It’s been feeling a little bit like senior year lately as the U.S. prepares to say goodbye to the Obama administration in January, and along with it Michelle Obama’s influence within the fashion world (among other things) as the First Lady. Every gathering seems like an even bigger deal than before, each annual event is somewhat wistfully deemed “the last,” and all of the world can’t help but wonder what will be different about these major national celebrations come 2017. So for her last (there we go again) Kennedy Center Honours, Mrs. Obama decided to wear something that’s a first.
Last night, FLOTUS appeared in a custom Gucci dress featuring an off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline and embellished all over with green and pink flowers. In contrast to her looks from the first seven Kennedy Center Honours she attended, this Gucci dress marked the first time she did not select an American designer for the affair, revealed The New York Times.
Of course, for anyone who’s followed the style choices of Mrs. Obama, it’s been hardly coincidental that she’s chosen to wear American designers—and therefore show support for them—so often during her time in the White House. With this in mind, we can also suspect that there might be a deeper significance to this look, as well. It could be, as the Times points out, a sign of support for the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s just-confirmed retirement. Or perhaps this first for FLOTUS—especially when partnered with a brand that’s transformed as much as Gucci in the last couple years—could simply nod to the fact that change is imminent and the future is bit unpredictable, the very least of which is guessing what designer she’ll wear next…
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