2008 will be remembered for lots of intriguing events, people, headlines, movies — you know, the usual as the world turns kind of stuff. But, one woman captured the spotlight, ever so subtly, and we're only going to see more of her for at least the next four years. This Chicagoian is a lawyer, wife, and mother, but she is also a style maker. Throughout the year, I started noticing her more in publications like WWD and the New York Times, and when she made Vanity Fair's Annual International Best Dressed List in July, I was all eyes.
And the fashion flock took a quick liking to her, too. Also in July, several designers held a dinner in her honor in New York. She wore a black Isabel Toledo ensemble and adorned her neck with a Tom Binns piece. There, designer Peter Som said, "Michelle and Barack are hopefully the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. And she's fabulously styled. She seems that she has an amazing sense of self. She has impeccable taste, so she is not going to need any help from anybody else."
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In August, the Democratic National Convention went down, and Michelle stepped it up in a couple notable looks. She stuck with her local favorite Maria Pinto in a turquoise sheath and you all agreed it was totally Fab. Then we saw her red and purple Thakoon floral shift. We loved it so much — it was so fun and unexpected — and Michelle was the Fab favorite of that week. To our surprise, Julianne Moore wore the same red and purple Thakoon dress in October, cementing the dress as a keeper.
Nov. 4 rolled around and one of the most highly anticipated elections in decades had everyone biting their nails. While Michelle's fiery Narciso Rodriguez dress wasn't my favorite, she made a statement. Nonetheless, the whole family was wearing the bold combination of black and red, and we were proud to have them represent our country. And, the idea of Michelle being a Vogue cover lady was very exciting.
Soon after, we caught up with stylist Robert Verdi and he talked about Michelle's controversial Narcisco dress and what he expects from the future first lady. Interesting stuff.
Most recently, WWD revealed numerous designer sketches that were drawn for Inauguration. From Oscar de la Renta to Christian Lacroix, our imaginations ran wild. Will she choose her local favorite Maria Pinto? An emerging American great like Peter Som or Jason Wu? Or maybe a creation out of left field by Moschino or J.Crew? Michelle has dabbled in all these designers. My guess is she'll wow us with something unexpected. Something modern, colorful, and hopeful.