In Janruary, all eyes were on Washington D.C. as the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, was sworn in. Of course, the oath was flubbed and had to be repeated the next day, but you know what we mean. Aside from the important changes that this country will see as a result in the new administration, many women are pleased to see the new fashion influence we have in the form of lovely first lady Michelle Obama. Known for her interest in young up-and-coming American designers, particularly those who were born in other countries, Michelle’s outfits for inauguration day were the talk of not only the town, but the whole country.
First was the sheath dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in itself. Designed by Isabel Toledo, a Cuban-born designer, this outfit wasn’t the usual subdued colors you would expect to see at this type of event, but rather a warm and sunny tone that is being called lemon grass. This was a beautiful choice that represented the optimism and change that characterized her husband’s campaign.
For the inaugural balls, Michelle went with a gorgeous gown by Jason Wu, a young designer from New York who is only 26 years old. This cream-colored gown was notable for its one-shoulder design and will be donated to the Smithsonian. It is expected that this look will inspire designs for spring–the company ABS is already working on a gown heavily inspired by the First Lady’s stunning choice.