We’re almost surprised that we didn’t see Michelle Obama front row at Jason Wu’s show last week given her apparent Wu superfandom. After making Wu the only designer she wears to inauguration ceremonies last month, she wore a black and shimmering oxblood sheath by the designer to last night’s State of the Union. She accessorized with a repeat Alexis Bittar flower pin.
The fabrics used indicate the dress is from the designer’s pre-fall 2013 collection, which is not in stores yet.
So, is there any controversy in her outfit choice? There has to be, right? It is reddish, considered by some to be the color of the Republican party. But as the Wall Street Journal points out, she wore blue Barbara Tfank to last year’s SOTU, so perhaps the goal was to convey bipartisanship.
People on Twitter apparently thought it was inappropriate of her to show her arms (good thing she didn’t wear one of Wu’s super sexy fall 2013 dresses). The Financial Times‘ Vanessa Friedman wrote, “It’s not exactly a ‘I feel your pain middle class’ approach (sic her husband’s speech), which is interesting,” referring to the fact that Obama’s dress is from a collection that is not yet in stores.
But so far no one seems that pissed at her for wearing Wu (instead of another young designer). Friedman even suggests that if Obama does continue to make Wu her go-to designer for events, we might all get sick of writing about her repeat outfits and perhaps “consider the First Lady in a different way, aside from her fashion choices.” Food for thought.