Manmohan Singh

The defining looks of Michelle Obama's White House years

The defining looks of Michelle Obama's White House years

About a month from now, Melania Trump will succeed Michelle Obama as the free world’s focus-puller in chief. Each time she appears by the president’s side, alights from Air Force One or attends a state dinner, her relationship with — and influence on — the world of fashion will solidify a tiny bit more.

Over the course of her husband’s administration, the world will gradually learn her personal preferences, go-to designers and decipher her coded wardrobe messages. An outfit or two will, inevitably, have fashion critics wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth in despair.

Just as inevitably, other wardrobe choices will come to...

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