Women’s Wear Daily
04.17.2014
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What Footwear Should the Obamas Wear?

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president will usher in a new era of politics and bring some fresh style to the White House.

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Cole Haan design for Michelle Obama.

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 “Cole Haan footwear with Nike Air technology will be an instant hit with Michelle Obama because it provides great style with exceptional benefits [that] will be apparent the very first day — Inauguration Day, when she will be on her feet for more than 18 hours. Inspired by our signature American classics, we designed a chic ballet flat, perfect for travel and work.”

James Seuss
CEO, Cole Haan


“When I think of Michelle Obama’s style, I immediately think of vibrant color and a modern edge. Though she can really wear anything — from a blouse with a large ruffle collar to a simple sheath — and make it her own, it is the clean, modern pieces that seem most signature. I decided to go a bit dressier [and] wanted to use color, because she can carry it off so well. My goal was for the design to be sophisticated, modern and a little bit sexy, too.”
Jessie Randall
President and creative director, Loeffler Randall

“I see Michelle dressed in new and special fashion. She needs to represent something unique. She definitely doesn’t need to showcase a luxe look. I’m not looking for a reincarnation of Jackie Kennedy — or of anyone else, for that matter. For sure, she should embody affordable fashion with a twist — fashion that American women can identify with during this extremely difficult economic period.”
Sam Edelman
CEO, Sam Edelman Shoes

 

“Michelle dresses in a graceful, yet modern way. She always appears demure and lady-like, but adds unexpected twists to keep it fresh and young, like bold prints or splashes of bright color. Accessorizing with unique pins highlights her preference for details. I would design a mid-heel d’orsay peep-toe with a decorative ornament for a black-tie event.”
Stuart Weitzman
Designer and CEO, Stuart Weitzman

 

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