December 9th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Inauguration Day fashion

Obama will reportedly be wearing a tuxedo from suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx.
Obama will reportedly be wearing a tuxedo from suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx.

(CNN) – The presidential inauguration party tops the list of formal affairs next January, and President-elect Barack Obama is rumored to be preparing for his big event: He’s believed to have ordered a simple and classic black tuxedo by the union-friendly suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx, a stylist to which the president-elect is said to be faithful, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But most likely all eyes will be on the future first lady’s outfit. So, what will Michelle Obama wear on her husband’s big day?

Women’s Wear Daily is featuring sketches by high-profile designers on its Web site of possible Inauguration Day outfits for Mrs. Obama and among the contenders are simple and classic designer Nicole Miller, the elegant and timeless Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and the funky and youthful California-based fashionista Betsey Johnson.

And the Obama girls were not forgotten. The Web site features drawings of potential outfits for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, from dressy skirted coats to children’s gowns.

Mrs. Obama, who is often compared to former first lady and style icon Jackie Kennedy, took some heat for her election night attire as she donned an attention-grabbing red and black Narciso Rodriguez shift dress.
The future first lady has said she often sports modestly priced labels like J.Crew and Donna Rico, and favors local Chicago designer Maria Pinto. But Inauguration Day could call for a pricier piece, and fashion’s elite are prepared. Whatever the future first lady decides for Inauguration Day, the fashion world will surely be watching.

soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. LAW

    Will Michelle wear the black widow spider outfit again, you know, the black one with the big red belly?

    One look and it gave me the creeps, and I generally don't care a thing about fashion.

    December 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    To the pathetic lames who wish to project thier own personal image insecurities on Michelle grow up and get a life. Michelle is not fat in anyway. Matter of fact in and interview for People magazine our First Lady Michelle, states that she gets up at 4:30 in the morning for a 90 minute work out three days a week. Goggle it! I'd like to see half you get your lazy rear ends out of bed to do that! She looks normal and not like a stick figure Stedford wife. And even if she were to lose more weight you'd then be screaming she is to thin...get a life!

    Lastly for you other idiots worried about money, where were you in 2004? It cost the Inauguration committee $8 million for Bush! This financial crisis isn't new. And why would you want to put more people on the unemplyment line by suggesting that the inauguration be canceled? And for the record the Funding for the Inaguration is donated money to the Presidential Inauguration Committee. the only thing tax payers pay for is the much needed security. Thier attire is either going to be on loan via the designers for bragging rights or they bought them out of thier own pocket.

    December 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Matt

    Crybaby neocon sour-grapes boo-hooing in 5, 4, 3, 2...

    December 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. dwayne

    The only thing black and white Obama will be wearing is a jail suit, along with his corruption cronies Gov of Illinois and Rezko, along with others…..Let the fun begin before Obama takes office, if he actually takes office before they find something else invalid, like his birth certificate. ..this whole thing is going to be fun to watch…..Obama stumbling on his words today how he never talked to the Governor, but David Axelrod said two weeks ago that Obama has talked to the Governor about his Senate seat replacement. Let the lies begin!!!!

    Hopefully GW & Cheney will be wear black and white stripes first. You know all the lies and crimes they committed in the past 8 years!

    December 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    To the pathetic lames who wish to project thier own personal image insecurities on Michelle grow up and get a life. Michelle is not fat in anyway. Matter of fact in and interview for People magazine our First Lady Michelle, states that she gets up at 4:30 in the morning for a 90 minute work out three days a week. Goggle it! I'd like to see half you get your lazy rear ends out of bed to do that! She looks normal and not like a stick figure Stedford wife. And even if she were to lose more weight you'd then be screaming she is to thin...get a life!

    Lastly for you other idiots worried about money, where were you in 2004? It cost the Inauguration committee $8 million for Bush! This financial crisis isn't new. And why would you want to put more people on the unemplyment line by suggesting that the inauguration be canceled? And for the record the Funding for the Inaguration is donated money to the Presidential Inauguration Committee. the only thing tax payers pay for is the much needed security. Thier attire is either going to be on loan via the designers for bragging rights or they bought them out of thier own pocket.

    December 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Deb in Colo

    A suit is a suit – what's Michelle wearing?? ;)

    December 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Larry Craig

    Mike – Syracuse...

