The First Lady wowed in gorgeous, custom-made red Jason Wu halter gown. She looked sensational, wearing the same designer she wore at the 2009 Inaugural Ball!
All eyes were on Michelle Obama when she joined her husband, Barack Obama, on stage at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21 wearing a custom-made red velvet Jason Wu halter gown with chiffon overlay. While everyone anxiously anticipated what up-and-coming designer the fashionable First Lady would wear for this big moment, she actually surprised us, selecting one of her go-to designers. In fact, Michelle put Jason Wu on the map at the 2009 Inauguration, (when the designer was just 26 years old!), when she wore his custom-made white one-shoulder gown.
While Michelle’s look back in 2009 was very romantic, this red dress was definitely more sexy but still just as chic. Michelle’s toned arms are one of her best assets, and the halter gown put her arms and shoulders on display. The dress was cinched at her waist, really showing off her figure, while in the back the dress dipped low and showed a bit more skin than one might expect to see from a First Lady. We caught a glimpse of the back of the dress when she danced with Barack. Michelle knows how to make a fashion statement, and that’s exactly what she did in her gorgeous red dress. A pair of Jimmy Choo pumps and a custom Kimberly McDonald ring added the finishing touches to her ensemble, as did the sparkling set of Forevermark diamond bangles that were on her arm.
The style-savvy First Lady loves to rewear her favorite frocks, but unfortunately we won’t be seeing this gown again! Michelle’s outfit and accessories will go to the National Archives after the Inaugural Ball.
Should Michelle Have Selected A New Designer?
The First Lady looked appropriate and chic in the gorgeous gown, and I think it’s fantastic that she selected a designer she has such an affinity for, however, her choice has proved to be quite controversial. Many commentators are saying that the First Lady should have given another new, up-and-coming designer a chance. After all, she did make Jason Wu a household name when she selected his custom-made white gown back in 2009.
While she opted for one of her favorite designers for the Inaugural Ball, she did select Thom Browne for her Inaugural Day outfit, wearing a checkered coat and gray dress by the designer. While Browne is mainly known for his menswear, there’s no denying the fact that the First Lady definitely brought his womenswear into the spotlight.
What do you think? Do you think it’s cool that Michelle wore Jason Wu or should she have given a new designer a chance?
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