Ms. Obama ended up wearing Wu designs on a Barbara Walters special, on inauguration night, and on the cover of Vogue, catapulting the young designer further into the spotlight. For Spring 2010, the 26-year-old served up ladylike glamor with narrow waists, strong shoulders and that certain something that politically-minded women look for. There were a few misses here and there, but the hits keep on coming, in a gallery which begins below.
You could be 26 or 62, and this would work. The modern twinset, the swingy shorts — it's just fresh and springy.
A little bit '40s, a little bit quirky, a little bit Lucy-goes-mad-in-the-chocolate-factory. Is that a good thing?
Ew. Can we pretend we never saw this?
Crisp, tailored, refined, yet relaxed. A winner.
Patterns you wouldn't think go together, but totally do.
This strikes me as very Ladies Who Lunch.
Meh. I want to like this, but I don't. It's not the polka dots, it's the color. And execution.
This dress could go Hollywood or Capitol Hill. Choose your own adventure!
Slightly edgy for Ms. O, perhaps. But completely awesome for the red carpet.
These dresses have vision and a point of view, but they're still wearable.
Jason Wu: Not afraid to do "pretty." Ms. O should order two.
The most whispered-about woman in Washington!
Sexy, yet sophisticated. This one is divine from the back:
It's just such a beautiful shot.
Deep, divine color, completely delicious dress.
Chanel-esque, but with a twist.
I'm not a fan of the plunging neckline, but the proportions on this frock are cool.
Exquisite. What do we call this? Retired fairy princess? Bored heiress? Debutante gone mild?
Everyone needs a punk metal goth ballerina dress. Everyone.
Wu does rich color so well.
Michelle Obama has this on hold. How much do you want to bet?
Feathers! Gorgeous, airy, light.
Charming and cheerful, for parties that dreams are made of.
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