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The Looks and Sounds of Dubya

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Details are emerging for the upcoming Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington of President-elect George W. Bush. The rock group ZZ Top, which, like Dubya himself, hails from Texas, will perform Jan. 18 at “The Best Little Ball in D.C.,” a sold-out private party for 1,000 guests, reports the Associated Press. As for the look of the new first lady, Laura Bush plans to make a bold fashion statement at the inaugural balls by wearing a red scoopneck gown designed by Michael Faircloth, 41, who has a studio at the upscale Dallas boutique Lilly Dodson. Faircloth has also reportedly designed a peacock-colored wool boucle suit with brown stitching and a blue overcoat trimmed with camel hair for Bush to wear at the swearing-in ceremony. News of Faircloth’s executive dressing-room appointment was made last week in Women’s Wear Daily, and the choice is analyzed in today’s Washington Post, which calls Laura Bush’s choice of Faircloth hardly a surprise. He has been working with her since 1994, and she has donned his “slim suits with their sharp shoulders and peplums” throughout much of the recent presidential campaign. The Post also notes that Laura Bush’s mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, happily ignored fashion trends during her husband’s administration, relying on New York designer Arnold Scaasi to keep her looking “respectable and tasteful.”