The First Lady marked her 100th day in the White House with service at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. For the project, she put on a quirky high-low combo. A fun pair of grey and metallic pink Lanvin Cap Toe sneakers balanced out a preppy J. Crew argyle cardigan-a style Lady O seems to favor.
In just 100 days, First Lady Michelle Obama has effortlessly become fashion’s darling. Who else can skyrocket the careers of under-the-radar designers and practically make the legends cry? And those who aren’t fond of her style have to admit that it’s the distraction we all need. From bare arms to oversize bows, Lady O’s whimsical wardrobe choices take our minds off These Times and provide moments of relief and cheer that we all need. Here is a slide show of each of her looks to date.
Congratulations to Sophie Theallet! She is the latest designer to land upon the extremely coveted back of the First Lady. Michelle Obama wore a black A-line shirt-dress with bright stripes from Theallet’s spring 2009 collection at an unveiling ceremony of the bust of Sojourner Truth today. She accessorized the frock with her black Zero + Maria Cornejo belt for an easy-breezy daytime look.
Children of Executive Office employees were invited to the White House's annual Take Your Child to Work Day event this morning, and Michelle Obama recovered some of her European Tour looks to welcome them. This morning, Lady O covered up the Moschino bow blouse she wore in Prague with another style of the Junya Watanbe cardigan she raised eyebrows with in London . The First Lady cinched it all together with the wide studded Sacai belt she wore for her Essence cover.
Michelle Obama dug into her inauguration weekend archive this afternoon and put on a purple Zero + Maria Cornejo jacket she wore for the Whistle Tour. This piece is clearly a favorite in the First Lady's closet as she has it in black and blue. And that’s totally understandable considering the jacket’s modern style and flattering cut. She belted her waist with another Cornejo fav from that weekend that we’ve seen not infrequently. After President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at the Seed School, they headed over to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to plant trees. And voila! Something new! Hiding underneath Cornejo: an oh-so-cute navy Lanvin top with a bow and emerald ruched front. The combination of those soft elements with the edgy frayed trim is magnifique! At some point Lady O covered up again, but with the navy coat she wore to the Easter Egg Roll instead. As expected, the First Lady of Style is always prepared.
Michelle Obama carried on her tour of federal departments today with a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. Still on a casual note, she wore black patent flats and slim-fit cuffed pants. The First Lady adorned a blue green wrap jacket/striped purple shirt combo she wore in October 2008 with a sparkly bee brooch.
Laid-back chic is Michele Obama’s look for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Never one to sacrifice style for function, the First Lady paired cropped pants with metallic flats. She layered up with a lemon cardigan, navy coat, and an interesting jade sweater with a tie-front that looks like sleeves. However, Sasha was the Obama style star today in pink polka dot leggings, Converse One Stars, and a black swing jacket. Watch out, Mom.
The First Lady wore her Sunday Best for an Easter service at St. John's Episcopal Church this morning. In a pretty floral v-neck sheath dress by Peter Soronen and a cream cardigan, Lady O was simply delightful. On a side note, President Obama truly deserves some recognition as he was particularly dapper today in a grey pinstripe suit. Not to mention, it looked great against Mrs. Obama's dress.
The White House Kitchen Garden is looking good and so is the First Lady. This afternoon, she joined students from Bancroft Elementary School and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in planting herbs at the plot that was started three weeks ago. Though hard at work, Michelle Obama still bypasses the frumpy route in cropped pants and a loose ponytail. A ruched back adds a soft touch to her windbreaker, and Velcro sneakers are better than Crocs.
Readers, it seems that my coverage of the First Lady’s style has taken over my daily life! Lately, my Fifth Avenue window shopping has turned into a search of What Would Lady O Wear? Like, how fab would she be in this white spring 2009 Narciso Rodriguez suit for Easter? If you ask yourselves the same questions, tap into your inner stylist, and tell Honey Magazine what designers and looks you’d like to see the First Lady wear. The top three ideas will be featured on their homepage and the winner will score a swag bag packed with $400 worth of spring hair and beauty products! Voting ends April 15 so click here to get started!
