15 posts tagged "Inauguration"
It doesn’t just seem like every celebrity and requisite hanger-on is currently being part of history in Washington, D.C.,—they really all are there. Of course, there are exceptions. Some very famous people have other things to do, like work to promote their Oscar-contending films. Still, not being a Mall rat didn’t stop Meryl Streep from showing her extreme joy over the momentous inauguration at last night’s premiere of Doubt in Paris by sporting Catherine Malandrino’s Flag dress, a signature look from 2001 that the designer recently reissued for her decade anniversary. Though a group of worthies no less than Madonna, John Galliano, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone have all worn Malandrino’s flag motif wares, Streep’s impeccable timing (and the sheer fact that she’s Meryl Streep) makes the Doubt star president of the I-Wore-the-Flag club.
The sheer number of boldfaced names flooding into Arianna Huffington’s inaugural eve ball last night created a near riot. Desperate Housewife Dana Delany and creator Marc Cherry were smashed against one another as the crowd outside surged forward. Early arrivals like Ben Affleck and Diane von Furstenberg hid under coats and behind other guests in an attempt to avoid the red-carpet circus. But the scene inside made it worth running the gauntlet. Overlooking the Capitol Building and parade route, anticipation for today’s swearing in reached a fever pitch as the assembled masses did a midnight countdown—complete with noisemakers, hats, and hugs—to a new era in Washington politics.
Michelle Obama chose yet another New York name she’s worn before for this morning’s events. Mrs. Obama is currently wearing a lemon yellow tweed coat, cardigan, and dress from industry darling Isabel Toledo. (Memory jog: The soon-to-be first lady wore a fashion-forward black tunic and pants from Toledo for last summer’s New York fundraiser hosted by Anna Wintour and Calvin Klein.) The collarless knee-length coat and matching dress hews closely to the silhouette of yesterday’s camel and black Narciso Rodriguez look. But hey, if you know a shape works for you, we fully support sticking to it. On first glance, her choice displays a classic first lady conservatism, but we’ve learned by now that Mrs. Obama likes to add a subtle touch of edge through accessories—i.e., an Alaïa belt or a Tom Binns necklace—to spice things up. Here, however, that seems to be the slightly off-kilter addition of a pair of teal kitten-heeled Jimmy Choo pumps that don’t quite give us the shivers in the same way as the abovementioned extras. Though we suppose a Nicholas Kirkwood platform might not be appropriate for church and subsequent holding of the Lincoln bible.
When you’ve tousled the tresses of everyone from Demi Moore to Angelina Jolie, it’s hard to get starstruck. But when we talked to celebrity stylist Ted Gibson over the weekend, he was positively giddy over his next appointment: prepping Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy for a Vanity Fair shoot. “Is that not political royalty or what?” he said. Gibson has been boning up on his public figures to prepare for the opening of his new D.C. salon in conjunction with the tony Hela Spa. In celebration, his New York-based team has packed up its scissors and headed down to style out-of-town clients, taking a break from awards season to hit the big inaugural parties in D.C. “Doing inaugural hair is about striking the balance between conservatism and Hollywood,” Gibson explained. He describes his plan for Anne Hathaway’s look at the swearing in as “a little bit lady, somewhat serious, but still young and sexy. Think a deep side part, sideswept bangs, maybe a chignon in the back.” There’s no word on whether he’ll be able to lure the first lady to his chair (unlikely, as $950 haircuts may be deemed unseemly in tough economic times), but Gibson looks forward to being a part of this new phase in the nation’s capital. “I think women in D.C. could be challenged a bit,” Gibson says. “You won’t see a woman walking out of here with pink hair, but I think you will see women that have embraced the idea of change,” Gibson says. On message already, Gibson will fare just fine in this town.
And the information keeps rolling in from what we’d now like to start calling the Best Inauguration Ever—especially for fashion wonks like us. It seems that Michelle Obama has another Maria in her life in addition to her longtime go-to Pinto: Maria Cornejo. Mrs. Obama has apparently been wearing pieces from Cornejo’s avant-elegant line for some time on the campaign trail and to wisecrack with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. On Saturday, she wore a royal purple jacket in double-faced wool jersey (pictured here) custom made by Cornejo for the whistle stop train ride from Philadelphia to Washington but that’s not likely to be last we’ll see of Michelle in Zero. A spokesperson for the designer tells us that Cornejo has designed a whole range of pieces “specifically tailored” for Mrs. Obama: eight jewel-toned suits, two winter coats and three dresses.
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