Courtesy Kai Milla
January 20th is clearly President-elect Barack Obama’s big day — but come inauguration night, all eyes will surely be on his stylish wife, Michelle Obama. Designer Kai Milla — who’s dressed stars from Oprah Winfrey to Petra Nemcova — created her new Inaugural 2009 collection with the sartorially savvy future First Lady in mind, and can’t wait to see what she wears on inauguration night. “The designs are elegant yet provocative, demure yet flirty, and perpetually flattering,” Milla says. “Mrs. Obama has a style the modern woman can relate to, this timeless appeal, and I think that’s something a lot of women are attracted to. We all have families and kids, and we need pieces that are wearable.” Come inauguration night, Milla, who met Mrs. Obama at the DNC this summer, would love to see the future First Lady in a jewel-toned gown that highlights her fantastic figure. “Her tall frame is a designer’s dream,” she says. “She can do an off-the-shoulder look, or even a backless dress. I would love to see her in a structured silhouette.” As for the next four years, Milla invokes the name of another famously fashion forward First Lady when she discusses the future of fashion in the White House. “I’m really excited to see the incredible style Mrs. Obama will bring. I think she’ll be the Jackie O. of her era — definitely a trend-setter.” — Kristen Mascia
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