Remember four years ago when Aretha Franklin wore a crazy grey church hat to the Obama inauguration? Wasn’t that great? Well, Katy Perry got to go to the inauguration this time, and she paid homage to the great Miss Aretha with a version of her hat that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Katy was kind enough to tweet us the baby hat, with the caption, “Big inauguration, tiny Aretha hat.” [Fashionista]
We’ve long been a fan of quirky, sort of out-there American designer Thom Browne, so it’s pretty great to see him get pop culture recognition — on the presidential inauguration stage, no less. The outrageous sportswear designer has been a fan of putting models dressed as lobsters on the runway in the past, but is versatile enough to design clothes that the FLOTUS loves, too. Take a look through his most recent collection, and tell us if you’d wear Thom Browne, too.
Myrlie Evers-Williams is the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Myrlie recounts meeting her husband and how he brought racial empowerment into her life. She also spoke about how they lived in constant fear because what they were doing at the the time – fighting for equality – could cost them their lives as it had already cost the lives of many.
“In 1963 Medgar Evans was shot to death by a white supremacist named Byron De La Beckwith. Beckwith was arrested and brought to trial but two all-white juries were unable to reach a verdict. Myrlie fought to bring her husband’s killer to justice for three decades and Beckwith was finally arrested again and convicted by a multi-racial jury in 1994.” Read more …
After a brief respite, James Franco is back to being The Worst, today unleashing his new poem, “Obama in Asheville,” which was supposedly written for the president’s inauguration or something. The poem reads like a boring Wiki of all the things James learned in English 101, and then veers off to talk about getting a burrito at the burrito shop. It includes references to more than two dozen other authors (that James Franco clearly believes he’s in the company of) an also mentions the graduate class James Franco’s teaching; James Franco in Spiderman; James Franco’s Academy Awards; James Franco attending a Vanity Fair dinner — wait a sec, what does this have to do with Obama again?
The full text of this lousy “poem” is after the jump (and NB to JF: putting a poorly written screed into stanzas does not a poem make). Keep reading »
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, readers! Hopefully you have the day off to (sleep in and) do some sort of public service, but regardless, here is the full version of MLK’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama’s two Inauguration Day outfits are already getting copied. Faviana, known for “reinterpreting” gowns worn by celebrities, drew up sketches immediately after Obama appeared on Tuesday. The knock-off of Isabel Toledo’s lemongrass dress and jacket will retail for $450 and the copy of Jason Wu’s white gown will cost $400, and they, along with other Mrs. O-inspired looks, will be in stores in four to six weeks. This of course might negate the positive effect Obama has been having on independent designers. Also, don’t people realize that they’re not going to look anything like the first lady, even if they wear replicas of her clothes? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
After the day’s festivities, which included dancing until the early morning hours, the president and first lady were probably too worn out to have sex last night, but that doesn’t mean other people didn’t have fun! While there weren’t as many Inauguration Day Craigslist missed connections in Washington, D.C., as there were on election night, there were enough to prove that Obama really does bring people together! Keep reading to see a selection… Keep reading »
The name Jason Wu is hot on everyone’s lips right now, as it should be. The 26-year-old designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown and, let’s not forget, the shift dress she wore for a Barbara Walters interview in November. After the jump, a brief introduction to the cherubic-faced designer, whose dress for the new First Lady will become part of the Smithsonian’s collection of inaugural dresses. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama looked stunning at last night’s inaugural balls in a white one-shoulder full-length gown by 26-year-old Tapei-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu. But her choices might not only be based on what looks good on her. In fact, if you read into yesterday’s outfits, Barack and Michelle are very much on the same page when it comes to fashion and politics.
1. Just as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign aimed to invigorate young people and emphasized that their votes counted, Michelle is giving the same sense of purpose to young designers. No longer does a designer need to be an household name to have their designs worn to big-time events, though it helps if they’ve been in the running for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund endowment like many of the designers she’s worn (Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Thakoon). Keep reading »