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Mrs. O Steps Out in Washingto

We Are One

Photo by Kevin Mazur for the Presidential Inaugural Committee / Creative Commons

We try to refrain from gushing, but on this occasion we find it more difficult. As Mrs. O walked down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for this afternoon's celebration, the reality that she will be our First Lady finally sunk in. In her style today, we saw a subtle shift befitting of her new role - was it possible that she looked even more impossibly elegant and polished than ever before? For today's celebration, Mrs. O wore a thoroughly well-styled ensemble in camel and black. Her black top sparkled with beaded embellishment radiating from the neckline, and was paired with a camel color knee-length wool skirt. A signature black belt added definition at the waist. Mrs. O's look was topped by a long black scarf and camel color wool coat that coordinated with her skirt. Her coat also brought an unexpected detail - a black lining - that drew the eye in and seamlessly blended with her black top and scarf. Black leather gloves, patent leather kitten heels and long sparkling earrings added polished touches to what was overall, an incredibly cohesive and memorable look. A quote in the current issue of Time from designer Thakoon Panichgul was evoked instantly when we saw Mrs. O this afternoon:

"She is someone with authority and style that people can look up to," says Panichgul. "It's a new way of looking at fashion ... this is about confidence, power and intellect. It's about something more real."

And on that note, we will spend the rest of the evening celebrating you, Mrs. O, and your truly remarkable family. Perhaps this goes without saying, but we look forward to the next several days with unbridled excitement. Today confirmed at least one thing for sure - a tastemaker and style icon, you already are. Update: The LA Times reveals that Mrs. O's ensemble yesterday was the work of Narciso Rodriguez, the same designer responsible for her fashion forward, though somewhat controversial red and black election night dress. Mrs. O has a long history with the designer, wearing his clothes throughout the campaign and notably, for her 2007 photoshoot with Vogue. While we assume yesterday's ensemble was a custom creation, the coat, in particular, appears most inspired by this look from the designer's Fall 2007 RTW collection. The contrast of the ivory wool and interior black lining creates a similar graphic effect to yesterday's camel and black combination. Booth Moore of the LA TImes described Mrs. O's look as "strong, elegant and above all modern." The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released photos from Sunday's events on Flickr. The Huffington Post also has a great slideshow of Mrs. O's recent looks, including close-up images that better show the "sparkle" detail of her top. And per the LA Times, Mrs. O was indeed wearing Loree Rodkin earrings for yesterday's celebration (as suggested by our own Mrs. C in the comments section!)


A Shining Moment: Mrs. O's Purse

As Mrs. O exited the train in Union Station Saturday night, we couldn't help but catch a flash of a black patent purse over her shoulder. As large as a tote, the purse was sleek and shiny, providing a welcome gleam for a winter day. Long a harbinger of spring, patent leather for winter wear started becoming popular a little over a year ago. Large patent purses and totes are now available at every price point, from Marc Jacobs or Miu Miu to Land's End or Target - one more example of democracy fashion in action. Contrasting nicely against her black coat, the patent purse was one more example of how Mrs. O's fashion sense continues to shine on.

Whistle-Stop Chic

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Both Mrs. O's 45th year and the upcoming week of inaugural celebrations are off to a terrifically chic start. Mrs. O was beautifully bundled up for today's historic "whistle-stop" train ride in a black wool swing coat with bracelet length sleeves and exaggerated collar. We recognized the coat from Mrs. O's mid-November dinner date with president-elect Mr. O in Chicago. A purple knit scarf and leather gloves added a punch of color to the look, while coordinating with Mrs. O's understated purple cardigan underneath. For more glimpses of our glamorous Mrs. O during the "whiste stop" tour, continue reading below.

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Image used with kind permission from photographers L. and R. Gravell


Happy Birthday Mrs. O

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Photo by Flickr photographer mikebaird / Creative Commons

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, our Mrs. O, was born January 17, 1964, which makes this her 45th birthday. To borrow the perfect words of RJT, a regular on Mrs-O.org, she is at once an inspiration and a revelation. We could not be more excited for the days ahead.


Inside Mrs. O's Makeup Bag

Over the past few months, our inbox has been full of inquiries about Mrs. O's makeup. And though we love a Mrs. O style challenge, it's proven difficult to uncover Mrs. O's beauty secrets - until now. Mrs. O regularly turns to Chicago-based makeup artist, Ingrid Grimes-Myles. That much we had known, as Grimes-Myles was listed in the photo credits of the September 2007 issue of Vogue, which featured stunning photographs of Mrs. O taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. 

In the past few days, Grimes-Myles has begun to open up to various media outlets, sharing fantastic Mrs. O makeup tips that we're happy to now pass along. According to an article by Cheryl Jackson of the Chicago Sun Times, Grimes-Myles worked as the lead makeup artist for a local Chicago television station, WGN-TV. A few years ago, she was called in to help with preparation for a television interview with then Senator Mr. O. He opted to forego make-up, but Grimes-Myles began chatting with Mrs. O and the two quickly became "fast friends".

Since then, Grimes-Myles has done Mrs. O's makeup for high profile events such as the Democratic National Convention, the Election Night rally in Chicago's Grant Park and for more recent interviews with 60 minutes and Barbara Walters. (The latter two appearances seemed to spark the most interest in Mrs. O's make-up, particularly her lipstick.) Grimes-Myles is also behind Mrs. O's makeup for the much anticipated March 2009 Vogue cover and will style Mrs. O's makeup for appearances throughout the inauguration. In the Sun Times article, Grimes-Myles described Mrs. O's makeup as "not an avant-garde look. It's a professional woman. We want her to be read very natural and polished." It seems Mrs. O brings the same philosophy to her make-up as she does her fashion.

Speaking with US Weekly, Grimes-Myles also revealed her plans for Mrs. O's inaugural makeup. Mrs. O lipstick fans, take note. For Mrs. O's daytime look, Grimes-Myles said she would pick "chic neutrals", enlisting the help of the followng products:

Model Co. Colourbox eye shadow in Seychelles

Stendahl mascara in Noir Black

POP Beauty Blush Cake in Natural in Nudes

It Cosmetics Pencils Dual Ended for Lip in Attract and Energy

For night, Grimes-Myles will give Mrs. O "major glam, with deep, smoky plum-lined lids" (is there a clue about her gown in here, we wonder?).

Her essentials for Mrs. O will include:

Mineral Essence eye shadow in Merlot

Bloom liquid eyeliner in Jet Black Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Berry

Paula Dorf Color Sheer lipstick in Innocence

For those of you lucky enough to attend the inaugural fesitivities, Grimes-Myles passed along these beauty survival tips to DailyCandy. Finally, we asked our resident Mrs-O.org makeup artist, Mrs. B (Laura Bunning), for her thoughts on Mrs. O's makeup:

"Mrs. O has a very pretty, natural look but isn't afraid of an occasional splash of color. She has expressive eyes that pop with smoky eye [makeup], and a beautiful smile that looks great with a bright lip. Women are interested in her makeup for the same reason they are her wardrobe - they admire her style and want to see what's next." Want to see what's next, indeed!