Inauguration 2013: What everyone wore
When First Lady Michelle Obama sashayed onto the dance floor with the Commander-in-Chief at last night’s Inaugural Ball, she commanded most of the attention, at least for style watchers.
After much speculation, CNN reports that Mrs. O reportedly chose the ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu — the same designer she wore for her first dance as First Lady at the Inauguration in 2009 — from a selection of 15 designer dresses. Wu Tweeted that he was “in shock.”
Now that the inaugural festivities are over, FLOTUS’ outfit and accompanying accessories — which included Jimmy Choo heels, Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark diamond bangles set in 18K gold as well as a diamond embellished ring by the jewelry designer — will be preserved at the National Archives.
Thanks to all of the celebrity guests, there were plenty more headline-making outfits in DC this weekend. Click on to see what Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Matt Bomer, Ke$ha and more stars wore to celebrate the President’s second term. SEE THE PHOTOS
Next: The First Family
The First Family
When President Obama took the oath of office in a navy blue suit during a private ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, the First Lady opted for a custom-made blue Reed Krakoff shift dress and cardigan. Malia, 14, wore the same cobalt H&M dress she debuted at the 2012 DNC convention, and Sasha, 11, chose a pink lace Plenty by Tracy Reese frock with an embellished belt.
Next: MObama’s bangs
Mrs. O turned heads at the inaugural festivities on January 21 in a navy-silk, checkered-patterned coat and dress by Thom Browne. The outfit, from the 2012 recipient of the National Design Award in Fashion Design, was specifically designed for the First Lady, but like most of the designers she wore this weekend, Browne said he wasn’t 100% sure that she was going to wear the outfit until he saw her wearing it. To accessorize, FLOTUS wore J.Crew heels for a religious service in the morning, and remixed the look for the official ceremony with the addition of gloves and a jeweled belt by the retailer and Reed Krakoff boots.
Along with her designer gear, the first lady sported her new headline making bangs, which the President joked were “the most significant event of the weekend,” according to USA Today. “I love her bangs,” he said of the cut the FLOTUS debuted on her new Twitter page, January 17, her birthday.
Next: Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Before Beyoncé closed the inauguration ceremony with a performance of the national anthem, she arrived on the scene with her husband Jay-Z (in Tom Ford) wearing a sweeping Christian Dior coat over an Emilio Pucci dress. The songstress added pops of color to the look with 80-carat emerald earrings and a 50-carat emerald ring from Lorraine Schwartz (the same jeweler who made her wedding ring) and sported bright nails in an orange-red color called I’m With the Band by NCLA , done by nail artist Lisa Logan.
Next: Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson, who was escorted by fiance Brandon Blackstock, bundled up in a maroon Robert Rodriguez Collection tailored wool coat and fuchsia scarf. Apparently, the outerwear didn’t keep her quite warm enough as she performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in frigid temperatures. “Wow ….I was incredibly nervous and cold ha! I just wanna officially thank President Obama for opening for me haha! Just kidding :)” she Tweeted.
Next: Alicia Keys
Keys remixed the words to her song “Girl on Fire” to “Obama on Fire” wearing a glittery embellished gown from Michael Kors Fall 2012 collection.
Next: Jennifer Hudson
Fresh from her trip to the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Hudson serenaded the President and First Lady with her rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” wearing a basic black mermaid gown and platform heels.
Katy Perry and John Mayer
Perry wore an orange-and-black woven coat with a shearling collar over rust-and-black sequined tulle collared dress, both from the Rodarte Fall 2012 collection, to the official ceremony.
Next: Katy Perry Performs
Katy Perry Performs
Perry stripped down to the stars and stripes to perform at the Kids’ Inauguration concert.
The singer skipped the stripes and stuck with a star motif in a Paul & Joe suit at the 2013 RIAA Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit.
Next: Matt Bomer
The White Collar star — who recently curated a menswear collection for Gilt.com — suited up for The Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball.
Next: Eva Longoria
The actress hosted the Latino Inaugural event wearing a strapless corseted gown from Vivienne Westwood Couture.
The singer broke out his best leather and a pair of puffy red high tops to serenade First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha at the Kids’ Inauguration concert.
Next: Rosario Dawson
Dawson attended the Learn.Build.Create Inaugural event in a beaded batwing dress from the Reem Acra Spring 2013 collection.