For those of you who were gearing up to recreate Michelle and Malia Obama‘s adorably coordinated winter looks from yesterday’s Inauguration, we have some disappointing news for you: J. Crew will be retiring the pieces worn by both “out of respect for the first family.”
Executive creative director Jenna Lyons was on the “Today Show” this morning, and chatted with host Matt Lauer about what it’s like to see the First Lady wear her designs on such a major day. She, like fellow guest Jason Wu, only found out that her pieces were chosen as she watched the television broadcast, when Michelle stepped out in a J. Crew belt and gloves followed by 14-year-old Malia in a dress, coat, gloves, and scarf by the label.
But while plenty of people will be clamoring to snatch up the wares in stores and online, Lyons insisted that the company isn’t going to capitalize on the big day by shilling the first family’s favorite styles. “Obviously there are people who want to have a taste or a part of what [Michelle Obama] is wearing,” she said, “but most often she’s purchased it in previous seasons.” Plus, Lyons confirmed that the FLOTUS is pretty crafty with her wardrobe, so you might not even know where to look for that embellished belt:
“That belt was actually a sash. She fashioned it into a belt around the coat. We won’t rerun that. She did her own thing to that, and out of respect, we’ll let her have her that moment.”
As for Malia’s coat, the style is one they have produced for many seasons, and they won’t retire it entirely, but don’t expect to see the “fresh plum” colorway in stores next winter. If you fit into J. Crew’s teensier sizes, however, the coat is still in stock online, but we can’t guarantee you’ll find an occasion quite so grand to wear it to, nor such well-dressed family members to match with.
Watch Jenna’s segment below after Wu’s interview from the 4:35 mark: