J. Crew to Retire Malia's Coat, First Lady's Accessories
Love the sparkly belt Michelle Obama wore over her Inauguration Day jacket? How about the deep plum overcoat worn by her daughter, Malia?
Don't bother to search J.Crew's website for either item, because both are being retired, the company's creative director told TODAY on Tuesday.
"The lady day coat that Malia was wearing has been in our line for years, and we'll continue that, but we'll retire the color," said J.Crew's creative director, Jenna Lyons. "We won't do the color again, just out of respect for the first family."
In addition to Malia's coat, J.Crew also designed Michelle Obama's gloves and the rhinestone-studded belt she wore over her royal blue custom-made Thom Browne coat.
Lyons reminded TODAY's Matt Lauer that the first lady is known for pulling pieces out of the closet more than once, including items she purchased from previous seasons. That pattern applied to the sparkly belt Obama had on display Monday.
"That belt was actually a sash. She fashioned it into a belt around the coat," Lyons said. "We won't rerun that. She did her own thing to that, and out of respect, we'll let her have her that moment."
Lyons said she feels humbled to have the first family wear so many of her items in such a public venue.
"I feel a sense of responsibility to make people feel good and to make people look good," she said. "For me, the reason I like to make clothes is I want everyone, not just the people who have a really big pocket book, but everyone to feel beautiful."
Another designer feeling the bright glare of the inaugural afterglow is Jason Wu, whom Obama selected to design her inaugural gown for a second time.
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