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August 21 2014

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Happy Birthday, Dear FLOTUS

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Fashion followers have seen back-to-back birthdays this week: Yesterday, Kate Moss celebrated her thirty-ninth, and today Michelle Obama will be blowing out the birthday candles—forty-nine, to be exact. While we’d imagine Moss and the FLOTUS have little in common, they’re both under a microscope when it comes to their clothing choices. With President Obama’s upcoming inauguration (which is set for Monday), every news source under the sun has weighed in on what MOBama should wear to the inaugural ball (Style.com included). And while the explosion of press may seem overzealous, it’s not without reason—a nod from Mrs. Obama can launch a designer from under the radar to national favorite. Will she choose Jason Wu, like she did for the 2009 inauguration (left)? Prabal Gurung? Up-and-comer Wes Gordon? (She wore one of the youngster’s jackets last year). A new talent we’ve never heard of? We can speculate all we’d like, but if we’ve learned anything over the last four years, it’s that Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe is full of surprises (think: her Lanvin sneakers and unexpected red McQueen gown); thus, we’ll just have to wait until the Obamas officially celebrate a second term to find out. In the meantime, we wish the First Lady a happy birthday.

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