The whole wide world is officially a red carpet. The dress worn by Michelle Obama at last night's convention is no secret because publicists are alerting press to the designer: Thakoon. The aspiring first lady smartly opted to wear a sophisticated and fierce print -- red signifies strength and confidence -- with a retro lady-like cut. (The look on the right is from Thakoon's fall 2008 collection. Obama wore the Radzimir Kimono dress from the pre-spring 2009 collection.)
The Obama dress, as it will probably be forever known, also showed off her muscular build. (When Biden's wife Jill stepped out, I thought, "Michelle could whup that woman in 5 seconds flat.") I like that Obama picked a designer like Thakoon Panichgul -- pronounced Tie-koon -- who's an up and comer with a textured past. He moved from northern Thailand to Omaha with his family when he was 11. Also, he has been tapped to design for Target, so expect his collection to arrive there in December.
Want to own a Thakoon and campaign for yourself? Right now, this similar Thakoon floral "Inside-Out" dress on the right is available at eLuxury.com for $1,250.
Do you think Michelle Obama wore the right dress at the DNC? Do you think the focus on fashion in politics is utterly inane? (Then, go soak your head.)
photos: Getty Images; eLuxury.com