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Dec122009

Oprah at the White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Plans this evening? "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special," airs on ABC at 10PM EST tonight. If you missed the special, Oprah as posted clips to her YouTube channel, here.

Any ideas about who made Mrs. O's plum velvet dress?

Update: We have confirmation that this dress is another stunning creation by Azzedine Alaia.

What a lovely, incredibly flattering shilouette on the first lady. We do love the cut-out details on the sleeves and through the skirt. To accessorize, Mrs. O paired a double strand of pearls with a diamond floral brooch - the same worn with her Lanvin dress in Oslo last week.

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Reader Comments (111)

I love our first family and looking forward to watching tonight!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterOntaya

They look great.

Not sure what they are wearing.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Oooh-la-la. Mrs. O brings a whole new range of possibilities for "visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads." Yum. And such elegance.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered Commenterphilly

Hey, guys. Don't forget that Mrs. O and her hubby will be attending the annual Christmas in Washington concert tonight. It airs on Dec. 20th but I'm sure we'll get some pictures of the gown this evening.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I love both dresses. The colors are amazing! I can't wait to see more pictures. Thank you so much for this blog. I'm hoping Santa will bring me the book for Shristmas.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM | Registered CommenterCarla Hood

Sexy, appropriate, yet festive. I love the little sparkly broach on the side of the pearl necklace and the dress fits her like a dream. I wish more of her outfits fit her so well like this. Whoever the designer is, she needs to wear their clothing more often.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:05 PM | Registered CommenterAri

The dress is Azzedine Alaia, from the Fall 2009 collection

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamesy

This is such a festive color and looks good on FLOTUS. I don't know why but I think it might be Alaia again. I saw the the commercial for the special and caught a glimpse of the bottom part of the dress . It look full with some ruching...we'll have to wait to see!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

Drop dead gorgeous, this photo made me gasp, Michelle looks AWESOME. The V-neck style, the velvet dress, the COLOR, the necklace, everything is perfect!

Oprah looks pretty good too. Notice the CARDIGAN on her.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:35 PM | Registered Commenterbabs

I love seeing them...Can't get enough of them. All I want for Christmas is for the economy to recover, for Ms. T to have more success for her site and eight more years of the Obamas. Merry Christmas to all of you Mrs. O readers!!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarilyne

Dear Jamesy, Thank you for this tip! Do you have anymore details you can share? Please feel free to email at contact@mrs-o.org if that's easier. Best, Mrs. T

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM | Registered CommenterMrs. T

Mrs.T, i think the dress is Rodarte.i remember kristen dunst wearing a dress similar to what Mrs.O is wearing.but the sleeves on kirsten dunst's dress were sheer and is wasn't a full skirt.

they all look great but i hate picture.same with her pic with barbara walters where u barely see what she is wearing.please samantha appleton, we need a full-length picture of the First Lady.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM | Registered Commenterchrystelle

Now this is the Alaia I know and love! The ice blue gown from the Nobel Peace Prize award dinner in Norway was not the best in my opinion and distorted her figure in a strange way. This dress makes her waist look tiny and embraces her womanly figure, which is usually what an Alaia creation does. The blue dress did not. I've seen his gowns on other celebrities and was shocked by how unflattering and too long the gown was. Any way, I love the cut outs on the wrist and bottom of the dress. The color is really pretty too.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM | Registered CommenterAri

Gorgeous!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

(Re the Alaia worn in Oslo -- I'm wondering if the bottom part of the dress was steamed wrong which caused the ruffles to stretch out and that's why it was so long. The top of the dress was a gorgeous fit)

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

Oprah wears the cardigan to cover her heavy arms (she has said so herself on many previous occasions); she does not do it to copy Mrs. O, and BTW, Mrs, O has no such problem as toned as she is.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterNora

Here is another White House Christmas party look I found on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/smalldog/4165754949/

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnagrom

I think Mrs.O is every fashion designer's dream model. TALL, STATELY,VERY REFINED, LOOKS GREAT IN ALMOST EVERY COLOR and SHE HAS A PRESENCE ABOUT HER that causes her to stand out from the rest you notice her immediately.

