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Special Report: Michelle Obama, Inaugural Hit and Miss.

While it was much discussed that Naeem Khan was a potential choice as the designer for Michelle Obama's fashion choices at the inauguration, the First Lady ultimately went with Isabel Toledo and James Wu. Already known for her fashion-forward style, Mrs. O impressed with her daytime selection, but disappointed with her evening gown.

For daytime events, Mrs. O wore a gold, shimmery, almost light green sheath dress and coat designed by Isabel Toledo. The color was fantastic on Mrs. O, and the style of the dress was at once classy and flattering. The First Lady paired forest green kitten-heeled Jimmy Choos with sage green J. Crew gloves to add color to her ensemble (love that she is such an effective "high-low" dresser). Her silhouette for the day events was reminiscent of Jackie O, but Mrs. O added her own touch with the vibrant colors that really popped against her lovely complexion.

Photo Credit: AP

Mrs. O's choice for daytime events, was promising and lead many to think that her evening gown would be a spectacular gown in a bold color. She chose a white chiffon one-shoulder gown by James Wu. The ruched bodice, high waist, flowery embellishments and excessively flouncy skirt, was really a misfit both in terms of color and style. Colorwise, Mrs. O is known for pulling off vibrant colors with finesse so it was disappointing to see her in such a safe color which didn't photograph very well. Stylewise, the high waist and ruching detail combined with the excessive material on the gown, did not work on her tall, athletic body. The ruffled train was clearly proving troublesome to the First Lady as she danced through ten balls. Furthermore, the too-thick one-shoulder strap overemphasized her broad shoulders.

The color and one-shoulder aspects of the gown were very similar to Nancy Reagan's 1981 inaugural gown. And I think we all agree that Mrs. Reagan could not be more opposite in style than our fashionista-First Lady, Michelle Obama. All in all, the silhouette and embellishments of her gown were more wedding cake-like than anything else. A halter style or strapless gown with a fitted silhouette and brighter color would have been perfect for Mrs. Obama.

Photo Credits: AP

Photo Update: Mrs. O accessorized her inaugural gown with a desi touch! Yay for bangdis!!

Photo Credit: Reuters


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