Shortly after election night, the news of a Michelle Obama style book quickly spread, and suddenly our summer reading looked a lot better. As of May 5, the wait is over for Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion by Mandi Norwood. In addition to styling advice and in-depth descriptions of her most popular looks, the volume features exclusive sketches by designers like Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Catherine Malandrino, and Behnaz Sarafpour. And of course, no compilation of Lady O’s style would be complete without illustrations by Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, and Maria Cornejo. For more on her favorite designers and accessories, an A to Z guide is in the back. Pre-order your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders now! Photos: William Morrow/Harper Collins
For her third magazine cover this year, Michelle Obama shares the spotlight with her mother, Marian Robinson, on the May 2009 issue of Essence. The First Lady wears a Talbots rose print silk dress with a Hanii Y cardigan cinched by a Sacai belt. But it looks like she isn’t the only woman in the White House with style. Her mother jazzes up a classic Dear Cashmere sweater with a edgy-chic Martin Margiela necklace and a timeless triple strand of pearls. Photos: Timothy White / Stockland Martel
Just a few updates on the First Lady's Euro tour looks, per the Huffington Post. April 5: Prague-Azzedine Alaia cardigan April 4: Prague- Narciso Rodriguez dress, Azzedine Alaia cropped cardigan April 4: Strasbourg, France- Azzedine Alaia jacket, Etro print top
Alas, Michelle Obama is on her way back to the U.S. after six days of wooing Europe. Soooo, did the First Lady represent us well? Review her looks in the slide show below, and share your favorite one.
The First Lady left Europe on a whimsical note this morning. For her visit to St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, her final stop, she livened up a Michael Kors pencil skirt and Azzedine Alaia belt with an oversize bow Moschino blouse.
According to the Times Online, President Obama is passing on dinner with Czech leaders in favor of a romantic evening with his wife in Prague. And I can see why! Michelle Obama is stunning in another LBD, this time showing off her curves in a body conscious cut. The First Lady paired the dress with the cropped cardigan she wore in Germany last night, the perfect look for a night on the town.
Lady O went casual for her visit to Rohan Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral this morning. Though dressed down, she was still camera ready in basic black-a portrait collar jacket, boot-cut pants, and patent flats.
Michelle Obama is a showstopper today! For a cultural event at the Kurhaus in Germany, the First Lady swapped this morning's Thakoon pixelated floral silk jacquard set for a crinoline LBD by Azzedine Alaia. The sleeveless, fitted bodice is perfect against her toned figure and the full skirt gives the dress a girly element. For the spouses' evening at the opening of the NATO summit, she put on her favorite cover up, a cardigan-this time cropped. With minimal accessories-black patent pumps,hoop earrings, a layered cuff-this look is dead on.
Michelle Obama brought her radiance to France this morning, without question, outshining another fashion forward first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. For their long-awaited first meeting, Lady O donned a deep magenta floral Thakoon dress with a coordinating coat. The upbeat print on a soft silhouette, tie neck, and fine materials flow together for a rather charming look. So I see no need for a debate on who wins this sartorial showdown. Per usual, Bruni-Sarkozy is impeccable and most likely wearing a high end designer. But our First Lady shows you can still look feminine and refined in playful patterns and at a lower price point.
Jason Wu strikes again. This time it’s a blue-green A-line dress for an event at the Royal Opera House this morning with the wives of other global leaders. Surrounded by skirt suits, Michelle Obama was a standout in an asymmetrical argyle Junya Watanabe cardigan. I'm not certain if this is the first time she has worn the avant-garde Japanese designer in public, but I'm sure the other generically dressed first ladies were intrigued by this bold piece.
Apparently, when it comes to historic moments, Michelle Obama turns to Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo. (And understandably so!) Said designers came through for her on inauguration day and both were there again for her highly anticipated meeting with Queen Elizabeth this evening. The First Lady wore a satin opera coat by Wu over Toledo’s ivory and black silk crepe A-line dress. An Azzedine Alaia cardigan and black satin pumps were just right. It was only appropriate that she go for a more conservative look for this occasion, and it is such a pleasure to see that Lady O never abandons her favorite designers or personal style. Instead, she makes the proper adjustments and still looks divine.
Amidst the protests against the G-20 summit, Michelle Obama was like a breath of fresh air this morning. For her visit to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in west London, she was radiant in J. Crew. In a mint jacquard dazzling dots pencil skirt and crystal constellation cardigan, the First Lady may be a bit flashy to some, but I think her look brings cheer to a tense situation.