FIRST FAN: First Lady Michelle Obama appears to be one
of Reed Krakoff's most steadfast fans, having chosen one of his dresses
for her official 2013 White House portrait. Photographer Doug Kennedy
captured her in the Green Room seated and looking relaxed in a navy silk
and wool dress by the designer with three-quarter length sleeves. The
customized dress marks the third time in a month FLOTUS has opted for
Reed Krakoff for a significant photo-op.
She also wore one of his frocks with a cashmere sweater to President
Obama's official swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 and broke out the sweater
again the following day for a luncheon at the Capitol. The First Lady
also wore Reed Krakoff customized boots to walk in the inaugural parade
on Jan. 21.
This year's more refined look is a bit of a departure
from her official portrait four years ago, when she was photographed
standing in a sleeveless black Michael Kors dress that accentuated her
much-talked-about well-toned arms. And instead of wearing a double
strand of pearls, this time around the First Lady opted for one. Another
marked difference is what she described to Racheal (folo) Ray as her
"midlife crisis" bangs, which were first shown before last month's
A Reed Krakoff spokesman declined to comment Thursday about the process
or exchange between his atelier and the First Lady's office (as was the
case with all things inaugural.) Both parties are believed to have
worked closely on the customized dress for the Feb. 12 photo shoot,
according to a source familiar with the arrangement.