We know she will eat like Lincoln and which balls she will attend, but there is still no clue on who will design the dress Michelle Obama will wear that will likely end up in the Smithsonian Museum with other historic gowns worn by American first ladies. Several weeks ago, various designers submitted sketches to Women's Wear Daily with their take on a gown for Michelle, but I still think that Maria Pinto is locked away in a private fortress at an undisclosed location in Chicago feverishly working on the creation. However, there is always room for surprise.
New York's First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson (right) has said "I'll be wearing a gown by Jackie Rogers. She's a New York City designer on Lexington Avenue. My gown is gold and classy." And new mom Michelle Fenty (left), the first lady of the District of Columbia, will be wearing a gown by another New York designer, b. michael. One of the few designers who has not canceled out on New York Fashion Week next month, he's also got his hands full with working on three pieces for the Inaugural poet, Elizabeth Alexander. According to the New York Times, they will be an ensemble for her reading, a gown for an inaugural ball and an outer coat. I am wishing b. michael all the best with these high-profile assignments. I know him from dressing Manhattan society fixtures like Susan Fales-Hill, and he is celebrating his tenth year in the business this year.