JUST IN: Michelle Obama's first Inauguration outfit by Isabel Toledo!

20 January 2009

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Forget Barack Obama's race with John McCain - the fiercest battle of the American election has been between the fashion designers clamouring to dress Michelle Obama for today's historic Inauguration. And the first outfit's HERE. Michelle has JUST emerged in Washington wearing a yellow embellished dress  and matching coat by Cuban American designer ISABEL TOLEDO. More info to follow and we will be frock-watching for the next 24 hours!

UPDATE: Style Director Paula Reed on what Michelle's Inauguration outfit says about her...

So now we know who did it......it was Isabel Toledo, the Cuban born New York based designer who dressed Michelle Obama for her husband's inauguration. Mrs Obama has proved herself to be a woman with single minded fashion sense who tends to dress herself: no great claim to fame in normal life, but among the ranks of people in the public eye, attended by stylists every step of the way, it is a proud achievement. However, as much as we want to approve of every Obama move today, we are just not sure about the heavy fabric, the dull colour and the frumpy silhouette. And we have been wondering all afternoon, on whose friendly advice and when did she she decide to ditch the hideous white shiny tights that she first accessorised it with? Were they ditched in the loo or a secret service agent's glove compartment after a desperate text message from a stylish friend? She looked way better with bare legs and her chic Jimmy Choo 'Glacier' pumps. Michelle Obama has in the past favoured the edgy, Maria Cornejo; the classic French, Azzedine Alaia; even the preppy, J Crew. Given that she has scored more style triumphs than setbacks, all by herself, we are more than willing to cut her some slack for this frumpy choice. But in future ma'am, please, lay off the upholstery fabric.


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