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Michelle Obama: First lady of style

JENN HARRIS
Los Angeles Times
Modified: February 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
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First Lady Michelle Obama stole the spotlight at the inaugural festivities last week as a sartorial knockout. She was sporting a sleek new hairstyle and proved with every outfit that she is as much a style icon as her notably fashionable predecessors Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.

At the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball, Obama spun around the floor in a red velvet chiffon halter gown by Jason Wu, who also designed the feathery white creation she wore for her husband’s first inauguration.

For the formal swearing-in ceremony, Obama wore a navy Jacquard coat by Thom Browne with a jeweled J. Crew belt, black Reed Krakoff boots and purple gloves. The look was simple yet refined, with just the right punches of color and texture.

“The fabric specifically was one I was developing for my men’s collection that I just showed — a silk Jacquard fabric based off an old tie,” Browne said in a phone interview from Paris. “There’s a beautiful structure to the fabric.”

To get the first lady’s elegant daytime look, try the Steffen Schraut black and blue Broadway Jacquard knit coat for $405 from Stylebop.com or the Asos Jacquard Dolly coat for $110.50 from Asos.com. Cinch the waist and embellish the look with the Vince Camuto metallic snakeskin belt for $42.

The Echo Design Echo Touch center-ruched glove from Zappos.com for $38 will keep hands warm. For a classic pair of versatile boots, try the Ros Hommerson Trumpet boot from Amazon.com for $129.97.

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(Correspondent Adam Tschorn contributed to this report.)


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