Vogue's editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley brought Jason Wu's frocks to the White House, but now whose work would he like to see hanging in Michelle's closet? LaQuan Smith. Talley talked to the Wall Street Journal about Smith, a "21 year old African American designer whose grandmother taught him to sew at 13."
She gave him a sewing machine and he made his whole collection in his grandma's apartment in Queens. He showed 15 looks [at New York Fashion Week] for the first time this season and it was simply outstanding. His point of view was totally contemporary. He makes clothes for urban ladies. Lady Gaga and Rihanna have worn his leggings. He had the courage to go ahead and his father, a retired postal worker, gave him the wherewithal to pull that fabric together and turn it into magic. I went to that show and I saw magic. I can only hope that one day we'll see our first lady wearing LaQuan Smith.
We picked our favorite looks from Smith's last two collections. Which outfits should he adapt to suit Michelle? And which might be better for someone else?