The Obamas started their busy Inauguration Day at St. John’s Church in Washington D.C. this morning, and despite the chill, the Obama women made big statements with their outerwear.
Michelle wore a navy silk jacquard coat and dress custom-made by American menswear designer Thom Browne, and J.Crew belt and kitten heels. According to Mrs. O, Michelle is also wearing a Reed Krakoff cardigan (perhaps the same one from Sunday’s ceremony?), and a Cathy Waterman necklace.
The New York Times‘ Eric Wilson writes that Browne, who is currently in Paris, found out Michelle selected his necktie-inspired outfit for the big day about half an hour before the first footage of her hit the television screens this morning. Browne said in a telephone interview:
“It’s overwhelming. It is one of those rare moments in someone’s career that you will always remember. There¹s not a word that can really describe it. It’s just amazing. She’s such a strong woman. I wanted her to feel good in it and to feel comfortable, strong, feminine and beautiful.”
That she did. But Michelle wasn’t the only one who knocked it out of the park. Sasha chose a dusty purple Kate Spade topper and dress, and Malia wore a plum J.Crew coat, which you can still buy for $325. Per tradition, all of the First Lady’s outfits from the Inaugural ceremonies will be sent to the National Archives, so unfortunately, we’ll never see Michelle repeat the same coat.
Watch footage of the Obamas going to church below and see photos of the Obamas arrival at the inaugural ceremony below that. Looks like Michelle gussied up her coat with a studded, bejeweled J.Crew belt for the latter.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.