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

POLITICAL FASHION 101: Michelle Obama v. Anne Romney

Surprisingly, before midnight on November 7th, the 45th President of the United States had been determined. This capped off the most expensive (if not one of the most expensive) campaign seasons in history with a tab of nearly $6 billion. As millions of Americans waited with baited breath of concession and victory speeches that finally took place in the wee hours of the morning, many a fashionista was also playing particular attention to what Michelle Obama and Ann Romney were wearing. More than just a dress, the garment of choice by the First Lady of the United States and the woman who wanted to be, spoke volumes.

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The First Family on Election Night 2012

Autumn Dreams (My Fall Fashion Wish List)

As the air is getting cooler I’m thinking about what I want to add to my closet for Fall 2012.

So what am I dreaming of???

Well…figure flattering midi dresses paired with a rugged pair of boots for some edge. Could never do wrong with a nice lightweight wrap shearling– great for layering with a cozy cashmere sweater as the days get nippy. And of course, who could go wrong with accessories from one of my favorite designers…Michael Kors!

Want to shop my wishlist? Dress, Shearling and Boots can be found at Sundance and watch and satchel on Michael Kors or Amazon.

What’s on your wish list for this Fall?

Some of the things on my Fall Wish List.