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Michelle Obama: First lady of style

Los Angeles Times
Modified: February 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

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.”

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