Michelle Obama: First Lady of fashion

Michelle Obama wows the critics with inaugural style

Yesterday may have been all about the new President of the United States, Barack Obama, but the eyes of the world were also on his ever-stylish wife, Michelle, and her spot-on sartorial choices.

Already a firm favourite with the fashion press, the new First Lady has impressed from the word go for her savvy ability to mix both designer (Narciso Rodriguez, Moschino and Thakoon have proved favourites), alongside high street labels (she wore top-to-toe J Crew for this week’s kids inaugural ball).

However, there has never been so much anticipation surrounding her style, or a modern-day political event for that matter, as there was for yesterday’s inauguration, where she did not disappoint.

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First up, Michelle officially became First Lady in a custom-made Isabel Toledo sheath and matching coat, Jimmy Choo teal heels and J Crew leather gloves.

Initially baffling commentators (was the outfit gold, lime, yellow?), it was down to Toledo to explain her hue of choice, ‘I called it ‘lemongrass‘ because it’s not exactly a yellow, it’s not a green, it’s just in-between. It’s full of sunshine. It really feels like freshness to me.’

Of the bright shade, she added, ‘[It is] a hopeful colour that is so to the core of the beginning of things. It could have been blue, red and more in keeping with tradition, but I really felt we could do something different.’

The consensus was positive though, with many noting that Obama got the style spot on – she was elegant, yet the look was fresh, and modern.

Onto the first of ten inaugural balls, where the new President beamed as he greeted the crowds and asked them, ‘How good-looking is my wife?’

Looking simply stunning, she joined him in a floor-length Jason Wu one-shouldered ivory gown.

Embellished from head-toe with white rosette detailing, the intricate design was a surprise to many, who predicted that she may have opted for a more established designer than Wu, who has been working in the fashion industry for just three years.

The choice was a typical one though for the First Lady, who has often championed smaller designers, never relying on big names for her big moments.

Reflecting on the day, Keren Eldad of the Los Angeles Times, summed up the mood when she stated, ‘The Obamas as a family looked lovely, united, and glamorous. And glamour is a message of hope and of determination. I think they owned it, and they’ve earned it.’

It’s official: politics is officially back in style.

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