Michelle Obama is a modern first lady with a keen fashion sense. But she's also a fun mom with candy colored times — and a "mouthwash" green Rick Owens jacket. Her Lavender Toy Watch ($195) proves she's lighthearted, and shall I say a bit sporty? Kinda makes me want to don a scrumptious colored watch when I'm riding waves and/or rollerskating. Fun for all!
The Daily Front Row and The Fashion Mini — my favorite reads at New York Fashion Week — are singing Michelle Obama's fashion praises. They've released a special 116-page collector's issue dubbed Michelle Obama: 100 Days of Style ($7.49, includes shipping and handling), now also available at major bookstores and newsstands. It celebrates the first lady's first three months in the White House, from the inaugural ball to her trip through Europe. The issue also goes behind the scenes with her favorite designers. I love it — President Obama got praise for his first 100 days in office, and Michelle is being applauded not only for her philanthropy but also for her stellar style. Such a power couple!
This week the Obamas began their European tour. All eyes were on Michelle to see what she packed and loaded onto Air Force One. First stop: London, where the presidential couple met with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, as well as the Queen. Favorites like Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo made appearances, while a couple surprises ensued. Let's see Michelle's Euro style! P.S. France is next on the agenda. Can you imagine the fabulousness of Michelle and Carla Bruni chatting over croissants?
She could have chosen any American great: Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors . . . the list goes on. But she chose a newcomer, Taiwan-born Jason Wu. It's safe to say the 26-year-old designer just got a major career boost. The white, one-shouldered flower applique dress is very, very pretty. And what a breath of fresh air it is. Some are saying it's bridal-esque, others are saying that, on the flip side, it's sexy. I say it's both, and neither in a bad way. And let's not forget: Obama's black and white tux is immaculate — has he ever looked more handsome?
The gown is frothy, totally feminine. But is it first lady apropo? I think we've learned by now that Michelle makes up her own style rules. Over the next four years, she'll be breaking any first lady preconceived notions. Isn't that what change is all about? Michelle is destined to be the belle of every inaugural ball tonight.
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Yellow. Lemongrass, to be exact. It's a known fact that yellow is an uplifting, optimistic color. What better choice, then, for the new first lady for the swearing-in ceremony this morning. While her tots wore colorful J.Crew Crewcuts (so cute), Michelle continued the delight in a custom Isabel Toledo coat and dress. The Cuban-born designer did not know this would be Michelle's choice today — imagine the designer's delight.
The delicious design was quite luxurious, made of Swiss wool lace, backed with netting for warmth, and lined in pale pink French silk. About the cheery color, “I wanted to pick a very optimistic color, that had sunshine,” Toledo said. Michelle didn't stop the color there. Her olive green leather gloves and teal Jimmy Choo shoes were unexpected additions. I know everyone is comparing Michelle to Jackie O, but Jackie would definitely approve of this. What I adore most about Michelle's look is the texture, the slight overall sparkle, and fancy neckline. Not in a long while has a first lady experimented with color, texture, and embellishments.
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It's official — Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States! While celebrites continue to pledge their allegiance, the fashion world's eyes are on First Lady Michelle Obama. Let's discuss her savvy choice for the We Are One concert on Sunday.
She decided on one of her American favorites: Narciso Rodriguez. Michelle is quite secretive about her fashion choices — most designers don't know about them in advance and are overjoyed when they see their goods worn by the First Lady on TV. But Narciso created two custom looks for Michelle's pre-inauguration festivities.
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