First Lady Fashion

January 21, 2009


Today could not be a more perfect day to unveil our “First Lady Fashion” homepage. Everyone was eagerly anticipating Michelle Obama’s clothing choices for both the swearing-in and the Inaugural balls, and she certainly delivered with a high style quotient. I was personally wowed by her daytime choice of Isabel Toledo, a Cuban-born American fashion designer. I loved the lemongrass color (so fresh and optimistic!), the subtle sparkle and the gorgeous shift and matching coat.


Her nighttime choice of Jason Wu, a 26-year-old up-and-comer, was certainly a surprise. Obama usually opts for vivid jewel tones or bright hues, so her decision to wear a winter white was unexpected. Also, the embellishments on the dress step outside of her usual comfort zone: Obama so often picks sleek silhouettes with clean lines, so the gathered skirt and appliques were something a bit different.


But, she did go with one of the most popular necklines around — the asymmetrical. I thought this was very on point for what’s hot today, and I liked how it broke the line of her broad shoulders. (If you were curious, she chose jewelry by California-based Loree Rodkin including Diamond Linear Earrings, a diamond Ring and diamond bangle bracelets.) I thought the ensemble was a lovely choice. There was something light and ethereal about it, and she and her husband looked as if they were floating on air during their first dance. It is definitely wonderful to see a First Lady embracing young, American talent in such a profound way.

I have been consistently impressed with Obama’s smart, chic sense of style throughout the entire campaign process. That’s why we’re celebrating a group of Portero accessories that would fit right into Obama’s wardrobe. From a huge selection of pearl jewelry (some classic and some very fashion-forward) to a bevvy of brooches (an Obama staple) to a stunning selection of Birkins (you can never go wrong with Hermes), the auctions are up and ready for action. Click below to start shopping:

Pretty in Pearls
Bold Brooches
Hermes Birkins

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