Allentown's Thom Browne Designs Michelle Obama Inauguration Coat and Dress

Fashion designer Thom Browne, who grew up in Allentown, designed the navy silk coat and dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore Monday to the presidential inauguration ceremony.

Fashion designer Thom Browne, who grew up in Allentown, designed the outfit First Lady Michelle Obama wore at Monday's presidential inauguration ceremony.

Browne, a noted menswear designer who recently lauched a womenswear collection, designed a silk navy coat and dress that drew inspiration from a man's silk jacquard tie and the First Lady herself, he told the Los Angeles Times.

The coat had a fitted bodice and skirt that skimmed over a dress of navy, loden, gray, pink and white jacquard. 

"She has a really strong sensibility and style of her own," Browne said in the article.

Browne, who graduated from William Allen High School in 1984, is the brother of state Sen. Pat Browne, (R-16th District).

Obama has apparently worn a Browne design before, a gray, short-sleeve dress with a black lace overlay, which she wore at the final presidential debate in October, according to New York magazine.

Ann January 22, 2013 at 03:20 AM
On second thought...good night to all. Enjoy your little happy Obama world. Barack our savior and his beauty queen wife Michele! It's like being the only sober person in a room full of drunks. I shouldn't have rained on your parade!
Wallst January 22, 2013 at 03:23 AM
You don't hate all Democrats, Ann? One would wonder after reading your many posts here on the Patch. Oh, and I left the Republican party too....after it left me when the right-wing wackos took over the party. You know, the ones who *think* they can take womens rights away and legislate who does what is whos bedroom?
Wallst January 22, 2013 at 03:25 AM
You poor, poor thing. You are one unhappy being and I actually feel sorry for you. good riddance.
Troy Bell January 22, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Our First Lady is stunning, she makes the garments she wears..First Lady Michelle Obama is not only gorgeous..she is also very intelligent. Stop Hating!
Ann January 22, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Yes, I am very unhappy with the state of our country! I admit it. As for you Wallst, you can go **** yourself!
Wallst January 22, 2013 at 03:47 AM
If you're so unhappy, why not move? Perhaps Iran would be a good place for you. Most right wingers would love it there, actually. You know, religion rules all.
Wallst January 22, 2013 at 04:09 AM
And in steps the neo conservative, phillyboy. The uneducated among us strikes again. Since when is a fetus, a child? And who is it that is taking your 2nd amendment rights away? Do tell us...we're all waiting with baited breath.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Phillyboy...there is no rhyme or reason to their thinking! The hypocrisy is astounding!
Wallst January 22, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Like I said, phillyboy, uneducated. "You must have been a flunkie were reading comprehesion was concerned". Now tell me how that sentence makes sense. Were? Really? And my mother deserved the choice like any other woman. I laugh at you so-called pro life conservative idiots. While mostly men, you seek to control womens bodies yet could care less about family planning, or any sort of assistance when a child is born. Face it, you're not pro-life, you and your ilk are just pro-birth. As far as guns, the 2nd amendment say's nothing about semi-automatic weapons. And the NRA crowd (small as they are) will never convince most parents that loading up schools with guns is going to make anyone safer.
Velvet January 22, 2013 at 07:43 AM
This post speaks volumes about you why would I not call her a well educated BLACK women that what she is. Of course you as entitled to your opinion as am I. The fact that our opinions differ is of little importance. Michelle Obama is one classy lady she will always have a place in my heart and in the heart of many. This lovely lady will be in the history books. Michelle Obama is a force to be reckoned I am very proud of her and all of her accomplishment. Ann what have you accomplished? You have such a negative attitude toward this lady. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder your definition of beauty differs from mine. She is without a doubt a very lovely lady. To your response I am in no way subjective maybe you should look in the mirror as your post speaks volumes . As for her hair no one really cares she apparently love it as well as the media I thought it was different yet sophisticated which is what Michelle Obama is. Have a good evening Ann. These are just our opinions.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Velvet, relax. Obviously I hit a nerve. The fact that we have different opinions IS important to you as you keep on insisting she is a classy, educated, stunning lady. I completely disagree. Also, I don't go around saying Hilary Clinton is one educated white woman. Obviously your opinion is slanted because you are black. You are entitled to be proud that we have a black First Family. I think we could have done a much better job than the Obamas. History will be less kind to Obama. The rose colored classes will disappear. That's all I'm saying. And don't go calling me a racist because God knows that's next. I disagree with Obama's policies and I really do think Michele is unattractive. End of story!
