Michelle Obama Inauguration Dress, More Election Night Fashion, More Preppy Sales

Happy Thursday to everyone!  We are more than pleased to see the weekend approaching. For some reason The Princess finds herself more than a little weary this week and the thought of relaxation is appealing.  Is it just us, or are you also feeling a bit sluggish?

We will update our recent posts on election night fashions momentarily, but first, an online site is reporting they know who is doing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown!

According to theYBF (Young, Black and Fabulous) blog, an Atlanta designer has already been asked to create the dress.

“We’ve also learned from Atlanta Gossip that Mrs. O got a jump start on her Inauguration dress plans last week. She already tapped famed African American NY designer Cassandra Bromfield to custom make her Inauguration dress.”

We visited the Bromfeld site, and share one of the gowns featured online:

Courtesy Cassandra Bromfield

From the designer’s bio:

“Bromfield’s wedding dress and bridal designs range from African American wedding dress designs… like patchwork detail couture, an elegant silk taffeta halter dress topped with a satin faced organza duster with delicate French cuffs, to a sophisticated matte-jersey creation that gracefully drapes the body.”

Ms. Bromfield also writes a popular wedding blog.  We will await confirmation of the news on the gown’s designer and share it with you as soon as we know the information.

Now back to fashions already worn; we have a little more information on the Narciso Rodriguez dress seen below (for more photos click here) as worn by Michelle Obama election night.

PHOTO: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

The dress has been widely criticized, near and far. Here is a snippet from one of the Obamas’ hometown newspapers, the Trib:

“Unfortunately, two key tweaks to the runway version of the dress, presumably made to take it from cocktail-sexy to first-ladylike, disrupted its intentions and architecture.

First, the lengthened bodice. Second, the cardigan that Obama layered on top.”

And that is some of the milder criticism. Ouch!

PHOTO: George Chinsee

Next, the navy suit worn by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Tuesday evening.

PHOTO: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Amid much speculation about the suit’s designer, several blogs discovered it is an Elie Tahari creation. However, it is not available at every location carrying the Tahari line, as the navy colorway shown above is exclusive to Neiman Marcus. Below, a composite from New York magazine showing the suit in the Neiman’s catalog and Ms. Palin on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Photos: Neiman Marcus, Getty

An individual appearing to be in the know left comments on fashion blog Trendbites in response to posts about the attire worn by Ms. Palin at the vice presidential debate:

“On behalf of my company…Tahari Arthur S. Levine (a division of Elie Tahari)… Dawn is CORRECT… the black skirt suit that Sarah Palin was wearing at the RNC VP Debate was in fact a Tahari Suit. In addition, she has also been seen wearing the same suit (which was made for Neiman Marcus as a special cut in blue) where she wore the blue jacket over the black skirt, getting more mileage for her money. Lastly, she has also worn numerous suits from our many divisions: Tahari Arthur S. Levine suits which are priced on average at 179.99 – 199.99 and which have been bought at either Macys, Lord and Taylor department stores…”

Below, a photo of Ms. Palin at the vice-presidential debate.

PHOTO: Rick Wilking/Reuters

But here is the really big mystery: who did the dresses worn by Malia and Sasha Obama?  We have received multiple inquiries here at Princess InterGalactic HQ about those darling dresses.  Below, Malia in a red bubble-hem dress with center bow at waist and a cropped cardigan, both in red.

PHOTO: Jae C. Hong/AP

Many think Malia Obama is wearing this Biscotti dress, although with a different belt than the one sold with the dress.  We show it at Nordstrom; it is available at $110. There is a matching/coordinating cropped cardigan Biscotti offers as well, but that does not look to us like the one Malia was wearing.

Here is a better shot of both girls with their father, the President-elect.

PHOTO: Jason Reed/Reuters

Now to avoid any controversy, we do want to share that we have also confirmed who the President-elect was wearing Tuesday night:

He was wearing a Hart Schaffner Marx custom suit very much like the one worn at the Democratic Convention. There are more detail and photos of that suit here, our post with “The Inside Story on the Candidate’s Suit.”  Selecting this suit was another wise choice: it looked great and the Hart Schaffner Marx manufacturing facility is in the Obamas’ home state of Illinois.  Click here to see an almost identical HSM suit.

An update on markdowns being taken by retailers everywhere, beginning with J .Crew, now offering an additional 30% off their sale merchandise.