    I was hoping you were smart enough to realize I was speaking to ALL of your comments on these blogs. ((psst... not just 'this' one))...

    guess not.

    December 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. The Commish

    Barack Obama will be wearing a Special Prosecutor for the next 4 years because of his connections and history in Dirty Chicago Democratic Style Politics.

    December 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Cristine C.

    Wow, you misogynists sure do give stupid men a bad name!! And I'm sure that you are ALL dream boats!

    December 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. arc, Lugano CH

    Erick December 9th, 2008 1:31 pm ET
    Regardless of what she wears on inauguration day , Michelle Obama is as ugly as home made soap and no designer dress is going to fix it.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Easy Big Fella,

    I bet you get all hot and bothered wondering what Palin bought at Victoria's secret because your betrothed, who I can only presume is as ugly as your post.

    That is since the cable company turned off the free porn you were watching in your trailer.

    NeoCon poor trash Cretin

    December 9, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Steven

    Is this really America? That hatred being spewed. Wow. I guess thats why I spent the last year in Iraq, to protect freedom of speech. Sigh.

    December 9, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. DEAR HATERS....

    YOUR HATRED AND VITRIOL ARE ACTUALLY KIND OF......

    FUNNY!!!!!!!!

    YOU LOST...GET OVER IT!!!!!!

    SAY IT WITH ME.....PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Deb in Colo

    @ Tim in VA

    500k have lost their jobs and BUSH is dancing with 5th graders, picking out $2M houses, and planning his retirement – and he's still the POTUS.

    The Dems deserve a party day. Get over yourself.

    December 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Larry Craig

    Frank December 9th, 2008 1:46 pm ET

    What's wrong with one of the many potato sack dresses she has been wearing?
    ___________________________________________________

    Frank...

    EVERYBODY can't wear $300,000 outfits like Cindy McCain ...

    December 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Matt: honestly

    Tim, it is an inauguration. You are an idiot.

    December 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. LIP

    Hardly any comments on things that really matter, but 214 on what clothes he will wear? Hey, the guy isn't wearing a dress and high heels...it's just a tux. Let's deal with more important things. Getting caught up in this debacle...why not just rent a tux ...the outfit that he is having designed looks just like the one I rented and for about $50 bucks...imagine what he is paying this rip off artist to make this black thingy. Good grief Charlie Brown

    December 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    You people complaining about what they might wear– GET A LIFE. Geez Louise, some of you post things that make absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever.
    For the record, a HSM tux for the inaugural balls is pretty economically conservative. At least he didn't pick an overpriced Armani like "some" previous Presidents did.

    December 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Larry Craig

    Mary from Sarasota FL December 9th, 2008 3:39 pm ET

    I would give a dollar to know the political affiliation of these posts who criticize Michelle Obama's figure and call for spending less money on the inauguaration .. I agree, she should dress as she sees "fit"…
    ___________________________________________________

    Mary.... save your money... (its more than they are worth..)

    answer... neoCON Republicans....

    December 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. PJP

    Who cares, it's just another monkey suit!

    December 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. imagine

    Barack should wear high heels and a dress and Michelle the pants. Now that's change we can believe in!

    December 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. fefe

    I Mr and Mrs President wear what you want to wear.

    December 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Southern Girl

    @ Kurt C.

    You are mistaken & misinformed. The Obamas have earned the right to wear what they want whether YOU, sir like it or not. And for the record, they DO help others. Only one example among many is that the family volunteered at a soup kitchen in Chicago (a tradition for them) to feed others while you were worrying about your own fat gullet!

    (Geesh, I hate a hater!)

    December 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. HouseDiva

    Sharp threads!!....Obama will be cleaner than the board of health!

    December 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Sensible cape Coral FL

    Jackie Kennedy as well as Cindy McCain never had to learn style, they were brought up on it. Michelle has to acquire it. Give her a break! Regardless of what she wears it will be critizied. Why do you think Hillary went to pants suits?

    December 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Terry

    I am deeply saddened by the ugly comments that have been placed on this website.

    I am also saddened and disappointed that CNN allows commenters to describe the First Lady's physical appearance in such despicable and low-brow terms.

    It shows that the problems America faces comes from the hateful people that we as a nation have become.

    Your awful comments say much more about you than they do about Mrs. Obama.

    December 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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