What The Critics Are Saying About Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Fashions

Wendy Atterberry / January 21, 2009

At last! We finally know what Michelle Obama, our new First Lady, chose to wear on Inauguration Day. Starting the day in a sparkly “lemongrass” colored shift dress and matching coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, Mrs. Obama received mixed reviews from fashion critics. Find out what the fashionistas had to say after the jump.“It’s a puzzling concoction for those of us who like total looks, but still — it’s confident and forward,” says LA Times fashion critic Keren Eldad about the First Lady’s choice of blue-green patent shoes and olive gloves, adding, “The Obamas as a family looked lovely, united, and glamorous. And glamour is a message of hope and of determination. I think they owned it, and they’ve earned it.”

“Some people have said it was a little flashy for the daytime,” opined TV stylist Robert Verdi. “It was a little five o’clock-in-the afternoon and a little less 11am in the morning. She takes risks, she isn’t cookie cutter.”

Of the controversial color, designer Toledo explained, “I called it ‘lemongrass’ because it’s not exactly a yellow, it’s not a green, it’s just in-between. It’s full of sunshine. It really feels like freshness to me.”

After the yellow the First Lady wore during the day, fashion pundits were expecting a jewel-tone dress for the Inaugural Balls and were surprised by her choice of a white gown (or was it a very pale yellow?). According to the critics, the one-shouldered, full-length, full-skirted gown designed by 26-year-old, Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu, which featured a strap across her right shoulder, ruched bodice, fluffy appliques, and sparkly beading, wasn’t quite a “home-run.” Early reports say the jury is still divided. What did you think of the First Lady’s fashion choices? [Telegraph]