Michelle Obama Dress: Jason Wu Outfit Choice Stuns Fashion Critics at President Barack Obama State of Union, First Lady Was 'Edgier, Gorgeous'
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Michelle Obama's dress is once again the talk of the world, not only for her stunning choice of outfit, but her choice of designer: Jason Wu.
According to UPI, Obama wore another Jason Wu dress to President Barack Obama's fourth State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
A Jason Wu rep described the first lady's incarnation of the dress as "a red organza tweed flounce dress from the pre fall 2013 collection." She accessorized the sleeveless oxblood-and-black design with an Alexis Bittar flower pin.
"Her dress's neckline and armholes were trimmed with leather cording, and the frock's lack of sleeves accentuated Obama's famously buff arms," the Daily Beast said.
Some reviews were mixed, but others were stunned by Obama's choice of outfit.
"The dress she wore to Tuesday's State of the Union was edgier than the sweet dresses she's commissioned from Wu in the past-a sign of their potentially strengthened alignment," Daily Beast writer Misty White Sidell wrote.
"Nothing against Mr. Wu - how could there be when the dress was this gorgeous? - but we haven't seen a first lady give a designer this much exposure since Nancy Reagan met James Galanos," New York Times writer Eric Wilson said.
It looks like Wu has captured the heart of Obama. She also stunned in the ruby-colored chiffon and velvet dress she wore to last month's inaugural balls, according to CBS News. He also created the white gown she wore to the inaugural balls in 2009.
"She has been very strategic by sampling lots of different American designers and up-and-coming designers," said Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "To make a pointed choice to choose Jason Wu both times doesn't sound to me like a political decision. It sounds like an emotional decision."
Any designer would be very privileged to work with Obama.
"There is something about Michelle Obama -- the person, the president's wife, the first African American first lady -- and her sheer elegance, which all culminates into a perfect storm of a force to be reckoned with. One that you want to be a part of," jewelry designer Alexis Bittar said, who designed her flower pin. "She is a powerful symbol for women and our country and sign of where America is going."
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Feb 13, 2013 01:13 PM EST