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July 26 2014

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15 posts tagged "Inauguration"

Change You Can Bedazzle

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It started before we even arrived in Washington D.C. The sun streaming through the windows of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station glinted off the backs of two journalists whose custom blacks blazers bore portraits of the president-elect comprised entirely from shiny red, white, and silver studs. At Friday’s BET Honors, one audience member wore Obama’s likeness on a crystal-laden tee. And every- where street vendors are selling out of hats, shirts, and bags bearing more rhinestones than a Dallas prom queen. Michelle Obama worked a subtle sparkle with a touch of beading on her black silk Narciso Rodriguez blouse, but tomorrow if she, say, rocks her hubby’s crystallized face on a ball gown and it will be official: This Presidential Inauguration has been brought to you by studs, Swarovski, and the Bedazzler.

Photo: Colleen Clark

Michelle in Narciso: Takes Two, Three and Maybe More

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Many of fashion’s chattering classes panned Michelle Obama’s election night dress from Narciso Rodriguez’s Spring 2009 collection. But that clearly didn’t deter the soon-to-be First Lady from giving Rodriguez another go. In fact, Rodriguez made two custom pre-inaugural looks for Mrs. Obama—the purple coat she wore to the morning service at Arlington National Cemetery and the look she changed into later on Sunday for the We Are One concert at the Lincoln Memorial—a perfectly coordinated ensemble of camel and black. She paired a camel coat with a black lining over a matching pencil skirt and black beaded silk blouse, and accessorized with sleek black leather gloves, a black scarf, Loree Rodkin earrings and a slim belt. It could be described as millenial Jackie O., striking and stylish with its fuss-free lines yet wholly appropriate. This, of course, begs the question: will it be an all-Narciso inauguration? In many ways he fits the bill quite perfectly as a youngish American designer whose clothes (with, of course, a few exceptions) flatter all figures and generally make such dedicated fans as Rachel Weisz and Claire Danes look tres chic. Will Narciso beat out First Lady-elect favorites Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, and her fellow Chi-towner Maria Pinto? What about big-name designers like Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta who are no doubt gunning for the gig? Which designer do you think Michelle Obama will choose for the big night?

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene

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Inaugurations are often a painful cocktail of mother-of-the-bride gowns and cash bars. But Obama-mania has Washington, D.C., poised for what may be the biggest party there since, well, ever. BET kicks things off on Saturday night honoring Mary J. Blige and Magic Johnson, among others at a gala at the Warner Theatre. The balls get started in earnest on Sunday with a fête honoring The Washington Post‘s African-American-focused Web site The Root, which is expected to draw Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, and possibly Oprah—though her inaugural plans have been more closely guarded than Obama himself. Mayor Adrian Fenty will be keeping things more low-key at the Embassy of Kuwait, mixing a who’s who of famous Washington wonks (Bob Woodward, Arianna Huffington), deep-pocketed potential donors (Mort Zuckerman, Ronald Lauder), and Hollywood heavyweights (George Lucas) with maybe a Tory Burch and an Elisabeth Shue thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile Shepard Fairey ups the cool quotient with a preview of his new exhibit Manifest Hope, where Santogold, Moby and De La Soul will perform. Continue Reading “Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene” »

Wear (Or Carry) Your Love For Obama

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It’s not exactly a secret that the fashion industry has a crush on the Obama presidency. Now, more than ten American designers have turned that adoration into what they do best: clothes and accessories. Sales of the official merchandise will help fund next week’s inaugural festivities. Zac Posen offers a cheeky take on formalwear, screening a bow tie and the inauguration date onto a charcoal tee. Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch both created eco-friendly canvas totes, while Alexander Wang went bold with a white scarf emblazoned with “CHANGE” in block letters. All items, which will be on sale through February, are priced under $70. They’re available online and at the Presidential Inaugural Store in Washington, D.C., at 625 E St., NW.

Why So Early, Jason Wu?

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Last night we ripped open our first New York fashion week invitation— from Jason Wu. It’s an entire month before his February 13 show, which will be at Exit Art. Could it be that the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist is so on the ball because he’s been hard at work on a special dress for next Tuesday night? Possibly so, but we’re sure he won’t tell. Still, that doesn’t spoil the fun that we’re having guessing who might dress Michelle Obama on January 20.

Photo: Marcio Madeira