A few weeks ago, WWD asked designers to submit sketches for an inaugural outfit for first lady Michelle Obama, and everyone from Rachel Roy to Diane von Furstenberg raced to submit eye catching sketches portraying gowns in a myriad of colors.
Though we all know Barack is wearing Hart Schaffner Marx on inauguration day, that didn’t stop WWD from asking menswear standouts such as Sean John, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Salvatore Ferragamo to go back to the drawing board and imagine how they would outfit our President Elect if they had the chance.
While most designers submitted sketches of subtle suits in gray or black offset by cool bowties or more traditional ties in blue or red…


Top Row Left to Right: Sean John, Nautica, Salvatore Ferragamo. Bottom Row: Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs.
Others seem to have misread the assignment:

Top Row Left to Right: DSquared, Elie Tahari, Brooks Brothers. Bottom Row: Kenneth Cole, Missoni, Rag & Bone.
We’re dressing a President not a Pimp! A close up of the Dsquared design:
See the rest of the sketches here.

3 thoughts on “WWD Asks Designers: What Should Barack Obama Wear?”

  1. He just need a black suit for the inauguration and a tux for the ball. He don’t need to be “g’d up” to handle his business!!! What’s going on with that sketch with blue shirt andd white collar? no!

  2. C’mon Dsquared…what’s up with that? I like the nautica suit the best for the inauguration. It’s simple and powerful.

  3. i actually like the brooks brother suit, it balances formal and grandiose which i think is appropriate for the occasion

    but that d-squared suit is a hot mess

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