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While designers across the world are focused on nabbing red-carpet credits at this month’s Golden Globe and SAG Awards, the big question here at Style.com is, Who will Michelle Obama wear to the Inaugural Ball? There’s no denying the enormous impact a MObama endorsement has on a designer’s career. Recall the surge in popularity both Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu had after dressing her four years ago for the 2009 Inauguration. While there’s no surefire way to pinpoint which designer the FLOTUS will choose this time around—and we’re all but positive that she’ll wear one-of-a-kind, not off-the-rack—we’ve nonetheless made a few educated guesses based on her past sartorial choices, and pulled looks from the pre-fall collections and Spring ’13 shows. Chances are Mrs. Obama will opt for an American designer (her decision to wear Alexander McQueen to a China state dinner last year, for example, was widely criticized). She’s also a proponent of up-and-coming talent, and many speculators have named Prabal Gurung as the top contender (she’s worn the designer’s clothes several times recently). Still, the First Lady is a fan of the old guard, too; she stunned in a red Michael Kors number on Election Night. She’s also a card-carrying member of Naeem Khan’s fan club, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see her turn up in one of his over-the-top embellished gowns on the 21st.
CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of Michelle Obama’s potential Inauguration gowns.
Front-row fashion-watchers tend to be in one season, out the next, but one woman is a fixture: Suzy Menkes. Anyone who’s been to a show has likely seen the International Herald Tribune‘s critic, her bangs flipped into that signature top-roll, typing away on her mini computer (long before any blogger picked up on the trend, it should be noted). She’s written over 1.7 million words for the Trib, where she’s served as fashion editor since 1988. She’s both a tough critic and a nurturing presence—or, to put it more bluntly, as Kate Moss did when speaking to the New Yorker, she’s “like a slightly mad auntie.” During the upcoming menswear shows at Pitti Uomo, Menkes will be awarded the Fiorino d’Oro, an honor given by the Municipality of Florence to individuals who have greatly contributed to social and cultural development. For anyone in need of a primer on Menkesism, a few key moments in her rise and illustrious career:
—Menkes attended her fist couture show—Nina Ricci—while living in Paris and studying dressmaking during her gap year between high school and university.
—While at university, Menkes would sneak into the Paris show venues at 5 a.m. and hide under the stage until she could creep out and watch the collections walk down the runway.
—In 1991, during a Michael Kors show in an apparently derelict loft, a piece of the ceiling fell on Ms. Menkes’ head. The mishap caused her to deem New York fashion week “second rate.” But there was a silver lining—the incident caused New York’s designers to show their future collections in a single, less dilapidated, location—Bryant Park.
—In the nineties, Menkes prompted what was, perhaps, one of fashion journalism’s earliest open letters when she declared that the classic quilted Chanel bag was “over.” The house took out a full-page ad in the Tribune in protest.
—In 2007, perturbed by Marc Jacobs’ infamously tardy Spring 2008 show (it began two hours late), and unimpressed with his collection, Menkes wrote a review titled “Marc Jacobs Disappoints With a Freak Show.” Naturally, a fashion feud ensued. Jacobs eventually attempted to make amends by leaving a Marc Jacobs T-shirt on Menkes’ seat at that season’s Vuitton show. The shirt featured a drawing of the designer and critic side by side, as well as a “love note.” The note she may have appreciated; the gift, maybe not. She famously refuses all gifts, saying, “I was brought up to believe a girl should never accept anything but flowers and chocolates.”
—In 2012, Menkes reached her latest pinnacle: animation. Disney artists created a cartoon Suzy to sit front-row for the festivities surrounding the Barneys New York and Disney holiday windows.
Zoe Saldana has a talent for rocking runway looks on the red carpet (the pastel brocade Prabal Gurung pantsuit she wore to the designer’s Fall 2012 show and the Givenchy Couture white dress she donned at the 2012 SAG Awards come to mind). But the actress has a knack for putting together laid-back (but no less chic) everyday outfits, too. She was recently snapped in L.A. wearing Diane von Furstenberg cargo pants, a classic white T-shirt, and a Gentsco baseball cap. Get her look with the essentials below.
From top left, below:
1.The Row T-shirt, $260, available at www.netaporter.com
2. Gents Co. baseball cap, $48, available at www.gentsco.com
3. Alexander Wang ‘Pelican’ clutch, $750, available at www.alexanderwang.com
4. Rag & Bone jeans, $330, available at www.rag-bone.com
5. Franco Sarto bootie, $79.95, available at www.dsw.com
6. Michael Kors ‘Tristan’ aviators, $135, available at www.shop.nordstrom.com
Hyoni Kang can multitask with the best of them. After winning the Ford Supermodel of the World competition in 2008, the 24-year-old Korean model (pictured) has consistently worked with top designers including Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, and Michael Kors. When she’s not running around to castings or photo shoots (she was recently one of the four cover girls for W Korea’s seventh anniversary March issue), Kang keeps busy by designing her clothing label Reborn Process.
Back in 2009, Kang partnered with two friends (one, a stylist; the other, a photographer and Vogue Korea editor) to open Reborn Process as a tiny Soho boutique, where she offered vintage finds reworked by the trio. They’ve since expanded into a full line, now their main focus. (The Crosby Street store has since closed, but they’re looking to eventually reopen in the West Village.)
In the meantime, Kang is also busy working on Play With New York, the online TV show she directs and produces, geared at a Korean audience (it’s currently in Korean). For the six-episode series, which debuted in May at Hyoni-TV.com, Kang scouts and tours neighborhoods including the East Village, Chelsea, and Harlem, calling out insider spots and bringing on guests like fellow models Hanne Gaby Odiele and Shu Pei Qin.
On Thursday night, Kang will host Opening Ceremony’s Fashion’s Night Out event at the Ace Hotel, where Korea will be launched as the retailer’s country of focus for 2013. OC cast Kang in several of its recent lookbooks, and the store also carries Reborn Process (the Fall collection will arrive later this month). “What I love most about Hyoni’s line is that it is a reflection of herself and shows her individuality,” says OC’s Carol Lim, who met Kang when she was interviewed by her for a Korean TV station. “I don’t like how a lot of models wear all-black everything,” Hyoni adds. “You need to have fun with fashion, which I want to be involved with for a long time.”