First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Gown: A Guessing Game

We can’t wait to find out. What designer will make the final cut for First Lady Michelle Obama‘s inaugural gown?  We loved the Jason Wu confection four years ago and predicted Mrs. Obama would wear white last time round.  Whoever she chooses, we suspect Mrs. Obama will want to flaunt her famous arms (and best feature), highlight her waist and select a look with some ethereal or bejeweled element.

Front runners could be everyone from Michael Kors (although she just wore one a stunning gold gown of his to the Kennedy Center honors), Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier (wouldn’t that be wonderful as I adore her!), Calvin Klein, Peter Som, Thakoon, Donna Karan, Jason Wu (again!) a custom J. Crew, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte (that would be fascinating), Zac Posen (mermaid tail here we come), Parbal Gurung or Tracy Reese.

This time, similar to last time, a handful of designers from around the world also offered up sketches for this historical fashion moment. L’Wren Scott, a Brit, conceived a chic mermaid gown with cap sleeves; Monique Lhuillier showed an icy gray gown with sheer sleeves and a dramatic center slit; Nanette Lepore designed an adorable black-and-white look that perfectly coordinated with age-appropriate frocks for Malia and Sasha. It seems too simple a look, but, we could be wrong. Chanel (which Mrs. Obama would never choose for this or probably any occasion except for an official visit to France) envisioned an elegant strapless gown.

In terms of color, since Mrs. Obama wore white four years ago, a Democratic blue yesterday for the intimate White House swearing in ceremony, and red be perceived as so Republican or it could be a lovely bi-partisan gesture. However, her choice might be silver, a lovely lilac or something elegant in black (for the second night in a row). Now that would be unexpected.

What color do you think she’ll wear? Any guesses?


NJ, The Brunette