Currently, Michelle Obama is serving her last year in the white house as the First Lady of the United States. She has not only been our President’s biggest cheerleader but also a champion for higher education, diet, fitness, wellness consciousness for children and also a supporter for military families. She has challenged these causes and shown her passion for making improvements and significant changes. When it came to style and fashion, FLOTUS has left quite a mark within her tasteful choices. It’s pretty clear that aside from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mrs. Obama has already claimed the title as one of the biggest ‘Fashion Icons’ of our time. She has also been a big advocate for latin designers from day one. Today we are excited to highlight some of her most brilliant fashion choices in the past eight years that have included designers like Narciso Rodriguez, Isabel Toledo and more.
Back in 2012, One Style at a Time introduced you to Cuban born, fashion designer Isabel Toledo. Michelle wore Toledo’s famous lemongrass ensemble which included a dress and matching overcoat made of satin, back wool guipure to the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in 2009. It made quite a statement and it was only the beginning of her long time relationship with designers of latin descent. Since then, our first lady has continuously worked with talents such as Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo. Cuban designer Narciso Rodriguez has also dressed Mrs. Obama on more than one occasion. Back in 2008, she wore a red and black shift dress to Barack Obama’s election night. It was quite heartwarming to see her once again shine the spotlight on another dress by Narciso at her last State of the Union Address this past January. This time, all eyes were on her as she dazzled in a beautiful, sleeveless, wool, marigold dress that fit her figure to perfection. It instantly sold out of course, as it was selling at Neiman Marcus for $628. In 2014, Michelle attended the State Dinner and was a vision of elegance in a black, beaded bodice and powder blue skirt that was labeled, ‘Liberty Blue’. This gown was designed by none other than Venezuelan designer to the stars, Carolina Herrera. Her second collaboration with Herrera came in 2015 when she met Pope Francis in another light blue, belted, cowl neck dress. Oscar de la Renta had his shining moment when Michelle wore a drop dead gorgeous blue and black strapless, floral lace pattern to the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors event.
At 52, FLOTUS has provided a refined, chic and elegant style that still feels wearable to the everyday woman. She has also chosen wardrobe from more affordable brands such as H&M and J. Crew and in today’s world that feels comforting to the woman around the world who are inspired by her fashion choices. In a time when diversity is an important topic of conversation, Michelle has brought the world awareness and made bold statements through her style. Although she has left us with quite a spectacular archive so far, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the rest of her term as First Lady.
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