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM
No, Frank...I dread to look what this Ann looks like...From here, she appears deranged to me.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Wallst, it's funny how you all need to judge me and you don't even know me. Old and ugly....libs throw out insults without proof or fact. At least I am making a JUDGEMENT on what I SEE! You just throw out insults because someone has a different opinion. I am so offended, I think I will shed a tear because you said I am old and ugly...oh well...at least you didn't call me fat! Lol
Pamela Porter January 22, 2013 at 03:42 PM
At the risk of being on topic (I know how everyone hates that) - I thought the coat ensemble by Thom Browne was stunning. And I loved the Jason Wu inaugural ball gown as well. I am not a fan of her new hairstyle, but then again...it's not my hair. All in all, she looked splendid and her daughters were dressed beautifully as well.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Pamela, I agree that the pieces were beautiful, I just didn't think it complimented her. The beautiful red gown she wore in the evening DID look stunning and the softer wispy hair looked much better! I certainly didn't mean to cause the uproar I obviously caused by stating that the day look didn't work for me! Her daughters always look beautiful! They are always impressive in the style and grace.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Also, I did get nasty and I do apologize for that!
Dina Merritt January 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I am not a fan of Michelle's style. That said, those who are, good for you. To me, she always looks like she is trying so hard to make a statement. Truly styled women, don't look like they are trying, they just look so put together Thought the children looked great. Thought Michelle's coat was not pretty at all. The red dress from far away looked striking. Up close, not so much. I don't like her bangs either. Don't do her justice. It's too cute a look for a more sophisticated pretty woman.
Lynda-Selena Smalls January 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Ummmm i wanna buy that coat....any suggestions??????
Wallst January 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM
You'll never get a coat like that, Lynda. That one-of-a-kind that Michelle wore will go into "The First Ladies at the Smithsonian" for viewing only, never to be worn again.
Wallst January 23, 2013 at 01:21 AM
And there he is once again! The uneducated Phillyboy! can't spell worth a sh*t and looks to be around 12 years old. LOL! Does your parents know you're using their computer down in the basement?
Tony January 23, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Ann...please let us see how absolutely stunning you must be. I can't wait!....to be so arrogant and nasty....you must be top notch material. Please....bless us with your godly looks. we can't wait
Tony January 23, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Phillyboy were you in the army, navy? marines? that 47% you talk about includes them so if you are that is awesome. if you are not and just degrading the ones that fought for your rights, then you are scum. Or....maybe you are a good portion of the 47% that falls in line with the elderly, then that is okay too. but if you are not, then you are scum for degrading the elderly as well. of maybe you are the 47% that voted for Mitt, for that I am sorry you got beat by a landslide:) haha
Chelsea January 23, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Wallst, it doesn't help your point to Phillyboy regarding spelling and being uneducated when you say "Does your parents know..." It should be...do your parents know?
Chelsea January 23, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Tony, I have read some of your posts. You seem ignorant! Ha ha :)
Tony January 23, 2013 at 02:50 AM
glad you can "read" Chelsea. Please keep reading my posts. I'm hopeful you will be able to escape the "tea party" bubble you are in. Remember, it is nobody's fault but your own that you are so misinformed.
Stew January 23, 2013 at 03:19 AM
It is sad the amount of money that was spent on this event that the Obama's attended. One thing is certain, people need to focus on the fact that Mr. Obama's agenda is socialist at best. Yes, he is taking away the constitution one right at a time.
Stew January 23, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Quite frankly, Hilary looks better then Mrs. Obama.
Tony January 23, 2013 at 03:46 AM
some people leaving comments make the case for the landslide loss. Obviously, they are part of the group of people in this country that have no backing of any of their statements, no facts etc. Furthermore, they post things like "socialist" without knowing the meaning of the term, even if their definition would be that every single President of the USA would then be a "socialist". If its not that, then they are just so filled with hypocrisies, it is too easy to pick them apart. Keep living in the bubble, America will move on with or without you.
Wallst January 23, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Right you are, Tony. It's comments like those that knocked out the worst of the worst (teabags) from congress and installed progressive men and women that actually WILL move this country forward.
Jill January 23, 2013 at 07:51 PM
You people are hysterical....look around....this is your definition of forward? Scary!


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