Inauguration Anticipation

January 20, 2009 • Magazine


In the midst of such a trying time in our nation's history, it's more important than ever to find a ray of positive hope, even if it's something as seemingly trivial as guessing what Michelle Obama will wear to the next political event—be it conventions, election night, or this afternoon's occasion: the inauguration.

One thing about Michelle: she keeps us guessing. Yes, she has her favorites, namely Maria Pinto and Narciso Rodriguez, but every so often she'll throw us for a curve ball. We also know it will be an American designer in the spotlight today, a tradition embodied since the days of Jackie Kennedy. And according to WWD, word on the street is that she has purchased a Thakoon coat and dress from Ikram Chicago to wear as Barack is sworn in. We already know Michelle can rock Thakoon, and she's never one to disappoint, so we're more than excited to see how this afternoon will play out.

And Now Just For Fun: Let's see what fashion's finest are saying about the soon to be Mrs. President…

Donna Karan: “She and [Barack Obama] are not being dressed from the outside.  They are being dressed from the inside.”

Oscar de la Renta: “Mrs. Obama is not the new Jackie Kennedy. Mrs. Obama is Mrs. Obama. She is a woman of the 21st century. Not only does she have great looks, she has great brains.”

Tommy Hilfiger: “As the female representative of the United States, she will need to evolve into a more solid position as it relates to fashion and style.”

Peter Som: "I think she's amazing. 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."

Karl Lagerfeld: "Better than glamorous."

Simon Doonan: "Everyone in fashion can see she has that great physicality, where she can wear the most conservative, appropriate of clothes and she's always going to give it that extra sizzle when in fact, she's not wearing anything intrinsically different to what Laura Bush might wear."  

-Alice Hayes

Source: WWD

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