The American fashion industry is obviously impressed with our new First Lady and her focus on bright, young designers. The chic inaugural ensemble chosen by Michelle Obama was designed by Cuban American designer Isabel Toledo. That was blown away by last night's inaugural gown designed by Jason Wu, the 26-year-old openly gay Taiwanese-born fashion designer and the über-hottie who created the RuPaul Doll.
The gown is an unusual choice. Obama is wearing white in the winter and white at night. (President Obama's white bow tie and tux combo is even more unusual.) The gown could even be a wedding dress. But Michelle Obama is rewriting the fashion rules and she looks every inch the style icon she is becoming. The one-shouldered style is sexy and the powdery hue reflects the trends we saw on the Golden Globes red carpet. And won't it look nice in the Smithsonian alongside the other first lady gowns?
Obama first wore Wu when she appeared on a Barbara Walters television interview wearing an adaptation of a silk sheath dress from his S/S 2009 collection. The hand-embroidered dress was a "confident departure from the relatively matronly skirt suits" of Oscar de la Renta and the usual suspects that have epitomized first lady attire for years. "I believe her whole [message] is about newness, about change," Jason Wu tells The Advocate of Obama’s style. "And what better way to represent that than from a fashion standpoint?"
Perfects 10s for Michelle Obama and Jason Wu.