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In Uplifting (J. Crew) Fashion

Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

For tonight's "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future" concert, Mrs. O again dazzled in true First Lady style. The colors of the night were blue and yellow, a palette that exuded much needed optimism.  Mrs. O's message? In keeping with the theme of National Service Day she told her youthful audience: "You kids are the future of this great nation. We need every American to serve their community, including our young people."

Wearing a silver blue metallic lace shell paired with a sky blue pencil skirt, Mrs. O kept her look young and fresh by adding a canary yellow cardigan into the mix. An elastic belt cinched her waist, closed by a distinctive (and familiar) enamel buckle. Again recycling accessories, Mrs. O wore a set of diamond bangle bracelets we recognized from election night; and might her drop earrings have been the work of Loree Rodkin for a second night running? For a full view of Mrs. O's outfit, click here and here. T

onight's ensemble was feminine, while full of unexpected pairings - and for both of these things, thoroughly modern. By our account, this is already an inauguration for the ages, style and otherwise. Needless to say, we look forward to tomorrow immensely.

Update: For Monday night's "Kids Inaugural" concert, Mrs. O turned to chic and affordable retailer J. Crew for her wardrobe. Mrs. O wore a classic olive cashmere cardigan over a French metallic lace shell with a deep blue wool serve pencil skirt (the shirt and shell were lined in silk charmeuse). The ensemble was specially designed for Mrs. O, but highlights will appear in the Fall 2009 J. Crew collection.

A sketch of the J. Crew design: 


Serving in Style

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Photos via the Presidential Inaugural Committee / Creative Commons

Supporting military families has long been a cause close to Mrs. O's heart. As part of National Service Day and the Renew America Together initiative, our soon-to-be First Lady volunteered at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial stadium today to assemble packages for U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Voice of America reports that more than 75,000 kits containing food and personal items for soldiers were assembled.

For the occasion, Mrs. O was tastefully dressed in a medley of complementary shades of blue. A teal cardigan was worn atop a powder blue shell, while a royal blue patent leather belted cinched the waist.  Mrs. O paired her layered tops with gray pinstripe trousers, lending the ensemble an easy going polish. Diamond stud earrings added just a touch of sparkle. Bravo Mrs. O, for an effort that was truly stylish through and through.


Inaugural Wardrobe Shrouded in Secrecy

It looks like we'll have to wait until tomorrow to hear the answer to the most speculated question of recent months: What will Mrs. O wear? MSNBC article and video here.

The Jewelry of Carolyn Rosenberg

 Image via juli b chicago

As we await more fashion revelations from Mrs. O's inaugural wardrobe, let's take a look back at one of Mrs. O's more spectacular (but under-examined) accessories from the campaign: the lush purple feather and bead brooch. We saw Mrs. O wear it on CNN's The Larry King Show performance, pinned to a sleeveless top. And she also wore it on her Narciso Rodriguez striped jacket at a National Partnership for Women and Families event in Washington, D.C.

It is a playful, ultra-feminine piece of jewelry; it acknowledges vintage style while embodying a decidedly contemporary tone. The designer is Carolyn Rosenberg, a Chicago-based jewelry maker. In an exclusive interview with www.Mrs-O.org, Rosenberg told us that she started by taking classes in metalworking at a Chicago arts center. From there, she branched into expanding her designs.

"I had a collection of vintage feathers from my great aunt, who had been a milliner," she says. "And so I used them when I was commissioned to do a very small collection of pins."  Who commissioned her? None other than boutique owner Ikram Goldman. Rosenberg loved the idea of repurposing the gorgeous feathers, although she frequently dyed them; to anchor the feathers, she used beading in the same tones. Rosenberg knew that Mrs. O had one of her feather pins - "I was asked to make a purple one for her because she had seen some of the other feathered pieces" - but she didn't know when Mrs. O would be wearing it. Then Mrs. O appeared on the Larry King show with the purple feather pin high on her shoulder and Rosenberg's phone starting ringing. "All the relatives recognized it immediately and started calling," she says.

Currently Rosenberg is finishing up her second collection, which is based on vintage beading and embroidery work collected from flappers' dresses. "Sometimes the dress can't be saved because of tearing or deterioration of material," she says, "but the bead work is wonderful." No one has seen this collection yet, but Rosenberg hopes that maybe one day Mrs. O will wear one of those pieces, too. "Regardless of who or what she's wearing, I can't think of a better spokeswoman for today," she says. Naturally, we agree.


More Zero + Maria Cornejo for Mrs. O

Mrs. O's Saturday ensemble remains somewhat of a mystery. Who designed that incredibly chic black coat? We'd like to know as much as you would. The designer of at least one piece from Saturday has been revealed. Underneath Mrs. O's coat was a refined purple jacket with clean lines reminiscent of a familiar pair of suits. Indeed the jacket is from the same label, Zero + Maria Cornejo, one of the most exciting in Mrs. O's style line-up. "I am thrilled that Michelle Obama is wearing Zero. Like many of the women that purchase the collection, she is a woman of strength, integrity and intellect," Cornejo says. The jacket belongs to a collection of eight suits that Maria Cornejo designed and tailored for Mrs. O, each in a varying jewel tone. This begs the question, might we see more Zero + Maria Corenjo in the next few days?