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79 posts tagged "Michelle Obama"

The FLOTUS Opts for Azzedine

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Michelle Obama in AlaiaDespite Michelle Obama’s fondness for American designers, she went with something decidedly more far-flung for last night’s State of the Union Address: a striking forest green ensemble by the Tunisian-born, Paris-based icon Azzedine Alaïa. The A-line frock and cropped jacket combo was a departure from the spangled Barbara Tfank sheath she wore last year, but this isn’t the first time the FLOTUS has opted for Alaïa’s work. A baby blue gown (which she donned to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize banquet in Oslo), a flippy black dress (which she sported during both her 2009 European tour and a 2013 LGBT fundraising event), and a mid-length white number (worn for the 2010 G20 summit) are just some of the wares in her Alaïa arsenal. While this latest look has generated a certain amount of criticism, deemed less than patriotic by some, we’re inclined to call it a chic step in international relations.

Photo: Getty Images

Runway to Red Carpet: ‘Tis the Season for Parties, Premieres, and a Christmas Spectacular

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Julia Roberts and Meryl StreepWith Christmas less than a week away, the celebrity set’s calendars are brimming with holiday parties that call for lots of glitz and glamour. On Sunday Anna Kendrick hosted TNT’s annual Christmas in Washington spectacular, which brought out notables including Sheryl Crow and even the First Family. Kendrick chose an ivory velvet J. Mendel gown with a strapless V-cut bodice for the event, while FLOTUS opted for a tailored white Resort ’13 J. Mendel jacket embroidered with silver and a white pleated skirt.

On the party circuit, Florence Welch attended Love magazine’s Christmas party on Tuesday in London in sheer black lace pants and a capelike top from Marios Schwab’s Spring ’14 runway. Miley Cyrus took to the red carpet on Friday evening for New York’s Jingle Ball concert, pairing a Spring ’14 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela sleeveless tuxedo blouse with Maison Martin Margiela Fall ’13 black high-waisted pants with yellow stripes painted down the sides.

While most businesses are closed on Christmas Day, it has become tradition for a handful of blockbusters to hit theaters. (What better way to entertain yourself after opening that sweater from Grandma?) Among this year’s buzzed-about December 25 releases is August: Osage County, starring A-listers Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. The duo posed on the red carpet together during Monday’s L.A. premiere, with Roberts in a tuxedo-inspired Givenchy ensemble and Streep sporting a white knee-length Gucci wool frock.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Prabal Gurung Pledges Allegiance

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PrabalCongratulations are in order for Prabal Gurung, who became an American citizen today. Most impressive, though, is the fact that the Nepalese-born, New York-based designer—who frequently dresses the FLOTUS— took his citizenship test only twenty-four hours before his Spring ’14 runway show. Now that’s what we call patriotism.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/ IndigitalImages

Runway to Red Carpet: MTV Glamour and a Sultry Spiderweb

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Cate Blanchett in Christopher KaneWith Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards making the move to Brooklyn this year, we saw an interesting mix of Hollywood glamour and Brooklyn’s signature pared-down look on the red carpet. For instance, Ciara shone brightly in a heavily embellished Givenchy Fall ’10 Couture stunner, and Lady Gaga arrived in a newsworthy custom Prabal Gurung gown; however, a few of our favorite looks flew under the radar. Joan Smalls opted for a simple long-sleeve white leather dress from the Viktor & Rolf Fall ’13 runway, paired with strappy black leather Casadei boots, and singer Grimes donned a Versace necklace and patterned pants with a simple black top.

Following her sexed-up VMAs dress, Selena Gomez opted for a sweet Vera Wang Fall ’13 frock with a floral-jacquard print and butterfly peplum skirt for the L.A. premiere of her new film, Getaway, on Monday night.

The following evening, Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the Paris premiere of her film Blue Jasmine in a Christopher Kane dress made of delicate cobweb-like lace from his Resort ’14 collection. Paired with a simple low ponytail, barely there makeup, and nude pumps, the heady look was a clear standout on this week’s celebrity circuit.

We should also note that Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and all eyes were on Washington, D.C., on this day. While it wasn’t a red-carpet event, the ever-stylish First Lady looked smart and sophisticated when she accompanied her husband to the Let Freedom Ring ceremony in a black fit-and-flare Tracy Reese Fall ’13 frock with a red floral print.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

What Do Lady Gaga And Michelle Obama Have in Common?

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Prabal Gurung for Gaga

Prabal Gurung got the call on Friday. Lady Gaga was looking for a dress for the VMAs on Sunday night; could he put something together? A 48-hour turnaround in the middle of fashion week prep sounds like a pretty big ask to us, but not for Gurung, who is a self-described “huge, huge, huge fan” of the pop icon. “I think she is one of the most important artists of our time,” he said on the phone this morning, explaining that the gown was fit on Saturday. “I love her music and what she stands for. She is one of the most vocal celebrities on gay rights.” Gaga wasn’t Gurung’s only dressing coup of the weekend; First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blouse from his Resort collection to the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.” They are at opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said, “yet very similar in what they believe.” But what really counts for the designer: Dressing Gaga will ensure his status as the “cool uncle” with his nieces and nephew in Nepal. The black technical satin dress is a riff on a gown that will go down Gurung’s runway at the end of next week. He gave Style.com an exclusive look at the sketch. Don’t miss our complete coverage of the VMAs here.