From Women’s Wear Daily:
Could we see Michelle Obama on the cover of Vogue soon after the inauguration of her husband, President-elect Barack Obama? The next first lady appeared on a slew of magazine covers as the presidential race entered its last months. But Vogue has been campaigning for a Michelle Obama cover since last September — both in print and in person. Editor in chief Anna Wintour and contributing editor André Leon Talley hosted several fund-raisers for the Obamas last summer, rallying the fashion community’s support for the Illinois senator. The magazine profiled Michelle Obama in its September issue and featured her as an “It” girl in the April one. Obama campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett was profiled in October. Vogue even spread its affections to the Democratic vice presidential candidate — the magazine photographed in November four generations of Biden women, including Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s wife, Jill. (Vogue showed some love to the Republican ladies, too. Cindy McCain was profiled in the May issue and Roberta McCain was featured in the August Age issue.)
“Starting with Eleanor Roosevelt, it’s been a long-standing tradition to photograph the new first lady. So needless to say, we are very interested in working with Mrs. Obama. Precisely how is still being discussed,” said a Vogue spokesman. If Obama does land the cover, she’ll be only the second first lady to do so in Vogue’s 116-year history; Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the December 1998 issue.
The article also mentions Ebony and Essence Magazines jockeying to get an interview with the Obamas for their special inauguration issues to come out in January.
In other Michelle fashion news: Chicago-based designer and friend of the Obamas, Maria Pinto is packing her bags. Has sewing machine. Will travel (to D.C., of course.)
From The Wall Street Journal:
Just after addressing the nation in Chicago’s Grant Park Tuesday night, as the Obamas swept through tents that were filled with friends and family to shake hands with people and thank them, “Barack gave me this huge hug and said, ‘You’re coming to D.C. with us!” says Ms. Pinto, whose brightly colored, tailored sheaths were spotted on Michelle Obama on the campaign trail.
As for whether she’ll to go Washington, D.C., the Chicago-based designer, who has seen sales spike 45% in the last 12 months, says there’s no question. “Hell, yeah!” she says. “I’m going anywhere they want me to go.”
Also, The Daily Beast enlisted some former members of Bravo’s Project Runway to come up with Inaugural dress designs for Michelle. I hated almost all of them, but they’re worth a gander.