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After a week of non-stop coverage on Mrs. O's election night dress, all eyes now look forward. What style influence will Mrs. O have as first lady? And of greatest interest, what and who will she wear for the Inaugural Ball?
Slate Magazine offers "Fashion Advice for Michelle Obama" (and calls us an "obsessive new blog dedicated to her sartorial choices"). A great read and love note to Mrs. O's style. Our only point of contention is the warning about up-dos. We've never seen a Mrs. O up-do we didn't love. Evidence above.
In an interview with Maria Pinto, WWD uncovers information about a not yet worn Mrs. O ensemble: "Obama has at least one more [Maria] Pinto design she has yet to wear publicly, a lean black cashmere number with a 'cascade effect' in back." On what she'd like to see Mrs. O wear for the Inaugural Ball, Pinto says: “I see her sleek but with more froth. It’s right for the moment. I don’t see her in a big, poofy ball skirt.” (Thanks for pointing us to this one Audrey.)
Forbes joins the Inaugural Ball speculation with "Ten Inaugural Gowns Fit For Michelle Obama". A fun read, though they've missed a few obvious contenders in their slide show. Donna Karan talks of designing for Mrs. O in U.K. magazine Grazia: "She has so much of her own style, I would love to dress her. It's not about her clothes, it's really about who she is, and her passion for her children, culture and wellness. I'm hoping to get to work with them - it would be my dream."
From Mrs. O's hometown, the Chicago Tribune declares: "Michelle Obama emerges as an American fashion icon". In the article, Tim Long, Curator of Costumes at the Chicago History Museum, says this of Mrs. O: "As we learn about how much interest she has in fashion, it will be one other thing that shows a complete picture of these two people, who are sophisticated in many ways."
Update: Let's add Jezebel's latest post "Michelle Obama in Vogue: What Should She Wear?" to the list. (Thanks Lisa for sending us the link.) This post follows much speculation that Vogue has approached Mrs. O to grace its cover. And Jezebel's sartorial suggestions are spot-on - this purple embellished number in particular.