Michelle Obama Wears Thom Browne and Jason Wu to the 2013 Inauguration Festivities

Michelle Obama wore a custom Thom Browne navy coat and dress to her husband’s inaugural address and public oath yesterday – January 21, 2013.     She accessorized her outfit with a blue cardigan by Reed Krakoff, shoes and belt by J. Crew, lavender gloves, and a necklace by Cathy Waterman.  Later in the day, she changed into custom-made Reed Krakoff blue suede boots.

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The Thom Browne look for Monday was a bit more fashion-forward  than her more understated  choice of a cardigan and dress by Reed Krakoff for the official (and low-key) swearing in on Sunday.

The First Lady wears Reed Krakoff to the Official and Low-Key Swearing In on Sunday

The White House said that the Thom Browne coat and dress was developed based on the style of a man’s silk tie — and the 47-year old designer is known for his men’s suits. The First Lady also wore Thom Browne during the Presidential Debates and though he has only been designing women’s wear for two years, he will soon be more of mainstream name in women’s wear. You may remember his name in association with collections he has done for Brooks Brothers. I remember attending a cocktail party years ago in Manhattan to kick off his collection for Brooks Brothers.

Thom Browne had an idea that the President would be wearing navy and wanted to create something that would pair well with the President’s outfit. He chose the dark navy silk jacquard fabric that he had used before in his men’s collections. Take a look here as Michelle Obama steps out before the crowds:

She was stunning last night at the Inaugural Ball celebration wearing Jason Wu again. It was the second time the First Lady donned the American designer — also wearing a Jason Wu one-shouldered white gown to her 2009 Inaugural Ball. According to the Wall Street Journal, the choice of the ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown by Mrs. Obama was a surprise to Wu, who was watching the festivities online from his NYC studio when he learned that the dress had been selected. He apparently had submitted the dress and knew it was a potential pick, but that had not been confirmed in advance with the designer. Her shoes were by Jimmy Choo and she wore a diamond ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald.

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While it’s fun to see what the First Lady wears and her support of American designers, we care most about what she does as First Lady.  Our interest lies in seeing how her color choices influence what we see in stores, on the runways and of course in the home.  We often cover how fashion influences color trends in decorating and home decor and since this is the year of Emerald Green (per Pantone) – it’s interesting to see the First Lady’s choice of a bold red.  Perhaps it’s an indication of how she will stand out in her role as First Lady in her next four years in the White House.  Fashion can make a lasting impression – and it can be used to further enhance the presence of a strong and brilliant woman in her own right such as Michelle Obama or former First Lady Hillary Clinton.  Michelle Obama’s previous Jason Wu inauguration gown has taken its place in history and joined prior First Lady Inauguration gowns dating back to 1829 at the Smithsonian in Washington.  There is no time like the Presidential Inauguration to showcase American’s top design talent and shine the light on upcoming designers.   What do you think of her choices and does what she wear really matter?    Please post your comments!  Take a peek here at some designs by Thom Browne and Jason Wu:

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