For the occasion, the always-stylish First Lady Michelle Obama wore a navy lace dress by Jason Wu — a fitting, full-circle choice, as she also wore the designer to both inaugural balls in 2009 and 2013, while their 18-year-old daughter Malia Obama made a surprising choice by wearing a dress by the emerging New York brand, Cinq à Sept. Together, they were the picture of unity; nodding to the past, present, and future.
Cinq à Sept, which is French for "five to seven," was founded by the New York native Jane Siskin in 2015. The brand held its debut presentation at the classic New York haunt, Raoul's, and last season at the trendy Lower East Side bistro, Dirty French. The locale makes sense, as Siskin, a fashion industry vet who contributed to the success of 7 For All Mankind and Elizabeth and James, wanted her own line to satisfy the modern woman's cocktail attire needs. Or rather, embody the the time in-between late afternoon and early evening, "When streets are awash in the warm glow of the vanishing sun and anything is possible."
Who knew that a small New York cocktail dress brand would make its way to Malia Obama, let alone the national stage. But eight years later, she's all grown up and like Siskin says, anything is possible.
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