POLITICAL FASHION: A New York State of Mind at the 2013 Inaugural Balls

It seems that it was definitely a “New York State of Mind” with the inaugural ball fashion.

First Lady Michelle Obama was a “Lady in Red” last night in a custom-made gown by New York designer Jason Wu.

The “Big Apple” red colored chiffon and velvet gown (paired with a handmade diamond jewelry designer Kimberly Mc Donald and shoes by Jimmy Choo) is a follow up to the white gown by Wu that Mrs. Obama wore in 2009 at the President’s first Inaugural Ball—propelling the Manhattan-based designer to a household name. The gorgeous red dress was the only one Jason Wu submitted for the First Lady’s consideration. He collaborated with McDonald on the jeweled neckline—made of real diamonds.

The Obamas made their first appearance at the Commander-in-Chief Ball, honoring the members of the Armed Forces. There the First Couple was serenaded by Jennifer Hudson. The songstress, dressed in a classic black mermaid style gown, sang a lively rendition of the Al Green classic, “Let’s Stay Together.”

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, was a vision in blue in a gown by another New York designer, Vera Wang. The dapper Bidens were serenaded by singer and actor Jamie Foxx’s rendition of the Ray Charles classic “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

Also donning red last night was singer, Alicia Keys who wore a Michael Kors (another New York designer) gown with an open back for her performance at last night’s event.

At the end of the inaugural festivities, the first lady’s outfits and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.

First Lady Obama in a custom red Jason Wu gown (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
First Lady Obama in a custom red Jason Wu gown (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
The First Couple at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
The First Couple at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
Jennifer Hudson (Photo Courtesy of AP)
Jennifer Hudson (Photo Courtesy of AP)
Jill Biden in Vera Wang (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
Jill Biden in Vera Wang (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)
Alicia Keys in Michael Kors (Getty Images)
Alicia Keys in Michael Kors (Getty Images)
Jason Wu's infamous sketch
Jason Wu’s infamous sketch

SUMMER 2012 KICKOFF: Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic (June 2, 2012)

How does a New York socialite kick off the summer? Why, with the annual Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic, of course!  Debuting at its new location at Liberty State Park (previous events were held on Governor’s Island), the Polo Classic brought some of the tri-state area’s most famous and fashion forward folks together for a super exclusive event.  Proceeds benefit a different charity annually with Work to Ride (a non-profit that teaches the next generation life skills through caring from horses) serving as this year’s beneficiary.

Joined by fellow blogger and friend, Amaris Acosta of Black, Latina & Fabulous, I headed out for a day of champagne, summer fashion and the horses.  After a short ferry ride and a scenic stroll down the promenade (with the New York and Jersey City skylines as a backdrop), we laid down our blanket and prepared for an afternoon picnic, polo and “sightseeing.”

The founder and co-host of this year’s ticket-only affair, Nacho Figueras, took home the MVP award as he led his team, Black Watch, to victory over team Nespresso. Co-host, Clive Owen was joined by a line-up of celebrities, including Minka KellyJason Wu, Alek Wek, Zoe Saldana, Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Zoe and Coco Rocha. The day was all about extravagant outfits, funky hats, carts of champagne and a polo match somewhere in between.

Minka Kelly, Zoe Saldana, and Padma Lakshmi (Courtesy of Guest of a Guest)

Fun was had by all and new friends were made. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

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