The fashion industry has anxiously looked to the election of Obama for months, embracing his wife as an ambassador of modern American style. She has won praise for her penchant for lesser-known designers and bold fashion choices, mixed with her unabashed love for mass fashion from mainstream American retailers.
First lady Michelle Obama wore a sparkling yellow-gold sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for the inauguration of her husband, a choice many applauded as a cheerful message of hope and a vote for the American fashion industry.

She went for an unusual color for January, a bright yellow that will hopefully lend itself to a rosy presidential period. It’s only a few shades away from Pantone’s pick of ‘Mimosa’ as the color of 2009 (see our post of 12/5/08)
How did Michelle stay warm, Toledo knew that it would be very cold out. So she designed something that was very sophisticated and very warm. The upper part of the coat and the back of the sleeve are all lined with a pashmina lining for extra warmth around the torso. There's an intricate layering of lace over wool. She paired the embellished ensemble with green gloves from J. Crew and Jimmy Choo green shoes.

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