Michelle Obama Sparkles in Isabel Toledo

Cuban-American outfits Mrs. O; first lady adds green shoes, gloves
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 11:58 AM CST
President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive for church service at St. John's Episcopal Church across from the White House today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The fashion world has been breathlessly waiting to see what Michelle Obama would wear to the inauguration, and the new first lady didn’t disappoint, donning a sparkling lemongrass sheath dress (no traditional suit here) from Isabel Toledo. To ward off cold, parts of the coat and sleeves were pashmina lined, reports the Los Angeles Times, and lace was layered over wool. Michelle tacked on green J Crew gloves, along with green shoes.

Cuban-born Toledo is considered one of America’s more avant-garde designers, having recently tried and failed to inject a modern sensibility into the Anne Klein label, the AP reports. President-elect Barack Obama wore a red tie and white shirt to the ceremony.