The former first lady, who spoke alongside moderator Sarah Jessica Parker, wore a gorgeous, bright yellow gown from Balenciaga’s spring/summer 2019 collection. There’s no doubt that Carrie Bradshaw would covet this outfit.
Obama’s silk dress featured large sleeves and a massive slit in the front, which showed off her showstopping, thigh-high boots. The $3,900 stilettos, also from Balenciaga, shimmered in metallic gold.
Jessica Parker wore a similarly dazzling outfit ― a sequined dress and shimmery blue and purple heels.
Below is a better look at the sparkly Balenciaga shoes:
Obama’s bold outfit is certainly not a look she would have worn during her tenure in the White House.
Throughout the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the first lady was known for mixing and matching high-street fashion brands with more affordable retailers, like J.Crew, Target and Gap. She spoke about the impact and importance of the clothes she wore during her time in D.C. at Wednesday’s event.
“I did know that my clothes were making a statement, I knew that was the case,” she said.
“So we decided why don’t we use this platform to uplift some young new designers who normally wouldn’t get this kind of attention, because you can change their lives, which is one of the reasons why we chose Jason Wu for my inaugural gown.”
Obama added that some designers (like the late Oscar de la Renta) felt they were “entitled” to dress the first lady, because things had always been that way.
“I hated that feeling,” she said. “There are whole lot of people out here who are trying to make it, there are young women and immigrants and black folk.”
Obama added: “I didn’t want to wear the clothes of someone who didn’t have a good spirit, and you could hear these things, you could hear how they treated my staff or how they treated their works, so everyone I wore as far as I knew had a good spirit as well.”
In her memoir, the author wrote about the intense pressure to dress a certain way, not only because she was scrutinized by the public for every outfit, but also because she was the first black first lady.
“It was a thin line to walk. I was supposed to stand out without overshadowing others, to blend in but not fade away,” Obama wrote.
“As a black woman, too, I knew I’d be criticized if I was perceived as being showy and high-end, and I’d also be criticized if I was too casual.” she said. “So I mixed it up. I’d match a Michael Kors skirt with a T-shirt from Gap. I wore something from Target one day and Diane von Furstenberg the next.”