Michelle Obama established herself as a fashion-forward First Lady back in 2008, wearing Michael Kors and Jason Wu with such frequency that nobody could deny they were among her favorites. But now that her hubby is up for reelection, Michelle has introduced us to a whole new batch of faves, many of whom are CFDA honorees and edgy, young wunderkinds.
This year alone, we’ve seen Michelle step out in up-and-coming labels like Preen, Band of Outsiders, Wes Gordon and Lyn Devon–and she’s also been giving love to more established brands like Balenciaga, Peter Som and Sonia Rykiel that were previously absent (or at least very rare) from her wardrobe in past years. But don’t worry – even though MObama’s cool factor has increased like, fivefold this year alone, she’s still maintained loyalties with more classic, well-established labels like Michael Kors, Talbots and J. Crew, who we believe to be responsible for the green and yellow colorblocked number she wore in late June.
Since Michelle has already upped her chic-factor in advance of the November presidential election, we can’t wait to see what she pulls out in the coming months. While we would bet money that MO will don Jason Wu at least once more this year, our fingers are crossed for more Marchesa and Band of Outsiders. If the first half of the year is any indicator, it seem like we’re in for an ever-increasingly stylish 2012. With a new campaign comes a new wardrobe, right?