Michelle Obama Dress and Inauguration Day Fashion
The inauguration of Barack Obama has drawn millions of people to Capitol Hill, as well as the most enigmatic figures in politics and popular culture. For some, this day not only represents a transfer of leadership and the turning of a new leaf for American people, but a fresh perspective on fashion thanks to Michelle Obama, a worldwide style icon.
Michelle Obama wore a pale yellow shift dress and matching coat by Isabel Toledo, a Cuban born designer based in New York. She paired the distinguished wool lace dress with bright green Jimmy Choo 'Glacier' kitten heel pumps, pale green J. Crew gloves and a striking necklace to celebrate the swearing in of her husband as the 44th President of the United States. A vision of optimism.
Mrs Obama, known for her bold choice of colours, has worn yellow tones in several previous public appearances. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last October she wore an entire outfit of co-ordinated yellow: a demure two-tone yellow cardigan over a yellow print blouse with yellow skirt. Then, just yesterday, she wore a different yellow cardigan for the We Are The Future Concert at the Verizon Center in Washington to honour military families.
Malia and Sasha wore brightly coloured royal blue and pink J. Crew coats, looking polished and much more mature than their ages.
Singer Aretha Franklin performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and wore a noble gray hat adorned with a bedazzled bow.
Michelle and Barack Obama are scheduled to attend 10 inaugural balls tonight, and it remains to be seen if the new First Lady will make any costume changes throughout the evening.
Since embarking upon the campaign trail, Michelle Obama has been identified as a style icon for her fashion-forward ensembles, unique style and affordable choices. She has made headlines for wearing J. Crew outfits and refined dresses by designers like Thakoon.
The tall and athletic first lady in waiting is known for her iconic style, which so far has emphasized kitten heels (Michelle Obama is quite tall at 5'11"), brooches, cardigans and sharp dresses and suits.
The First Lady may be a fashion icon with a possible Vogue cover coming up, but she remains both practical and realistic:
The First Lady-to-be seems to prefer secrecy about her outfits. She wore a Maria Cornejo coat on Saturday on the train ride to Washington, which was a pleasant surprise to the designer. On Monday, Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha then turned up in J. Crew and its children's label Crewcuts at the Jonas Brothers concert for the "Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future" event.
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