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

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]