With a twinkle in her eye and coat, First Lady Dr.sparkled wearing a custom coat and dress set by New York designer Alexandra O’Neill, founder of the Markarian label. O’Neill was as surprised as anyone!
“I think blue is a great color. It’s a very soothing color that signifies trust, stability, and confidence. I wanted her to stand out,” said the designer. And with celebrities and dignitaries on hand, the new First Lady did. As for Vice President Kamala Harris’ purple ensemble, style expert Denise Caldwell says it reflects the goal of the red and blue – Republicans and Democrats –together. She says Harris’s decision to be outfitted by New York-based also made a statement.
“It was an ode to Black and American designers. It’s youthful, it’s fun, and supports emerging designers. And of course, the President, he didn’t disappoint, had on Ralph Lauren who is the quintessential American fashion,” said Caldwell of Harris’ choice and President.
Fashion Expert Edward Barsamian says we saw an. “It showed America; the best of our creativity and design,” said Barsamian. And he just loved standout style in Aubergine. “Oh my gosh… she killed it. There’s not one moment where we don’t love what Michelle Obama is wearing.”
And clothes do not just make a fashion statement; they can also make a political statement. Barsamian sees Melania Trump’s fashion choices through a political lens. “When Melania Trump became First Lady, she said she wanted to be a traditional First Lady, someone who looks to the past, and her look that date January 2017 by Ralph Lauren was very retro,” said Barsamian about her powder blue outfit that day. She wore Sergio Hudson. Barsamian says the fashion choices of the new First Lady and Vice President present a contrast – a celebration of modern American fashion, creativity, and spirit.