Today, the first lady is a celebrity in her own right, and with that comes widespread interest in her clothing choices. Plus, with the 2020 election on the horizon, how might we treat first gentleman fashion?
We're talking head-to-toe sequins here, people.
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.
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.
PARIS--This past weekend, France didn’t only elect socialist François Hollande as its new president; the country also welcomed a first lady diametrically opposed to Carla Bruni. Please meet Valérie Trierweiler, described by the French press “a normal woman.” A 47-year-old journalist sans Botox, divorced with three children, she is not François’s new wife but long-term girlfriend--a definite novelty for the Elysée (France’s equivalent of the White House).