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81 posts tagged "Michelle Obama"

Krakoff’s Mood Swing

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Considering the First Lady wore Reed Krakoff not once but twice during the inauguration, the designer has been at the center of MObama Mania all week. But today, we’d like to take a respite from the patriotic props to discuss Krakoff’s Spring ’13 film. To accompany his self-shot campaign, the designer released a moody short (this time around, he served as creative director) starring Laetitia Casta (the model, who Krakoff described as the “ideal reflection” of his woman, also features in his Spring images). Between the red haze that flashes across the screen, Casta’s “come hither if you dare” gaze, and eerie background tunes (performed by Walls and remixed by Holy Other), the film shows Krakoff’s minimal, feminine Spring wares in an entirely new light. The designer’s heady film debuts exclusively on Style.com (above), and we have to say, there’s something alluring about Krakoff’s walk on the dark side.

Browne’s Back in the Spotlight

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From Michelle Obama wearing his jacquard coat on Monday at the 57th Presidential Inauguration to the debut of his latest menswear collection in Paris last Sunday, Thom Browne’s name is on everyone’s lips. And it looks like we won’t stop talking about him anytime soon. Today, WWD revealed that Browne will be awarded Pratt’s Fashion Visionary Award during a ceremony at the Top of the Standard on April 25. And he’s in good company, considering Narciso Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, and Catherine Malandrino are all former honorees. The event will also serve as a stage for Pratt’s senior fashion students to reveal their collections—who knows, maybe a future MObama favorite will be in the bunch.

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First Lady in Red

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We may as well start calling Jason Wu FDOTUS. After wearing Thom Browne and Reed Krakoff to President Obama’s Inauguration today, Michelle Obama donned a custom scarlet Jason Wu gown to the Commander-in-Chief Ball this evening. Indeed, it’s a surprise that the First Lady chose Wu again (MOBama wore a white Jason Wu gown in 2009, making him a household name), as many fashion followers expected (and, perhaps, hoped) that she would anoint yet another new talent with her Inaugural gown selection. But if the pictures from tonight’s event are any indication, Wu’s cherry velvet and chiffon gown (worn with Jimmy Choo shoes and Forevermark Diamond bangles) was a winning pick. A designer has not created back-to-back inaugural gowns since James Galanos dressed Nancy Reagan in 1981 and 1985.

Photo: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Thom Browne’s Second Term

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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.

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/ AFP via Getty Images

Happy Birthday, Dear FLOTUS

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Fashion followers have seen back-to-back birthdays this week: Yesterday, Kate Moss celebrated her thirty-ninth, and today Michelle Obama will be blowing out the birthday candles—forty-nine, to be exact. While we’d imagine Moss and the FLOTUS have little in common, they’re both under a microscope when it comes to their clothing choices. With President Obama’s upcoming inauguration (which is set for Monday), every news source under the sun has weighed in on what MOBama should wear to the inaugural ball (Style.com included). And while the explosion of press may seem overzealous, it’s not without reason—a nod from Mrs. Obama can launch a designer from under the radar to national favorite. Will she choose Jason Wu, like she did for the 2009 inauguration (left)? Prabal Gurung? Up-and-comer Wes Gordon? (She wore one of the youngster’s jackets last year). A new talent we’ve never heard of? We can speculate all we’d like, but if we’ve learned anything over the last four years, it’s that Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe is full of surprises (think: her Lanvin sneakers and unexpected red McQueen gown); thus, we’ll just have to wait until the Obamas officially celebrate a second term to find out. In the meantime, we wish the First Lady a happy birthday.

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