Like most of America, I was glued to my TV yesterday watching inauguration coverage. As an event planner, I love the pomp and circumstance surrounding inauguration day - the ceremonies, the traditions, the parade, the balls. And on this historic day, I wanted to say I was watching. But let's face it, what I really wanted to see was Michelle Obama's outfits. I have always admired Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for both her sense of style and her wisdom. No one knew how to dress better than Jackie. And now, we have a stunning, young, modern First Lady once again. I am excited to see how Michelle Obama's style translates into American fashion over the next four (and hopefully, eight) years and beyond.
Mrs. Obama's dress for the swearing-in ceremony was a beautiful shade of yellow, a sheath style with matching coat designed by Isabel Toledo, was not only stylish but practical. The designer took extra measures to ensure the First Lady would be warm during her extended time in the chilly Washington air. And she certainly stood out in the sea of red, blue and black that more conservation political types are known for.
The First Lady's stunning white asymetrical gown was the highlight of the balls last night. Even President Obama remarked, "How good-looking is my wife?" as the couple entered the Neighborhood Ball. The President looked equally dashing in his notch-collar tuxedo and white bow tie. Mrs. Obama's gown was designed by Jason Wu, a 26-year-old designer who has only shown collections since 2006. What an honor!
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(photos from the Associated Press)