First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress by designer Reed Krakoff for the official 2013 White House portrait. This isn’t the first time the First Lady has worn designs by the American designer as she also wore a navy blue dress last year. This year’s look (shown above) is much more mature and sporty.
Her arms are covered which was different compared to last year’s photo where she wore a sleeveless Michael Kors dress. The touch of pearls added the lady-like sophistication Michelle portrays in her seamless looks. She also donned a dress by Krakoff for the Swearing In Ceremony earlier in the year – wearing a blue dress and cardigan.
The dress Michelle wore in her released photograph was a collaboration between Reed Krakoff’s atelier and Michelle. Michelle’s decision to wear garb designed by American helmed labels, is conscious and all in hopes boosting American designer brand awareness. This is also a practice Kate Middleton participates in for our British counterparts. Hence the gorgeous Alexander McQueen wedding dress designed by Sara Burton.
SPOTTED: a Vogue team entering the White House (with cameras and all) last Thursday. Is Michelle Obama set to feature in ANOTHER Vogue cover?! Rumors of Vogue’s presence in the White House has been confirmed by Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House Correspondent. The Huffington Post also reports that the President’s schedule had been cleared that day, which indicated that he will be part of the shoot as well.
Celebrity photographer Anna Leibovitz was also at the scene, who most likely would be working the shoot as she’s shot the First Lady’s first Vogue cover and has worked with the Obama family before.
We’re excited to see what Vogue has in store for us with these secret meetings with the President’s family! Stay tuned to find out!
It has been reported that Beyonce decided to use a pre-recorded backing for her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” yesterday morning at President Obama’s inauguration.
Millions of people tuned in yesterday to watch President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, which began with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed by superstar Beyonce. Her performance was praised by many people, blogs, and media outlets alike– however now it is reported that the singer was actually lip-synching.
This comes as a surprise as Beyonce is known for her strong and powerful voice, so why would she chose to lip-synch? The London Times reports that a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band confirmed that Bey’s was going in over a pre-recorded version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The spokeswoman said it is “standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided rather shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than singing it live on the Capitol.”
This isn’t all that uncommon, at Obama’s first inauguration ceremony in 2009 Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and colleagues performed with a backing track, however this was because of cold and windy weather.
Although it has been rumored that the Marine Corps Band was also pretending to play their instruments, a representative for the Marine Corps Band told the Washingtonian that they were indeed performing live, even though Beyonce decided not to sing. “We don’t know why Beyonce decided to use prerecorded music,” the rep said. “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyonce wanted to use the recording.”
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Last night, America’s first African American President, Barack Obama was sworn into oath for the second time. Annex presents to you Monday’s trending tweets, the Obama family fashion frenzy, and performers from the Ball!
In the morning, Lady Obama arrived at the steps of the Capital wearing a navy blue checked coat by Thom Browne, a bejeweled J.Crew belt and patent pumps, with a bangin’ new haircut and her daughters following behind also notably wearing J.Crew and Kate Spade coats. In a matter of minutes, the J.Crew belt had sold out online with explosive needs for her daughters’ outfits as well (which were all purchased off-the-rack)!
Four years ago, the vibrant Mrs. Obama had chosen a delightful white gown, created by young American fashion designer, Jason Wu, who rose to fame after the Ball.
And here we thought maybe, just maybe, she might go WOO! (Wu) again! Annnd last night, our lovely First Lady made her fashionable appearance in a ruby red custom made halter gown with velvet accents by Jason Wu during the Inauguration Ball!
Beyonce performed a flawless rendition of our National Anthem, Alicia Keys sang her own cover of “Girl on Fire” with the lyrics changed to “Obama’s on Fire,” and Jennifer Hudson sang an Al Green cover as the couple danced on stage. Many more flawless performances by renown artists were made throughout the day.
Here’s the full list (provided by Fox News Insider):
Dan Moose (DJ)
The Inaugural Ball, Halls A, B & C
The Inaugural Ball, Halls D & E
Far East Movement
1.1 million inauguration related tweets were updated on Monday compared to the 82,000, during the President’s first inauguration!
Twitter reported that tweets peaked while Obama stated that “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”
And that’s a wrap! We hope that the next four years will be a four years of progression and change for our country. Fight on Obama!
Inauguration Day is fast approaching and we fashion people anticipate the ever so tasteful First Lady’s gown for the Inauguration Ball. Here’s our TOP 5 picks for the lovely Michelle Obama!
All eyes will be on our First Lady who’s sometimes risque and often times strays from conservative styles. Will she dawn in Jason Wu once again or will she surprise us all with a sultry sheer dress? Find out Monday at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term of presidency!
These were our picks, tell us what you think! Yeay or nay?