What Michelle Obama Should Wear To The Inauguration

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Today, Style.com ran sketches for Michelle Obama's inaugural wardrobe by designers Derek Lam, Vena Cava, Doo.Ri and more Fashion Fund winners. Which means: more styles for everyone to choose from!

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For The Steps:

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Albertus Swanepoel, 2008 Fashion Fund Winner, says"I actually believe she should wear a pillbox—the new era of Camelot!" We say: a tad literal, no?


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Karl Lagerfeld's suit is way cuter than his gown. And there's something to be said for classic Chanel...


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Doo-Ri Chung, 2006's Fashion Fund Winner, says, "The inauguration will be a historic occasion, so I wanted the dress to be something in her comfort zone. I stayed with the tailored, fitted silhouette that she prefers but used a print that I felt was celebratory." We say: srsly? We've seen rocks that felt more celebratory.



May We Suggest...?


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Grace Kelly's look from High Society is both chic and whimsical!













For The Ball:


The Good:

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How gorgeous is this ethereal Rodarte?


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Loving Marc Jacobs' Poiret-esque drape.


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Yeah, Peter Som's hitting us over the head with "Jackie O," but still...


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This Diane von Furstenberg is lovely. Downside: we really don't want to see Whitney Port at the Inaugural Ball, and you know she'd "need" to be there.


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Derek Lam's "nile green crepe" is one of our faves of the bunch: the simple lines and unconventional hue would feel fresh but classic, and he'd still be a fun and surprising choice.



The Bad:

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Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa say, "For the ball Michelle should wear this ivory one-shoulder silk crepe column with draped overlay and crystal hand-embroidered bodice." We say: Dynasty much?


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We know Barack loves Lincoln, but Zac Posen's Mary Todd is a bit much!


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Alexander Wang says: "It's sexy but sophisticated…business in the front, party in the back. It is the inauguration ball!"
We say: Maybe that's why you might want to wear something slightly more fun than a friggin' LBD?!


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We dig the drama of Monique Lhuillier's gown, but red? Really? It just feels so...First Lady!


The Not Happening:

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The Vena Cava designers, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, would like to see Michelle rock "this floor-length gown made out of silk and polyester twill in one of our signature prints." We say: with all due respect, we don't think the country's ready for quite that much change.


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All the Lacroix sketches are totally absurd, like he knows there's no way she's going to choose them. Still, imagine how impressed the French would be!


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Maybe Betsey Johnson should just costume the whole capital, like it's a big George M. Cohan show!


May We Suggest:

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If you want to channel 60s, it doesn't get better than Doris Day in Pillow Talk!


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Hey, why not?


Michelle Obama: What Should She Wear? [WWD]
Runway to Change [Style.com]

DISCUSSION

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Hortense Smith

There is not enough purple here. Michelle looks ridiculously awesome in purple, and it goes along with the whole "No Red States, No Blue States" theme.