3.31.2009

European Tour Day 1: The Departure and the Arrival

Though traveling abroad, Michelle Obama remains loyal to her favorite American designers. For her departure with President Obama this morning, the First Lady wore a custom made Thakoon silk tulle coat with grosgrain ribbon trim and a wool Michael Kors shift dress. The fluid ensemble was accessorized by a double strand of pearls and a purple brooch making for a classic, distinguished look. And she didn’t stop there. For her London arrival this evening, Lady O cinched a yellow satin crepe dress by Jason Wu with her famed Azzedine Alaia belt. If anyone can find fault in this outfit, then… I just don’t know. It is classy with a hint of sexy. Flattering in shape and color. And most of all, true to her style. I’m looking forward to the next five days.

3.30.2009

First Lady of Style on the Huffington Post

Still no sightings of Michelle Obama so in the meantime read my story on the Huffington Post "Michelle Obama: The Accidental Fashionista" here!

3.29.2009

First Lady Flashback: Her Wedding Day, October 1992

For her big day, Michelle Obama went for an off-the-shoulder A-line gown with a chapel train. She paired the duchess satin dress with full-length gloves and a remarkable groom.

3.28.2009

Where to Find Michelle Obama

I'm back, but Michelle Obama is still away presumably with Sasha and Malia for their spring break. Wherever she is, I'm sure the First Lady is preparing for the busy week ahead. From March 31 to April 5, she will travel with President Obama to Britain, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. So you all can count on the six-day coverage of Lady O's style for Europe right here. More of Michelle Obama's scheduled appearances can be found to your right under her Look of the Week.

3.23.2009

While I'm Out

Well, readers, as you can see, Michelle Obama is one busy Lady, but she always makes time for some R&R. These posts of her retreating to Camp David on the weekends even inspired me to take my own little vacay (sans Marine One, Secret Service, and adorable girls, of course). So, I'm off to some place far, sunny, with no smelly public transportation, and unfortunately, no internet access. Tears. But, I created the slide show below for you all to enjoy while I'm out. "Runway to the White House" examines how Lady O has made looks from the New York and Paris runways her own. I will be back to update you on the First Lady's wardrobe at the end of the week! xo, Shaena

3.22.2009

Weekend Style: Camp David

After a busy week of home building, mentoring, and gardening, Michelle Obama took off to Camp David this weekend with the hubby. A double-breasted maroon coat kept her warm and put together.

First Lady Flashback: Circa 1964

In this family photo, we see where Michelle Obama gets her fashion sense: her mother’s layered necklace and pretty curls, the sharp suits on her father and brother, and her own puff-sleeve dress. The First Lady had style even when she was Michelle Robinson.

3.20.2009

Groundbreaking Style

Students from Bancroft Elementary School in D.C. participated in the groundbreaking of the Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House this morning. Michelle Obama joined them wearing a black sweater dress and pants, her fav Zero + Maria Cornjeo belt, and patent leather boots. No overalls, clogs, and straw hats here. The First Lady does her gardening in style.

3.19.2009

She's Unstoppable

The celebration of Women’s History Month continues at the White House tonight, and Michelle Obama is unstoppable. The First Lady is a vision in a chocolate off the shoulder dress and pearls. The cut and fit resemble the turquoise Maria Pinto number she wore for her DNC speech so my guess is that Ms. Pinto is responsible for this greatness. Also, it’s been three weeks since the arms madness, and Lady O has kept her coveted biceps hidden since. Looks like she's taking baby steps toward her controversial look starting with a bare collarbone. Gasp! Hopefully right-wingers won’t blow a gasket.

The Perfect Example

It’s a good time to be a D.C. student as Michelle Obama celebrated Women’s History Month by visiting area high schools this morning to speak to students about achieving their dreams. In addition to hearing her wise words, they got to see the perfect example of sophistication with the First Lady wearing a spring 2009 Zero + Maria Cornejo tailored jacket. Her personal touches-a new flower brooch and belted waist-made her yet approachable. The celebration will continue this evening with dinner and entertainment at the White House so there’s another look to come!

3.18.2009

St. Patrick's Day Style

Many women dream of the day they can afford to wear Nina Ricci. Maybe one of the designer’s romantic gowns to a gala or a perfectly cut suit for a job interview. Michelle Obama, though? She wears Nina Ricci to build a house. The First Lady wore a mohair cardigan-which was actually under her Isabel Toledo coat on 1.20-and matching shell by the luxury French brand for her visit to the “green” home building project on the National Mall with YouthBuild Americorps. Must be nice. Later, she was festive in a green something for the St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House. In search of better photos, but you can already see some familiar accessories. Updates coming!

