I agree that dress wasn't a total disaster, waist up she did look great!

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