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Michelle Obama: Fashion statement of the union

Guests applaud first lady Michelle Obama during President

Guests applaud first lady Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. (Jan. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

First lady Michelle Obama made a powerful fashion statement at last night’s State of the Union address in a slim silk twill sapphire blue sheath – notably Democratic blue – by Los Angeles-based designer Barbara Tfank. The dress featured a crisscross bodice and capped sleeves.

The bold color accessorized by a large, sparkling brooch, was a distinctive show of confidence by the first lady and a good choice. “I think it’s a very patriotic and friendly color that looks good on all women,” says stylist and fashion personality Robert Verdi. “Compared to her other choices, while this was conservative, it was very calculated – it looked professional but it was brave in the sense that it asserted her presence.  She’s very smart – everyone else around her disappeared and looked like extras in the Michelle Obama story. It was a balance of pretty, sexy, feminine and powerful.”

Obama has worn Tfank, a costume designer-turned fashion designer before, including to Buckingham Palace last May where she met with Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and to an awards ceremony in 2010.

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