With all that’s going on in the world, why exactly is the FLOTUS’s fringe newsworthy?
While on the surface it may seem frivolous to talk about a First Lady in terms of her appearance, there’s a lot of symbolism tied up in First Lady style, and Michelle Obama is certainly not the first FLOTUS whose hair became the talk of the country.
Everyone has been noticing and commenting on how much the Obama girls have grown up and matured in the last four years. While they look like a blend of their parents, their style inspiration clearly comes from one source: their mom, Michelle.
But apparently she really did want it.
Michelle Obama has worn Thom Browne before, but as Thom Browne is a relatively obscure and fashion forward designer (Savannah Guthrie admitted on TODAY that she’d never heard of him), fashion peeps (us included) are already fired up about her fashion choice.
The Inaugural Ball is one of the First Lady‘s first official appearance in that role. And whether we like it or not, what she wears pkats an integral part in shaping her public image for those four years to come.
So how did the First Ladies of the last 50 years deal with such an opportunity or, in some cases, such a challenge?
The fashion industry is on the edge of their seats, waiting to get a peek at what Michelle Obama will wear on Inauguration Day.
But the big reveal may turn out not to be much of a reveal at all.
It looks like the odds are in favor of Anna Wintour nabbing that covetable UK Ambassador position after all.
When the Obama family took the stage, victorious, on election night this past November, everyone took note not just of Michelle Obama and what she was wearing but also of her daughters: Sasha and Malia had grown up! The New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn tweeted, “The Obama girls might be the fashion news tonight–full skirts, bright color, cute.”
And when WWD asked designers to submit sketches for Michelle Obama’s inauguration look, most submitted designs for her daughters as well.
Should we be concered with the Obama girls’ fashion?
Who’s in the running towards becoming America’s Next Inauguration Designer?
We won’t know for sure what Michelle Obama will wear to the inaugural balls until Monday (unless someone who doesn’t value their job decides to spill the beans), but WWD‘s got the scoop on which designers have fielded sample requests from the White House.
No one on the list is particularly surprising.