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Twitter couldn't decide the exact color of the Narciso Rodriguez shift dress Michelle Obama wore last night for President Obama’s final State of the Union. Guesses include mango, tangerine, saffron, sunflower, and just plain orange or yellow. For what it's worth, Narciso Rodriguez's marketing copy labeled it "marigold." Either way, it looked like a ray of sunshine.
The dress is from the designer's Fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, and it was on sale at Neiman Marcus for $628. Of course, it's sold out now at Neiman Marcus. There's one left in size 42 at Farfetch, retailing for $2,095.
This is the brightest dress the First Lady has worn to a State of the Union address in some time, according to NYT fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, who writes:
It was just as impossible to miss the fact that it telegraphed a mood that was unquestionably upbeat and sunny. Indeed, it was the brightest dress the first lady had worn to a State of the Union since 2012, when she appeared in bright blue Barbara Tfank, and a notable contrast to the last State of the Union, where she wore a zipped-up sober gray skirt suit by Michael Kors — and the dimensions were multiple.
The dress also serves as a sartorial bookend of sorts: Friedman reports that Obama wore a bold Narciso Rodriguez sheath dress (paired with a cardigan) on election night in 2008, and another sleeveless Narciso Rodriguez burgundy dress to President Obama's first State of the Union in 2009.