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BHM Fashion Tribute: Michelle Obama

Submitted by on February 8, 2010 – 11:04 am4 Comments

While First Lady Michelle Obama has rocked memorable looks, some argue that a true fashion icon is one who creates a “signature” style – like former First Lady Jackie O did, with her large sunglasses and pillbox hats.

Michelle “is more real than iconic,” said David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group, a respected NYC-based trend forecasting agency. “She doesn’t have a locked-in fashion look. She experiments, which is what fashion is about these days.”

Whether she is considered an icon in this category or not, Michelle’s choices in everything from suits to gowns is closely watched, and much of what she wears is sold out at retailers soon after she is spotted in it, or “knocked off”.

She helped put budding designer Jason Wu on the map with her stunning white inaugural gown. “In her own way, she is like a stimulus package for the fashion industry,” Wu said.

Michelle rocked one of Wu’s creations once again, as only the second First Lady to ever land a Vogue magazine cover.

Going back to Michelle being more “real” than iconic, she is known to wear everything from established names in high fashion to little known brands and designers, like Wu, as well as moderately priced gear from retailers like J. Crew.

Michelle’s style appears classic and conservative overall, but she usually adds a splash of risk here and there – whether it’s a bold color, oversized belt or uniquely cut garment.

“For me fashion is fun, and it’s supposed to help you feel good about yourself. I think that’s what all women should focus on: what makes them happy and feel comfortable and beautiful. I wear what I love. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. I’m fine with that.” – Michelle Obama.

Check out video of University of Minnesota fashion historian Kathleen Campbell dissecting our First Lady’s fashion sense:

Source: Reuters, Get Your Fashion Fix

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