Inauguration Fashion Recap: The First Ladies, Beyoncé, and More!
It may have been Blue Monday, but the style in Washington was shining bright yesterday. President Obama's second inauguration unfolded like a fashion parade with the First Lady leading the way.
She kicked off the day with an All-American look, fastening a black embellished J.Crew belt over a checkered grey and navy Thom Browne coat. The panels of thick fabric created a gorgeous upturned shape at the hem that was perfectly pinched in at the waist—thanks to that rock 'n' roll belt. Underneath the outerwear was more Thom Browne: a diamond-patterned dress with black piping, as well as a Reed Krakoff cardigan and Cathy Waterman necklace.
Michelle's new hairstyle continued to be a big topic of conversation with even the President chiming in: "To address the most significant event of the weekend," Obama joked, "I love her bangs."
Obama's celebrity fans were also out in support. Beyoncé sang the national anthem in a black velvet embellished Pucci gown and black Christian Dior overcoat. Her most stunning style statement was a pair of emerald earrings which lit up as the cameras zoomed in. And her best accessory of all—husband Jay-Z clad in Tom Ford.
Belted outerwear continued to be a big trend for the day with Katy Perry wrapping a caramel brown leather belt around her rust and black shearling coat. She also had a mini-version of Aretha Franklin's huge grey bow from the 2009 event, which she jokingly held up to her own black hat.
And that wasn't the only nod to the President's first inauguration: the First Lady capped off the event wearing a custom gown by designer Jason Wu. Yes, the same Jason Wu who designed her white off-the-shoulder look in 2009. This time around, it was a halter cut ruby red chiffon gown to serve as a bold beginning to what's sure to be strong four years ahead.
Have your say! Who's your pick for best-dressed at the Presidential Inauguration?
By: Laura; Photos by Keystone Press.