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Jason Wu surprised that Michelle Obama picked him twice

January 23, 2013|By Susan Denley
  • First Lady Michelle Obama wears an ivory ensemble by Naeem Khan as she accompanies her husband President Obama on the National Day of Prayer.
First Lady Michelle Obama wears an ivory ensemble by Naeem Khan as she accompanies… ( Aude Guerrucci/MCT )

Designer Jason Wu was almost as surprised as everyone else that First Lady Michelle Obama  once again chose one of his gowns for an inaugural ball. She wore a white one-shoulder gown he designed to her husband's first inauguration in 2009, and a ruby red Wu gown to the second inaugural ball on Monday. Wu says the White House didn't tell him until the last minute that his was the winning gown. "I'm floating," he was quoted as saying. [New York Times]

On Monday Mrs. Obama wore an ivory Naeem Khan knee-length ivory dress and matching appliqued coat to a church service for the National Day of Prayer. He said designers never know in advance when the first lady will wear their clothes. [WWD]

Thom Browne, who custom-made the fit 'n' flare coat Mrs. Obama wore to her husband's ceremonial swearing in on Monday morning, said he doesn't plan to market a copy to the masses, And J. Crew won't replicate the belt (which was really a sash) the first lady wore, either. [The Cut]

French actress Vanessa Paradis, who recently split from long-time love Johnny Depp,  has been selected as the face of H&M's Conscious collection of environmentally friendly clothes and accessories. [WWD]

Figure skater Michelle Kwan wore a Vera Wang strapless mermaid gown with  lace appliques to wed Clay Pell on Saturday. [People] 


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