As we know, the Inauguration Ceremony marks the start of a new Presidential term. This time round, it also appears to involve a bizarrely caustic Lupe Fiasco, the address of controversial issues like gay rights and climate change, and of course, detailed coverage of what the First Lady herself chose to wear.
Enter Thom Browne, likely to be the most googled name of today and designer of choice for First Lady and fashionista Michelle Obama’s Inauguration outfit. Dressed in a custom-made design, the First Lady chose to support her husband/President of the United States Of America in a striking charcoal grey-patterned silk outfit which, upon closer inspection looks a lot like the fabric you’d expect to see on a men’s necktie. Pairing the fit-and-flare coat with shoes by All-American label J.Crew, necklace by Cathy Waterman and a cardigan by Reed Krakoff, Michelle completed the contemporary yet demure look with her newly unveiled Barack-approved hair-do. The fashionista later belted the coat with a dazzling, adorned belt and wine-coloured leather gloves (both by J.Crew) for the ceremony.
Although the First Lady’s outfit was custom-made, Thom Browne’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection is currently available via presale and sports similar shapes and fabrics to the one-off Inauguration piece which will now head to the National Archives. Judging by the interest shown in previous outfits worn by FLOTUS, it’s safe to assume there will be numerous copies floating around in no time at all.
It wouldn’t be a fashion wrap up without honorable mentions going to the First Daughters, who are already commanding the same kind of fashion attention as their Mom. Fourteen year old Malia wore J.Crew and eleven year old Sasha was clad in Kate Spade, both watching on/taking selfies in bright, fun shades of purple as their father was sworn into office for four more years.
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