February 02, 2009 12:00 PM

INAUGURATION 2009

D.C. PARTY PEOPLE!

Stars flocked to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama’s Inauguration festivities—and brought a heady dose of Hollywood glam to the nation’s capital

JENNIFER LOPEZ in a Marchesa gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels at the Latino Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE in a Monique Lhuillier dress and H. Stern diamonds at D.C.’s Huffington Post Pre-Inaugural Ball.

SHAKIRA in Oscar de la Renta at the Latino Inaugural Gala.

PURPLE REIGN

The color is strong and regal—not a stretch for the nation’s new First Lady Michelle Obama

Kicking off the Whistle Stop train tour in Philly Jan. 17 in a purple turtleneck and blazer with daughter Sasha.

In a Maria Pinto dress at a June 3 rally in St. Paul.

The bejeweled purple dress she wore in this 2008 Obama family portrait is warm but elegant.

TAKES AFTER MOMMY!

Passing on her color sense to Sasha in Colorado Aug. 25.

THE PERFECT DO

Michelle is versatile, practical and chic—and her modern hairstyle can more than keep up

“Initially, [Michelle] was wearing a flip, but it wasn’t working anymore because her hair started to grow,” explains her stylist Johnny Wright of Frédéric Fekkai. Instead, he gave her a blunt bob with layers. “It’s more youthful-looking and works well with her face shape.” Plus, it’s a cut “she can wear in a ponytail or a low chignon.” Wright thinks the style works especially well in the White House: “It’s First Lady-looking because the height gives her that crown appeal.”

HER MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS

Frédéric Fekkai Coiff Perfecteur Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme ($25) and Shea Butter conditioner ($23); sephora.com

FRESH COATS

How do the Obama ladies stay stylish—even with D.C.’s 26° temperatures? With warm, cozy coats in flattering shapes

MICHELLE OBAMA in a Sonia Rykiel coat in Baltimore Jan. 17.

MICHELLE OBAMA in a Narciso Rodriguez coat in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18.

Get the Look!

HONEE

Glitter Tweed coat, $105; nordstrom.com for stores

SPIEGEL

Cashmere-blend swing coat, $99; spiegel.com

SASHA AND MALIA wore J. Crew wool coats on Jan. 18 and Jan. 20. The coats will be available for purchase in fall ’09.

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