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. They're all U.S.-based designers she's worn before and there's a mixture of up-and-comers and established ones. Though we wouldn't be shocked to see her in someone like Michael Kors, it would be nice to see her wear someone less established who could benefit from the career boost (like Jason Wu did in 2009).
Here are the names "allegedly in the running," according to the trade:
• Barbara Tfank • Bibhu Mohapatra • Derek Lam • Laura Smalls • Marchesa • Michael Kors • Naeem Khan • Narciso Rodriguez • Prabal Gurung • Tory Burch • Tracy Reese • Zero + Maria Cornejo • Jason Wu • Thakoon • Chris Benz • Thom Browne • Zac Posen
Anyone want to place bets?