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Talk about really letting loose for your second term in office: This must surely be the only time in American history that a pillar of the administrationa First Daughterhas planned to wear metallic leather to an inaugural ball.
Jenna Bushthe blonde onehas stated her intention to don such a frock, created just for her by the design duo Badgley Mischka, who specialize in sexy, fussy dresses for desperate-housewife types. The garment has been described as an emerald silk crepe gown with metallic leather banding and jeweled insets. In fact, tiny bejeweled straps appear to hold this dress together across one's backa fairly saucy construction, but would one expect less from a woman who revealed a bit of bare belly bulging from atop her trousers during her speech at the convention?
Miss Jenna Bush and Miss Barbara Bush
As for their mother, Laura has, for the moment, traded her boring suits, made, one suspects, by the best tailor in Crawford, Texas, for a gaggle of clothes designed by the apolitical Oscar de la Renta. (He's also made plenty of dudsby which we mean clothes, we're not commenting on the resultsfor Mrs. Hilton.) For the First Lady's big night, Oscar has made a narrow dress of silvery-blue tulle, encrusted with bugle beads and Austrian crystals, that looks completely appropriate if not exactly earth-shattering.
Since everyone in fashion longs for a red carpet train wreck, fingers are crossed that the dress Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan designer from a background so wealthy we once read that her family employed a servant whose sole task was brushing the heirs' hair, will provide some chuckles: It's a raspberry, awning-striped silk taffeta floor-length shirtwaist with western detailing and peculiar sleeves like the ones on a man's shirt, only here the cuffs stop at the elbows.
Texas State Society "Black Tie and Boots" Inaugural Ball - Carolina Herrera Evening Gown Raspberry awning-striped silk taffeta shirtdress.