This will also act as our Argyle Update for the day, as we show the Boys’ cotton-cashmere duke-argyle vest, now more than 50% off its original selling price, before the extra discount is added to the mix. (“Subtracted” from the mix?)

Crew is also offering their wonderful Madras cabana bag; it is also discounted by more than 50%, and this is before the additional 30% discount.

Of course regular readers know we are fiends for madras, as evidenced by our goodies at the Preppy Princess Emporium, like our lush and lovely Set Point Towels.  (Psst…hunting for a gift? The monogramming on these is included at no extra charge!)

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Neiman Marcus continues their online clearance:

Nordstrom is offering their Half Yearly Sale for Women and Kids.

And the online clearance is still ongoing at Talbots as well as their Collection Sale with merchandise like this Collection Jacket in Ivory.

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And finally, for today’s Pretty in Pink, we share one of our major obsessions here at the Prepatorium: the Globetrotter Vanity Case at Vivre, from Globetrotter’s Candy Collection.

The lining is done in an exquisite Liberty of London print. (The store on Regent Street is on TP’s list of Top 5 shopping meccas in Europe.)

If one requires a tad more room for their belongings, there is always the Trunk, also from the Candy Collection, and also exclusively at Vivre.

If anyone has info on the dresses worn by the Obama girls, please share!

// 12 Comments

12 Comments on Michelle Obama Inauguration Dress, More Election Night Fashion, More Preppy Sales

  1. TCP
    November 6, 2008 at 5:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh, you are not alone, PP! This week feels like it has last at least a month or more.

    Love the scoop on the Inauguration gowns…keep it coming!

  2. Momx2
    November 6, 2008 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I hope she wears something classic and timeless because lately she’s had some not so great choices.

    I love that Obama wears Hart Schaffner Marx suits. That’s what my grandpa always wore when he dressed up (he was a farmer with really good taste!).

    Thanks for keeping us up to date!

  3. Preppy 101
    November 7, 2008 at 2:03 am (6 years ago)

    Michelle O looked great in the j. Crew ensemble. But since then – not so great. And I would love to see her in classic, timeless fashion. Just have to wait and see…

  4. TAG
    November 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm (6 years ago)

    To everyone reading this: I own, love and highly recommend Preppy Princess towels! They are hanging in my bathroom as we speak. :)

  5. Coco
    November 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s the time change! As for all things Liberty, I’m surprised that the PP has never brought up or covered the fabulous children’s line Papo d’Anjo. Liberty even makes exclusive prints just for them.
    Cheers!

  6. Europafox
    November 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Poor Michelle O has set such a high bar for herself because the bulk of her wardrobe is incredible. The red – black dress isn’t fabulous, but it’s different, and I admire her for that. Her critics should switch BBC parliament on and take a look at our female MPs – they would be ‘enlightened’. BTW – I homed in on your Liberty reference – oh Liberty – it is a dream!

  7. Cassoulet Cafe
    November 7, 2008 at 7:07 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, you are so thorough :) Interesting read and visuals, thank you PP!

  8. Victoria
    November 7, 2008 at 2:40 am (6 years ago)

    Alas, I too wasn’t exactly mad about that dress the other night either, a bit too flashy. I felt as if someone had drawn an X across her waist with a magic marker! And the last thing we want is to cross off the brilliant Mrs. O! If it was absolutely necessary to do a sleeve couldn’t she have picked a little jacket instead? Can she not hire our beloved PP as her wardrobe consultant? And yet the dress was attention getting.. here we all are talking about it. She is telling us things are NOT going to be dull! Mrs O is so adorably fresh we just want the best for her!

  9. PreppyPrincess.com
    November 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh Miss Teddi, thank you for sharing your ‘Towel Love’ with everyone. (Can we refer to it by that moniker?)

    Miss Victoria, you are much too kind, and Miss Europa, we do actually watch Parliament occasionally (please don’t find us to be too terribly strange) and you are absolutely right!

    Miss Coco, thank you for the tip, we will be investigating that line soonest!

    :-)

  10. savvymode sg
    November 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm (6 years ago)

    great post. neiman marcus is having a sale too.

  11. titus2woman2009
    January 19, 2009 at 12:21 am (6 years ago)

    Alas, your critique of Michelle Obama’s style choices is so boring. Why are you still insisting that everyone look like you. “Timeless and classic” are not absolute ideals so don’t pretend to have cornered the market on the clothing that may or may not fit in that category.

    Loosen up, because if you don’t you will have raised eyebrows for the next four years and we all know how difficult that will be with your Botox injections!

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