3.17.2009

CFDA to Honor Michelle Obama

She may have skipped fashion week, but the Council of Fashion Designers of America is not giving up hope. The group’s board of directors will honor Michelle Obama for her support of American designers at the CFDA gala in June. How lovely it would be for the First Lady to spend an evening with her favorite designers, re: Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Thakoon Panichgul-all nominated for CFDA awards! We’ll also see what new designer Lady O might wear in the future as a grant will be created in her name to support a young fashion company. So mark your calendars: June 15!

3.14.2009

First Lady Flashback: Legends Ball, 2005

Lady O was stunning at Oprah Winfrey’s 2005 Legends Ball in a glamorous white tired gown by Maria Pinto. Here, she wears diamonds and an up do-two things we haven’t seen much of her in since her husband’s presidential campaign began. The evolution of her style is apparent as her evening wear tends to be more relaxed today.

3.13.2009

First Lady on Her Bare Arms

Michelle Obama gave her first television interview as the First Lady on Good Morning America this morning. During her discussion with Robin Roberts, she playfully cites the uproar over her bare arms at the 00:11 mark here. Like a true lady, she takes the criticism with a grain of salt.

3.12.2009

Return of Alaia

The Azzedine Alaia belt that put Michelle Obama on the fashion industry's radar has made a comeback. Said belt was the finishing touch to her black cardigan and crisp white button down today as she visited military families at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. It’s good to see this piece again as it is a classic accessory that polishes up a relaxed look without being pretentious. I welcome back the Alaia belt with open arms.

3.11.2009

Purple Reign

Michelle Obama made her rounds today decked in purple. This morning she appeared at President Obama’s signing of the Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls, and then she spoke at the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. She put her quirky stamp on the dress and Zero + Maria Cornejo coat by adding an unexpected satin bow. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. Hit or miss?

3.09.2009

Michelle Obama Fetes Kennedy in Style

The First Lady headed to the Kennedy Center last night to celebrate Ted Kennedy’s birthday. She re-invented the black ruched dress she wore to the Obama Staff Ball with a whimsical stone statement necklace. A bit quirky, but a bold way to brighten up an LBD. *Update: necklace is by Tom Binns.

3.08.2009

First Lady Flashback: Prom Night, 1982

Long before she became the First Lady, Michelle Obama had style. Check out the silk dress and metallic shoes she wore to her prom. And judging by that slit, her confidence has been around for a while, too.

Weekend Style: Camp David

The Obamas took their second retreat to Camp David this weekend, but the First Lady’s style never takes a break. She traded in her cardigans and blazers for a black trench coat, grey capris, a patent shoulder bag, and her go-to flats for easy chic.

3.07.2009

Move Over Jason Wu

It’s Michael’s turn. Michelle Obama wears another Kors number on the April issue of O magazine following his design for her official White House portrait. The First Lady is spring-ready in the orange sheath dress and lemon-yellow cardigan by Dear Cashmere. And of course with Lady O, where there’s a cardigan, there’s a belt. This one-also worn to Miriam’s Kitchen this week-is by Sonia Rykiel. There must be something right about her obsessive waist-cinching-even Oprah has caught on!

3.06.2009

Safe, But Not Sorry

Over the past few days, the First Lady has decided to spare conservatives the cardiac arrest she put them in all of last week (re: sculpted biceps). But even when Lady O wears long sleeves and pants, there is still something to talk about. Everyone’s got a simple black suit, but only Michelle Obama’s is made of velvet and paired with a Moschino brooch as seen at Wednesday night’s dinner for congressional leaders. The next day she rolled up her J. Crew sleeves and put a purple apron over a clear plastic belt and Liz Claiborne ruffle blouse to serve food at Miriam’s Kitchen. Her style just can’t be contained. Rubber gloves and all. *Update: belt is by Sonia Rykiel

3.03.2009

First Lady Salutes Military Women

Frigid temperatures didn’t stop Michelle Obama from showing her support for military families. She just layered up for her trip to the Arlington National Cemetery’s Women in Military Service for America Memorial Center. Lady O revisited several pieces today- a striped button-down shirt from her visit to Capital City Public Charter School and a sapphire belt-teal cardigan combo first seen on MLK Day and again for brunch with the Fentys. All of this under a grey blazer! I guess the First Lady does not play with the cold.