I love the dress the is "LOVELYFUL" (I guess you realize that I've run out of adjectives to describe FLOTUS) and the fit is Divine showing off her curves. I would really like to see her in more figure flattering outfits likr this one.

BEAUTIFUL SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:46 PM | Registered CommenterTsetse Johnson

I cannot wait to watch tonight because they're a movement by themselves, but they're a force when they're together (Ne-Yo's voice) Happy watching!!!

BTW, I hope I don't ruin it for some of you guys, but that necklace is an anniversary gift from her hubby!! I saw a sneak peak on CNN. Actually, I don't know if he was talking about the brooch or the whole necklace. Maybe you guys can decipher when you watch tonight.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:05 PM | Registered CommenterNyon

She is just soooo Fashion Forward.. Love Love Love her style.. She makes everything look good IMHO.. Oprah's ensemble is beautiful as well and Prez... well... he's just loving it!!! Beautiful People!!! ITs ABOUT TIME :))))))))))))))))

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterMS. R

they all look great, but Oprah looks fanatastic!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered Commenternona

Seriously, all three of them have hit it out of the park regarding color, fit and flair. Wow. I am a huge fan of burgundy and plum around the holidays. What a great neckline for the FLOTUS. Face-framing and flattering. Just gorgeous.

Note to the photographer: Great portrait but you should have removed the mics from the ladies before clicking.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:28 PM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

Everyone looks fabulous. I am proud of FLOTUS and POTUS. This site is so refreshing in light of such negativity that you see on many other sites!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM | Registered CommenterTHC

Here's a link to a sneak peek of Oprah's interview with the Obamas at the White House

http://www.eonline.com/videos/v47941_christmas-with-the-obamas.html

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:50 PM | Registered CommenterLeah D

I know this site is about Mrs. O, but I have to say that the other Ms. O (Oprah) looks really great. Her make up is perfect and her hair is always on point.

Good job to Mrs. and Ms. O

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

Skirt detail visible on the video (http://www.eonline.com/videos/v47941_christmas-with-the-obamas.html). Thanks, Leah D.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

@ Nyon "...and while he's good all by himself, she makes him better!" ;-)

I think it was the brooch that he got her, not the necklace.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

I love our first family Oprah is my idol. Fabulous.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterDiane

LOVE MRS O PURPLE VELT DRESS IT MADE HER LOOK SLIM I CANT WEIT TO SEE HER SHOES I BET ITS THE SAME COLOR AS HER DRESS MAYBE SIVER AND OPRAH WILL SHE STILL HAVE HER WEAVE ON SHE LOOKED OK. MR OBAMA LOKED GOOD AS ALWAYS THEY EVEAN GOING TO SHOW BO TO . I WISH THEY SHOW THE KIDS BUT I DOUBT IT. THE OBAMAS DONT REALLY SHOW THERE KIDS TO MURCH BUT THEY TRY TO GIVE THEM PRIVITEY AND AS MURCH AS THEY CAN . YOU WILL SEE THE WHOLE FAMILY ON THE CRISTMAS SPECIAL IN WASHITON THEY JUST DID LAST NIGHT ON DEC 20.ON TNT.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:27 PM | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Hmm, check out the cut-out detail on this dress: http://www.brownsfashion.com/product/designers/index/women/azzedine_alaia/010509430015.htm

After looking at the video (thanks LeahD) I'm convinced that Jamesy's report is correct.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:34 PM | Registered CommenterMrs. T

I agree, Mrs. T. I really love the dress. When Mrs. O hits the mark, she knocks it out of the park!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:37 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

@ Anagrom - I saw this the other day. Very nice outfit, it looks like the yellow Michael Kors she wore to a fashion event at the White House and the red Michael Kors she wore to the president's big speech at the UN. It is a great fit for her. I like the gold color.

Here's another picture from that same flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smalldog/4166511688/in/photostream/

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

@ Anagrom - Thanks for that link. She has the same outfit in a BEAUUUTTifful shade of of red. She looks goegeous as usual.
Season's Greetings to ALL my fellow readers / commenters on Mrs. O and a special one to our OTHER First Lady (of The blog) Mrs. T.

@ ohreally - OHREALLY???!!! What is YOUR problem? Need some??

