On Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. We’ll be honest: We tuned in knowing full well that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, would likely wear something very special for the occasion, and we were right — she chose a forest green ensemble by Azzedine Alaïa.
While you truly can never go wrong with Alaïa, the immediate reaction among media types was that this dress was a bit of a risk — the designer is Tunisian, and on a night that’s meant to focus on the state of our country, many believe it would have been more appropriate for FLOTUS to give support to an American designer. At previous State of the Union addresses, Obama has worn Jason Wu, Barbara Tfank and Rachel Roy, so her choosing a foreign designer on this occasion seems to be a first for her.
We think Obama looked beautiful in the A-line dress with a matching cropped jacket, but we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. You may recall that both Oscar de la Renta and the CFDA (Diane von Furstenberg penned the statement) were disappointed with the First Lady after she wore an Alexander McQueen to the state dinner hosting the Chinese president back in 2011. It’s likely the FLOTUS will receive similar criticism for wearing Alaïa on this occasion.
But can you blame her? The sophisticated ensemble was more than appropriate for the occasion, and Alaïa is, like, a totally important designer.