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Clifford Pugh, a colleague from my old Houston days, writes in his Cliff Notes blog today that Michelle Obama‘s glittery, eye-catching gold dress was designed by Isabel Toledo, a Cuban-born American designer who once tried to inject a more modern style at Anne Klein, where the designer used to work.

“Her choice continues a penchant for the First Lady-to-be for designers of Cuban heritage,” Pugh writes prior to Barack Obama’s swearing in. “Michelle Obama wore two outfits by Narciso Rodriguez to the pre-inaugural events on Sunday.”

Shall we go ahead and read too much into these design choices? Why the hell not? I see warmer relations with Cuba in the immediate future.

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