When it comes to dressing, Michelle Obama never disappoints, but today she took things to new heights, arriving at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration in a look that radiated the power, grace, and style she’s well known for.
The belted monochrome look in shades of burgundy and plum is by Black designer Sergio Hudson, a longtime collaborator of the former First Lady who has also worked with Rihanna and Beyoncé. She accessorized it with a voluminous blowout, leather gloves, Stuart Weitzman boots, and a silk face mask. Somehow, the outfit has the combined effect of making her look cozy and comfortable, as well as very glamorous and commanding (which I suspect has as much to do with the kind of energy Michelle Obama gives off as the clothes she wears).
So far, the inauguration has been a deliberate moment of fashion diplomacy for the Democrats, a far cry from Donald Trump’s ketchup-colored ties and Melania’s mystifying Zara jackets. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden were in American designer Ralph Lauren, while Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris has been wearing exclusively Black designers for all of her inauguration events. Yesterday, it was a camel coat by Pyer Moss, and she began today’s events in a full look by Christopher John Rogers. Later, she too will change into Sergio Hudson.