Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Michelle Obama's Inauguration Look Surprises Many in the Fashion World

Fashion Critics were expecting Michelle Obama to show up in colorful and edgy designs for yesterday's inauguration and last nights inaugural ball, but she surprised everyone.

Her inauguration outfit was touted by some as being a little too flashy for daytime, but overall opinion seems favorable of the Isabel Toledo lemongrass dress and coat which she teemed up with Jimmy Choo leather pumps and matching J Crew gloves.

Of special interest to my blog is her bejeweled vintage brooch at the neckline. It is so large that it looks like necklace but it is, indeed, a brooch - which we know that Michelle loves to wear.
The history on this vintage brooch is that it was sold by Carole Tanenbaum, a North Toronto vintage jewelry dealer, who sold it to a Chicago boutique that helps to dress the first lady. It looks great with the dress, but I suspect it is what the critics were talking about when they said it's too dressy for daytime. I say..."bring back the vintage!"

For the inauguration balls, most were expecting her to show up in a trendy style filled with color. She proved the predictions wrong again, though. Her choice for the evening events was a one shouldered, white full length gown by Jason Wu. The critics seem divided on their opinion of the dress, but many think it was too "debutante" in look and not sassy enough for Michelle. Regardless of whether your personal taste or your view of her "look", she did present quite a picture as she posed for this full length view.

The one shouldered style has a fitted bodice, floral appliques and sparkly beading. According to tradition, the gown is going to be donated to the Smithsonian Institution after all 10 inaugural balls. The Smithsonian has a special series of exhibitions to commemorate Barack Obama's inauguration and this dress will make a nice exhibit.

The evening jewelry was lovely. This neckline had no glitz - not really room for it in a one shouldered look. Readers of my blog know that I don't like a bare neckline with a formal gown, but, this time, Michelle seemed to pull it off.

She sported stunning chandelier earrings, which complimented the dress beautifully. They had one long row of diamonds ending in a V shaped dangle that ended just about at the one shoulder of her dress and were just stunning.

Her hand and arm was adorned with a cluster of bangles on her wrist. This has been a popular look for a while, and the bangles were simple, classy and not overstated.

The finishing touch to the jewelry was a huge cocktail ring with a large amber-yellow center stone and surrounding diamonds. She wore on her middle finger and the ring was a knockout draped over Barack Obama's shoulder at last night's ball. The signet ring is from designer Loree Rodkin who is known as the Hollywood designer to the stars. Loree has also designed pieces for Madonna, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and Rihanna. It appears that Michelle is in upscale company.

Like the looks or not, Michelle seems to have confirmed one of the colors predicted to be hot now - yellow. It remains to be seen whether the frilly, and feminine evening look will catch on with those who want to emulate her.


  1. What a nice review of the First Lady. Whenever do you have time to do this and such a nice web site?

  2. Thanks keeps me busy for sure.



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