First Lady Michelle Obama Steals the show at the State of the Union address

Last night (Jan. 12) was US president Barack Obama’s historic final State of the Union address,

US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) waves before the arrival of US President Barack Obama before the State of the Union Address during a Joint Session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 12, 2016. Barack Obama will give his final State of the Union address, perhaps the last big opportunity of his presidency to sway a national audience and frame the 2016 election race. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) waves before the arrival of US President Barack Obama before the State of the Union Address during a Joint Session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 12, 2016. Barack Obama will give his final State of the Union address, perhaps the last big opportunity of his presidency to sway a national audience and frame the 2016 election race. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

which means it was also the last one for Michelle Obama. The media—fashion and otherwise—we are always eager to see what the stylish First Lady will be wearing, and she didn’t disappoint. Known for slaying fashion for 7 years, she opted for a Fall 2015 wool crepe, sleeveless midi dress in dazzling marigold, Elegant and classy— she stood apart from the crowd —without being overbearing.

The fall 2015 wool crepe dress, which was originally available online at Neiman Marcus at the marked down price of $628, had fashionistas fawning. InStyle described how “Michelle Obama stood out like a beacon of light in the sea of black and navy suits,” while Vogue opined, “The first lady practically radiated… her exuberant Narciso Rodriguez midi-length wool crepe dress matching her husband’s optimistic outlook on the nation’s future.”

FLOTUS’s choice of  wearing this dress may have been a political statement as well. The color hue of the dress was “Marigold”. Marigold flowers are known as the “Herb of the Sun” and are symbolic of passion and creativity. Marigold colors yellow and orange symbolize the sun and light. Meaningful Marigold indeed.

Was it by accident she was wearing designer, Narcisco Rodriguez? Probably not. He designed her first dress for election night 2008. A prominent American fashion designer, he also happens to be a married gay man and the son of immigrants who fled Cuba to find a better life in the US. In our present day, anti-immigrant sentiment is elevated and as the gay rights movement continues to make important strides—this beautiful dress— just may have subtly endorsed the values promoted by the president.

By the way, the $2,095 Narciso Rodriguez-designed dress sold out on the Neiman Marcus website before the president had had even finished speaking. As Twitter was fluttering away with FLOTUS fans debating the color of the fabric and inquiring minds asked where they could find the dress, it sold out by the end of the evening on Neiman Marcus’ website, where it had been available for $628.

If wearing this dress by this particular designer was a subtle but powerful statement—Well Done! Bravo! I want to live in a world that is the color of Michelle Obama’s dress.

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