Michelle Obama puts another new label on the map in Laura Smalls - but elegant Malia gives mom a run for her money in $60 H&M
Michelle Obama wore a stunning eggplant printed dress by little-known designer Laura Smalls as she took to the stage last night on the final day of the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina.
But the First Lady's wardrobe choice wasn't the only thing to warrant attention as she stepped into the spotlight with her daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha,11.
Malia, who was almost as tall as her high-heeled mother, looked elegant in a $59.95 purple H&M dress, while her younger sister went for a $138 belted jacquard frock from Anthropologie.
First lady Michelle Obama takes to the stage with her daughters Sasha and Malia on the final day of the DNC
It was the second time Mrs Obama had opted for a Laura Smalls gown during the three-day convention.
On Wednesday she attended several meetings and a special lunch wearing a turquoise floral blue sheath from the label.
Immediately taking to Twitter Smalls, said: 'I could not believe my eyes that Michelle Obama wore our dress to this historic event. Words cannot describe how my team and I feel.'
The mother-of-three, African-American presented her first collection at fashion week in 2009, and her creations have since been a hit with women looking for chic and practical designs.
On the money: Malia Obama looked elegant in a $59.95 purple H&M frock
Smart choice: Sascha, 11, went for a $138 belted jacquard frock from Anthropologie and gold pumps
Following her first presentation The Huffington Post commented: 'Here was something they hadn't seen much on New York's catwalks in, oh, about forty years: pretty, feminine dresses they could actually wear. In fact, all of Smalls's clothes would suit the First Lady.'
During their father's acceptance speech Malia and Sasha looked relaxed and composed as they sat with their mother and grandmother, Marian Robinson - who wore a black and white printed Chris Benz dress.
Anita McBride, a former chief of staff to Laura Bush, commented: 'Their smiles were genuine and huge tonight. There was no awkwardness. They clearly have adjusted to their life in the public eye.'
appears Malia is increasingly taking fashion tips from her stylish
mother and thanks to her height and slender build, she certainly has the
run of Mrs Obama's enviable closet.
The 14-year-old's dress H&M mimicked classic styles rocked by Mrs Obama while her hair also appears to be taking a similar shape.
Mrs Obama sat with her mother Marian Robinson, who wore a black and white printed Chris Benz dress
Fashion fan: Mrs Obama wearing the Smalls watercolor floral blue sheath
She started to wear make-up more recently with her mother's wise counsel to guide her. In an appearance on The View last year, Mrs Obama revealed: 'We do a lot of talking. Sometimes it's too much.'
Recent outings have proved both youngsters can certainly hold their own in the style stakes, mixing and matching bold colours and prints.
They are said to be fan of Urban Outfitters' sister brand Anthropologie, H&M, and this spring they wore designs by UK-based shopping website ASOS at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards .
There was one sign, though, that the girls were still kids, with Barack noting: 'Yes, you do have to go to school in the morning,' their dad warned them at the beginning of his speech.
On Tuesday evening Mrs Obama supported another rising African-American designer as she delivered her speech wearing a dusty pink dress by Tracy Reese.
Family matters: The Obamas wave to crowds gathered on the final day of the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina
2008: Four years ago the girls looked a lot younger and were less accustomed to the spotlight
The custom-made sleeveless dress was as feminine as it was sporty, showing off her famously-toned arms with its athletic cut, while playing up her softer side in its knee-length full skirt.
Ms Reese, an African American designer who was born in Detroit and launched her collection in New York more than a decade ago, sits with the more affordable designers selling in luxury department stores, with dresses priced around $350.
The designer quickly tweeted: 'Thanks everyone for sharing this amazing moment! We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!'
In her four years as First Lady, Mrs Obama has proved to be a refreshing symbol of all-American style, one that takes us back to the well-dressed years of Jackie Kennedy, infused with her own modern take on political dressing.
Smart look: Laura Smalls describes her design aesthetic as clean, structured and tailored
All angle access: Michelle Obama stepped out at the Democratic National Convention wearing a dusty pink dress by young African-American designer Tracy Reese
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