Michelle Obama's Go-to Designers

From Jason Wu to Thakoon to Azzedine Alaïa, these designers have all dressed First Lady Michelle Obama. We take a look at her style and ask you to give your opinion on her fashion selections.
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 09, 2009

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There’s no doubt that First Lady Michelle Obama has become a fashion icon, with many admires following every stylish move she makes. ESSENCE.com takes a look at Mrs. Obama’s latest ensembles by designers such as Michael Kors, Jason Wu, J.Crew and more and asks you to give your opinion on her style. Does she hit the bull’s-eye or miss the mark? You decide.

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The First Lady catapulted New York designer Jason Wu into mega design star status when she appeared in a Wu gown at the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.

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Since the inaugural ball the First Lady was worn Jason Wu for her March Vogue magazine cover, during her European visit and at the White House.

Do you think Wu’s creations should dominate the First Lady’s closet or should she mix it up a bit more?

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Take cues from First Lady Michelle Obama, who has become a fashion icon for her ability to mix high-end designers with mass market staples like J.Crew.

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Our beautiful First Lady has fun with fashion and demonstrates that you can have high style without the hefty price tag.

Has the First Lady inspired you to shop at stores like J-Crew?

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Mrs. Michelle Obama looks to designer Isabel Toledo for elegant and playful patterns like the green dress-and-jacket combo she wore to her husband’s inauguration.

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Designer Isabel Toledo is in tune with Mrs. Obama’s adventurous side. The First Lady sports Toledo’s playful, textured pieces with style and grace.

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Mrs. Obama sought out Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia for the style dish. The designer is known for his figure-flattering details.

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The First Lady is all about the details. She keeps cozy in this stitch-patterned mini pea coat by designer Azzedine Alaia.

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First Lady Michelle Obama rarely makes fashion missteps. Thanks to the likes of designer Peter Soronen, Mrs. Obama dons statement-making pieces wherever she goes.

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Designer Peter Soronen’s collection of sparkling gowns and classic jackets give the First Lady a touch of first-class glamour.

Which look do you prefer on Mrs. Obama: classic or glitz?

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Mrs. Obama manages to stay fashionable and warm, donning designs by Maria Cornejo, who is known for her classic, plush creations.

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The First Lady’s outerwear is also worth mentioning. We love this ultra-sleek navy overcoat by Zero + Maria Cornejo.

What do you think of the First Lady’s winter hues?

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For designer Micheal Kors, you’re either in or your out. First Lady Michelle Obama is definitely a part of the in crowd with her sophisticated approach to fashion.

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Mrs. Obama was spotted out and about during her recent trip to Europe wearing a sleek Michael Kors skirt and a coordinating statement blouse by Moschino.

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Kai Milla, wife of Stevie Wonder, designs for today’s modern woman with an on-the-go lifestyle, which suits the First Lady’s busy schedule and her need to look fabulous and functional. Mrs. Obama chose to wear one of Milla’s eye-catching designs to the Wonder tribute at the White House in February.

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Thai born American designer Thakoon Panichgul is a favorite of Mrs. Obama, who donned several of his designs during her recent European trip with President Obama. Thakoon is known for his classic patterns and luxurious textiles that ooze with stately appeal.

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Mrs. Obama wears a custom Thakoon Pixelated Floral Silk Jacquard Coat with matching dress.

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Mrs. Obama hit the campaign pavement in bright and out-of-the-box colors from her longtime go-to Chicago designer Maria Pinto.

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Designer Narciso Rodriquez is one Mrs. Obama’s usual suspects when it comes to keeping her look classy and modern.

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First Lady Michelle Obama wore this soft and layered Narciso Rodriquez design to the inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

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First Lady Michelle Obama continues to explore bright colors, fashioning a royal blue dress from fresh-faced designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, creators of Proenza Schouler. The two high-end designers recently launched an affordable yet fashionable collection at Target retailers.

Mrs. Obama’s fashion choices have been picked apart by such famous designers as Oscar de la Renta. Do you think the criticism is fair? We want you to weigh in on this hot topic.

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