Thom Browne’s Second Term
Michelle Obama chose a sophisticated deep blue checked coat custom made by Thom Browne to wear to the fifty-seventh Presidential Inauguration today. (Early in the day, she paired it with J.Crew heels—a touch true to her signature high-low look—and later changed into Reed Krakoff suede boots.) This marks the third time the FLOTUS has worn Thom Browne (she first anointed the designer by wearing a printed purple look at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and also wore a black and gray lace-embellished dress to the third presidential debate last year). Considering Browne’s penchant for showing conceptual wares on the runway, Mrs. Obama’s Browne ensembles are shining examples of how the designer can translate his often eccentric looks into pieces that the American woman and, for that matter, First Lady can incorporate into her daily wardrobe. Sasha went with a Kate Spade dress coat in lilac while Malia kept warm with a J.Crew coat in vivid eggplant. At President Obama’s official swearing-in last night, the FLOTUS donned a full Reed Krakoff look (a designer she also wore in her first term, most memorably in June 2011 at the Pritzker Architecture Prize event).
Naturally, we await tonight’s big reveal, when we’ll see what Mrs. Obama wears to the Inaugural Ball. Last time around, she went with a white Jason Wu number—a choice that both elevated the designer’s career and spurred comparisons between Mrs. Obama and Jackie O, who wore a white gown to JFK’s Inaugural Ball. Jackie Kennedy famously told Diana Vreeland that she wanted to wear white because she felt it was the “most ceremonial” hue.