On the heels of last week's New York Times article, "U.S. Fashion's One Woman Bail-Out?", the Today Show ran a fantastic segment focused on Mrs. O's potential to rejuvenate the failing American fashion industry. Interviewed for the piece, Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles calls Mrs. O "her very own fashion stimulus package", while wearing the very same Thakoon Panichgul inside-out floral dress that Mrs. O wore for the first presidential debate. (A clever nod to Mrs. O that did not go unnoticed.)
Stacy London of TLC's What Not to Wear also appears in the segment, weighing in with insightful commentary on Mrs. O's style appeal and the designers she believes our future First Lady will turn to her for her Inaugural wardrobe. Maria Pinto, Derek Lam and Jason Wu all make her list.
Speaking on the Inaugural wardrobe: A few weeks ago we wrote about The Washington Post's Inaugural Gown design contest to be judged by the esteemed fashion editor Robin Givhan. We were pleased to find that the results are in. And the winner? An emerald green dazzler, with a criss crossing bodice and flowing skirt bespoke for Mrs. O. The gown was designed by 23-year-old Philadelphia native Katie Ermilio, a budding young designer who until recently worked for Teen Vogue.
While not judging the more than 200 designs that poured in, Givhan has been busy responding to questions and comments about Mrs. O's style from Post readers. The responses have been compiled in a transcript found here and are worth a quick scan. The issues raised overlap with comments we've seen left on this site, and Givhan's answers always offer sound perspective (and are at times very funny).