Four years ago, Michelle Obama launched then-little-known designer Jason Wu into the spotlight when she chose to wear his one-shouldered white gown to the Inaugural ball. Since then, his career has taken off--in addition to presenting successful and critically acclaimed ready-to-wear collections he's launched a collection for Target and a contemporary line. Four years later, after lots of anticipation about which new young designer the First Lady might anoint with her choice of ball gown tonight, she's chosen Wu once again.
The dress is custom, a ruby confection done in velvet with a chiffon overlay. The First Lady also wore Jimmy Choo shoes and jewelry by Kimberly McDonald. It's a color that, according to color therapist Meg Hill (who helped us out with a shopping story about how to combat Blue Monday), "conveys a sense of power and confidence."
It's true, the First Lady oozed confidence and looked just gorgeous tonight. We're already hearing grumblings from TV commentators and twitterers that they would have liked for a new designer to get the exposure. And maybe we would have liked that too. But what Lauren so insightfully pointed out as we were chatting about Michelle Obama's gown choice tonight, is that it shows she's in control, she wears what she likes, what she knows, what flatters her. And that's Jason Wu.
Funnily enough, when we looked back at Jason Wu's rise to fame for a story in advance of the Inauguration, Wu didn't want to speak about the Inuaguration. We hope he'll be happy to speak about it now. For now, he's only tweeted "#Inshock!!!" Fair enough!
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