So now that the big mystery is over…what did you think of First Lady Michelle Obama’s fashion choices throughout the day? Is she still a fashion icon? Did she deliver in the style department?
She started the festivities a little on the predictable and safe side for someone that has a penchant for Azzedine Alaïa belts and eye-catching colors. I was hoping she would wear something more playful and fashion forward to the concert on Monday, but she redeemed herself today at both the ceremony and the Inaugural Ball. The lemon Toledo dress and coat fit her beautifully and I loved that she totally went for it with those green leather gloves and matching Jimmy Choo shoes!
But her real showstopper, as expected, was the Inaugural dress. While many First Ladies before her have worn white, no one has quite worn it like Mrs. Obama. The silhouette was modern without being too fashion-y and she still managed to look classic and elegant. The intricate detailing on the silk rosettes (they were hand beaded) demonstrates her appreciation for craftsmanship and high fashion and I was a huge fan of the fact that she went for a one-shouldered look. It was a very welcome and much needed departure from the stale and up-tight Inaugural gowns of the past…with the exception of Jackie Kennedy in Oleg Cassini of course! On a final note, I also want to point out how much I admire Michelle for bringing attention to lesser-known designers and for showcasing the work of some of this country’s best minority designers.
Her fashion choices on this historic day not only showcased her fashion prowess, but also her confidence and class.
Welcome to the White House!