As if to underscore the trailblazing magnitude of this journey to the White House, Michelle Obama has consistently chosen modern looks and American designers (Isabel Toledo, Isaac Mizrahi, her hometown designer Maria Pinto, even Target) that distinguish this corporate lawyer and "mom-in-chief" (her words) from so many first ladies before her.
She's been compared to Jackie O for her appropriate choices, not to mention that, like the late Mrs. Kennedy Onassis, the 44-year-old Mrs. Obama is the youngest First Lady in the White House in decades. And she certainly has borrowed a few essentials from that glamorous Jackie O's style book (the parallels between administrations to Camelot are only going to continue ad nauseum).
But Michelle Obama has a flair all her own: Urbane yet real, elegant yet approachable.
For the historic evening, our new First Lady chose a black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress from the New York designer’s Spring 2009 RTW collection, set off with a black cardigan and kitten heels, diamond earrings and bangles.
Daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, (who've appeared in choice dresses, even for little girls) matched Mommy in red and black frocks. Not to be left out, Prez-elect Barack Obama complemented his ladies with a red and black tie.
In politics, principals or style, it's a family affair.
Family: Jason Reed/Reuters // Creative Commons
Runway: Marcio Madeira/Style.com
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