Dear Mrs. Obama: Four Designers We’d Love To See You Wear

January 25, 2009 • Magazine

Dear Mrs. Obama: Four Designers We'd Love To See You Wear

Dear Mrs. Obama: Four Designers We'd Love To See You Wear

Sat, 2009-01-24 08:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Last week the most stylish first lady since Jackie O. moved into the White House – and the next four years are bound to be filled with plenty of fabulous ensembles worn by Michelle and her two adorable daughters. Of course, she’s already known for her penchant for pushing the fashion envelope in an elegant yet accessible way, given her previous choices of under-the-radar designers like Thakoon, Isabel Toledo, and Jason Wu along with mass market brands like J.Crew and White House/Black Market. And while she does make bold sartorial statements, her vibrant and unique personality always shines through. Here are four more designers we think belong in her White House closet:

Sari Gueron: Her little dresses are feminine without being girly and sweet without being saccharine, making them ideal daytime pieces for a First Lady. We especially like this little black dress with embroidered sleeves and this slightly retro scarlet top with a bow at the neckline. Wouldn’t Michelle look just stunning in this color?

Zac Posen: As America’s leading lady, Michelle is going to need plenty of chic night time ensembles, and Zac Posen’s contemporary cocktail frocks certainly fit the bill. We could see Michelle looking amazing in this deep blue ombré dress or this citrus yellow sheath – not many women can pull off this hue, but yellow is definitely Michelle’s color.

Marchesa: Of course, she will need a variety of black tie ensembles for all the state dinners, balls, and other glamorous events she’ll attend, and something by duo behind the Marchesa label would be divine (after all, they have already proven their mastery of red carpet dresses). For instance, this ruffled red gown would be simply striking on Michelle – her height and figure would let her wear such a dramatic style effortlessly.

Orlando Espinoza: Last but most certainly not least, we’d love to see Michelle return to her roots and wear a sleek, sculptural dress by Chicago’s own Orlando Espinoza, particularly this ultra modern black dress with silk sleeves. The color and silhouette mean business, but the flattering fit gives it just enough sex appeal to keep the overall look from being too severe, especially if she pairs with a colorful pair of heels or bright satin clutch.

1. Sari Gueron Ruffle Embroidered Sleeve Dress $1620
2. Sari Gueron Long Sleeve Top with Scarf Detail was $825, sale $247.50
3. Zac Posen Ombré Jersey Dress $1950
4. Zac Posen Stretch Crepe Belted Dress $1450
5. Notte by Marchesa Ruffled Silk Halter Gown $935
6. Orlando Espinoza Long Sleeve Princess Seam Dress With Silk Sleeves $586 (30% Off – Use Code: WINTER30)

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