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    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 18:27
'A real departure for first ladies'

Yet that will be the beginning." Also in the gift, a pen engraved with Tuesday's date, for Mrs. Bush to begin her memoirs.

A: They were from J. Crew's children's line, Crewcuts. Malia wore a deep periwinkle blue, ribbon belted coat with a black scarf and gloves; Sasha had on a guava pink, ribbon belted short coat, with orange scarf and gloves, over a coral dress.

Q: What did Malia and Sasha do while their parents attended 10 official Inaugural Balls?

A: They had a party at the White House and planned to watch movies, Bolt and High School Musical, with their friends and the children of White House staffers.

Q: What was Sasha's reaction after her father's inaugural speech?

A: Thumbs up, Dad.

Obama's outfits: 'A real departure for first ladies'

By Maria Puente and Olivia Barker, USA TODAYShe picked unexpected silhouettes, unusual colors and non celebrity designers Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo.

Unlike most recent first ladies, she didn't release pictures or descriptions of her inaugural clothes in advance, apparently because she didn't make up her mind until the last moment.

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By contrast, President Obama's clothes Tuesday provided no surprises: He wore a navy blue business suit and white shirt with a red tie under a black overcoat with a flag pin. He wore a Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo to the Inaugural Balls.

But all fashion conscious eyes were on Michelle Obama. ET, she was wearing a white, one shoulder chiffon gown with a fitted bodice and covered with fluffy appliqu and beading, set off by sparkly shoulder sweeping earrings.

"In her elegant gown, (she) sent out a message loud and clear: She is a refreshing dichotomy of change and tradition," said Joe Zee, creative director of Elle magazine. "It's a great night for Jason Wu, and a good night for American fashion in general."

Wu, 26, who was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver and Connecticut, has dressed Obama jimmy choo sale outlet before, including a silk dress worn for an interview on a Barbara Walters special in November.

Near midnight, Wu talked by phone to CNN. He had submitted sketches, along with other designers, but had no idea Obama picked his design until she appeared at the first ball. "It's thrilling, it's emotional, it's inspiring," he said. "For a young designer, you couldn't ask for any more than this. This is my dream come true."

His vision for the dress: "I wanted it to stand for everything she and President Obama are about hope, newness, history. I wanted it to have a dreamlike quality."

Despite his youth, "Jason is known for having a mature sensibility," says Patricia Mears, deputy director of the museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "This gown had a very polished, ladylike quality to it. It's fancier than most ball gowns he does; he does chiffon, he does white, he does one shoulder, but I've never seen it all together with this kind of surface texture."

The Isabel Toledo brocade sheath dress and coat ensemble she wore during the day Tuesday was a distinct departure (recent first ladies have chosen skirt suits), and it was widely acclaimed.

It was an unusual gold yellow color, sparkled a little and had a jeweled collar, and the coat closed with a ribbon at the breast. She wore leather gloves from J. Crew and Jimmy Choo patent pumps, both in a coordinating olive green color.

"It's glorious," said Mears. "It's lemongrass, a golden color, and a real departure for first ladies, who typically dress in primary colors. It's a sophisticated color for a sophisticated woman."

The outfit was designed for the cold weather, she said. The lace is layered over wool, and the pashmina lining provides warmth.

The Obamas "clearly understand the importance of symbolism as they try to inspire a nation," said Anne Slowey, fashion news director for Elle. Obama looked "fantastic," Phelps said. "It's a surprising color for her but one that seems pitch perfect for the historic occasion."

The choice of the Cuban born, New Jersey raised Toledo, 47, whom Obama also has worn in the past, continued Obama's habit of supporting under the radar, on the rise American designers such as Thakoon, Maria Pinto and Maria Cornejo, Phelps said.

"This is a good indication that she'll continue to do so in the White House, which will mean so much to the fashion industry in this time of economic crisis," she said.
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