ABC News' Kristi Berner reports:
Still no word on who is designing Michelle Obama's inaugural gown, but we do know that Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo created Mrs. Obama's bright yellow dress and matching coat she's wearing for daytime Inauguration festivities.
Yellow is an unexpected color choice for January, but seems to be a fitting symbol of hope on the horizon. The color yellow is warm, and universally seen as a sign of happiness, joy and sunshine. The dress is very bright and sparkly (not a technical fashion term) with a contemporary "very in" bejeweled border around the simple round neckline.
According to an October article in New York's Daily News, Obama first wore a Toledo- designed outfit to a Manhattan fundraiser in June, purchasing the black tunic and palazzo pants in a Chicago boutique. Then last fall, Mrs. Obama's people contacted Manhattan-based Toledo to design clothes for "the road."
The 47-year-old Toledo was born in Cuba, but moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her family when she was 8-years-old. She worked for more than twenty years under her own name and also served as creative director for the Anne Klein company. Toledo studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design in New York.
I'm no fashion expert, but the dress and coat combo is lovely. However, I didn't love Mrs. Obama's green leather gloves she paired with them. Any thoughts?
And what about the nearly-matching purple scarves worn by Former President and First Lady George H.W. and Barbara Bush?