The $1,500 brocade dress Michelle Obama donned for her husbands swearing-in got high marks from fashionistas, but the jury was still out last night on the one-shoulder, Grecian-style gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball.
Michelle emerged yesterday morning in a sunny yellow sheath and matching coat from Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, complete with a jeweled collar and clever use of tulle, pashmina wool lace and French silk for warmth.
A bold choice, but it worked.
It was a perfect look from head to toe, said Peter Ishkhans, host of the Style Networks Peter Perfect. He said everything about Michelle from her polished blow-out to her unexpected green pumps and matching gloves was spot-on. The outfit was a breath of fresh air compared to previous looks worn by first ladies. And by previous, we mean ... beige.Were so used to stiff twin-sets and pearls, but [Michelles] look had just enough edge, Ishkhans said. It gave the youth something to identify with.
At about 8:15 p.m., Michelle emerged in an ivory gown, designed by Jason Wu a departure from her signature jewel tones.
Also refreshing were the newly minted first daughters, both looking comfortable and cute in age-appropriate coats from J. Crew. Malia, 10, wore deep periwinkle, while Sasha, 7, fittingly wore punchier shades of pink and orange.
We wanted to offer a collection that would not define them, but one that would let their own personalities shine through, said Jenna Lyons, creative director of J. Crew.