At last . . . Michelle revealed her inaugural ball gown, and its designer. The white confection by Jason Wu is still growing on me. I was more dazzled by the sweetness between the President and his first lady then the one-shoulder strap that seemed to contain her beauty. Undoubtedly the strap served as a precaution against any wardrobe malfunctions (recall Jenna Bush’s father-daugher dance), but the added structure was a sharp contrast to the ethereal quality of the rouched bodice and floaty skirt. That said, the dress was light and fresh and it looked absolutely striking on the first lady. No one could have carried it off quite like her.
The dress’s decidedly youthful quality reflects its designer’s aesthetic. You may recogize the name Jason Wu if you’re a fan of Gossip Girl (guilty!)—actress Leighton Meester is often photographed wearing his designs. But the 26-year-old once-intern of Narciso Rodriguez (of red and black election night dress fame) is fairly new to the fashion scene. His collection only recently got picked up by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Look for Wu’s whimsical take on classic silhouettes in stores this spring.