While it’s Barack Obama who will today take the oath of office as President of the United States, the broad-stroke Obama Style is clearly a partnership in which Michelle Obama plays a mega role. She’s the one whose high-low fashion mixes and savvy updates of time-honored (read safe) classics have telegraphed the family ethos to the world: This is a modern, busy woman whose stylistic choices, both in fashion, and one presumes, in decorating, will continue to be driven more by practicality than whimsy.

This story first appeared in the January 20, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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