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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.

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

By Tamara

Tamara Walker is the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog, The Curvy Socialite as well as the popular New York Fashion News column for the Examiner. A regular contributor to various fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publications, Tamara also is a public relations and event planning consultant catering to the fashion, beauty, entertainment and non-profit industries.

6 replies on “POLITICAL FASHION: A New York State of Mind at the 2013 Inaugural Balls”

I love that about her too! She consistently supports American designers and retailers (J Crew loves her because she actually helped raised their stock value at one point by 25%). She put Jason Wu on the map and Thom Browne is well on their way now. Here’s to another 4 years of Michelle Obama as First lady.

The dress is lovely! And I love her with bangs. And I had no idea that she helped to promote underdog designers. That is so awesome! She really does make for an absolutely fabulous First Lady.

Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in
your content seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post
to let you know. The design and style look great though!
Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Cheers

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