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:47 PM | Registered Commentertrinisamba

Oprah looks sensational.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterjestina

This video is so great! I can't wait for the special tonight! And yes, they are all looking wonderful.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:25 PM | Registered Commenterzile

Zile - thanks for the great video. Mrs. O looks absolutely radiant in that color. Her makeup is glowing. The pearls and attached brooch are perfect with what appears to be a perfectly-fitting dress. The rug and the entire room seem perfect for Christmas. I'm looking forward to the special.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:48 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

Hey Tracey, I just saw a picture online of the Obama's at tonights Christmas concert. Michelle looks exquisite. A simple short sleeve black dress with black earrings. She is a picture of elegance (as always)

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterjestina

For those wanting to know how to make a hot link, these are instructions posted by PalGirl2008 back in July:

If the link is "http//:Mrs.O.com" and you want to title it "Michelle" write the following:

<*a href="http//:Mrs.O.com">Michelle<*/a> ... (just remove the stars)

The stars are there to keep the example from becoming a hot link.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:55 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

New pics from today's event:
http://www.daylife.com/photo/09dLgl10u85oS?q=michelle+obama

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:56 PM | Registered CommenterYOLA

Wow, Zile that was an incredibly sweet snippet. You know, other blogs can say what they want to, but here, YOU GUYS ARE ON THE BALL! This is some of the best play by play reporting on the internet...I'm proud to be in this community. Love to you guys!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

jestina,

WOWZA!! That is a gorgeous look! Very sexy for a First Lady!

I have to say, it's still shocking to see a First Lady who is wearing modern sexy clothing. Sometimes it just hits you how different Michelle Obama really is.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 7:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterTracy

OUR first lady looks Gorgeous !!!!...N yes Barack bought her the brooch...She's wearing n the pic...Awww soooo sweet...Luv these 2 !!!...Can't wait 2 c them 2nite...On t.v n Bo also...Lol.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 7:39 PM | Registered CommenterJaylanie2363

GONNA WATCH FLOTUS AND POTUS WITH OPRAH NOW. SO EXCITED TO THESE THIS SHOW.

Y' ALL COME BACK NOW ERE (SMILE)

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 9:47 PM | Registered Commenterprettiribbons

Oh, I think she's wearing the flower brooch in her pearls, same one we saw in her Lanvin dress for The Nobel ceremony. Got to love that Michelle Obama!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 10:18 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

LOVE HER EVER SO MORE AFTER THIS SPECIAL!!!'


TRUTH SPOKEN... Don't envy but work hard on your marriage, they will be bumps, never pretend to perfect.

They are both right, Obama needs a strong woman and Michelle needs a strong man. They balance each other well and he does check her out because that respect as foundation grew to love and being together. RESPECT, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, NOT EXPECTING PERFECTION

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 10:46 PM | Registered Commenterbriana

That was sweet. FLOTUS and POTUS looked adorable. I watched while I ate my White House honey cupcakes (delicious, by the way) and enjoyed my spot of tea. I love that dress on her, wonderful color.Oprah had some thought provoking questions (wasn't really expecting that) and both of them were graceful. Everyone looked so nice...really a fun special.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:06 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

The special was wonderful, but I really wish it was not so short. It should have been a two-hour special instead :(
The color of that dress looked truly wonderful against her skin - she looked radiant!
My favorite part was when Mrs.O said. "he still checks me out." Oh yes, he does. :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM | Registered Commenterzile

I love this couple, they are so real together....he does check her out and he does admire her strength...strength in women is usually disregarded by men in this society...they want women to be more submissive...how great is it that two people can be EQUALLY strong and love and admire each other.

Michelle looks so lovely and I loved that shade of lipstick she wore tonight!! Bo is such a cutie!! I want a Bo!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterThatOtherMimi

Did anyone else think that Oprah's dress was an homage to the red dress worn by Mrs. O to the first meeting with the Bushes? Same sort of top .Just in a shiny fabric. If she chose that dress because of that, it would be awesome!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterMolly

You lucky gals, Charlene & Zile - It's only 8:14 here on the West Coast and I'm exhausted and falling asleep. I may have to tape the special and watch it tomorrow. I know I'll enjoy it whether tonight or tomorrow.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:15 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

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