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Video: Tracy Reese talks about dressing Michelle Obama

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    >>> back now at 8:09. when first lady michelle obama walked on to the stage tuesday night, she got rave reviews for that dress. it was created by fashion designer tracy reese. tracy , good morning. good to you have here.

    >> great to be here, natalie.

    >> i know mrs. obama is a big fan of yours. she's won your dress on i think 15 occasions, public and in her private life . you sent a couple of ideas for her to consider. did you have any idea she was going to wear your dress?

    >> we had no idea. we were warned there might be a possibility. they weren't sure until the last minute. until she stepped down at the stage, we didn't know. we were still at the office because it's fashion week so we're prepping and i got a phone call from our controller and she's like "mrs. obama 's wearing our dress." we got online immediately and streamed the whole speech. we were all crowded around listening to every minute. it was such an amazing night.

    >> when you saw her wearing that particular dress, what did you think?

    >> i thought that she made the right choice. because i didn't know what she was would need or how she would feel or what she was planning the moment to be so i just wanted her to have choice and i wanted her to choose us. but she made an excellent choice because she looks gorgeous and the color looks so pressure.

    >> how would you describe -- what is that material? it looks almost satiny.

    >> it's actually a silk jacquard and it's a blend silk.

    >> is it red or coral?

    >> it's hot pink with rust and copper mixed all together.

    >> this is not a dress setting just yet. it's a future collection.

    >> it was something we were doing for later.

    >> and price range retail?

    >> under 500.

    >> so affordable for some.

    >> for some, exactly.

    >> who want to look like mrs. obama .

    >> another thing, the sleeveless look, she's made it her signature trademark to wear sleeveless. but some people may question the choice of on a night that is perhaps one of the biggest nights in this term certainly for her to go sleeveless, what did you think of that?

    >> i just thought she looked beautiful. she was showing off her assets. i there's nothing wrong with having great arms and showing you're a beautiful, strong, powerful woman.

    >> course her nails made a big statement as well. we have discovered, as you heard, the nail polish cover, the artistic gloss color gel and the color here that i have it is vogue. nail polish is not something that you think of so much but in this case it seemed to complement the dress, right?

    >> we think about nails all the time. we develop exclusive colors for our show every season. it's become the next accessory. it's something that almost everybody can access. you can get a bottle of nail poll, for $5, $6, $9, $3.

    >> this one is selling out apparently.

    >> i'm sure. it's a great accessory. the sky is the limit with colors so it's a lot of fun to play with.

    >> we're looking forward to the tracy reese dress soon. soon you say?

    >> very soon.

    >> congratulations to you. have a great week at fashion week. your show is sunday. good

Photos: Michelle Obama’s effortless style

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  1. Michelle Obama's effortless style

    The first lady looks as sophisticated in designer dresses as she does in outfits from J. Crew. Take a look at her great style:

    First lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house on March 21, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Andy Wong / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ping-pong fun

    Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas, in Beijing, China on March 21, 2014. (Andy Wong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Welcome to China

    Michelle Obama waves as she and her daughter Sasha leave their plane at Capital International Airport in Beijing on March 20, 2014. (Alexander F. Yuan / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Green day

    Vice president Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, and Irish Prime Mininster Enda Kenny's wife Fionnuala O'Kelly smile during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2014. (Ron Sachs / Pool / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. We're green with envy

    Kermit the Frog is welcomed by Michelle Obama at a screening of Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win Mcnamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Seeking shades

    President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida on March 9, 2014. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Pretty prints

    Michelle Obama delivers remarks during s workshop titled "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul" with (L-R) Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli, and music artists Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae and Patti LaBelle in the State Dining Room at the White House March 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Jump to it

    Michelle Obama sports a chic black jumpsuit during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 20, 2014. (NBC; Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pretty as a painting

    Michelle Obama, in a bold print skirt, is escorted by Rose Cameron, CEO and founder of WAT-AAH!, a line of bottled water targeted to kids and teens, as they view the "Taking Back the Streets" art exhibit at the New Museum in New York on Feb. 20. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Snow bunny

    Michelle Obama skis at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. on Feb. 15. This is the third year in a row that Michelle Obama has vacationed in Aspen over the long President's Day weekend. (Chris Council / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Ultimate elegance

    President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, in a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown, arrive at a state dinner at the White House on Feb. 11. The dress featured a sheer black top with hand-embroidered and beaded appliques and sleeves that dipped just below the first lady's elbows. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Lady in red

    First lady Michelle Obama, French President Francois Hollande, and President Barack Obama wave at the balcony of the White House on Feb. 11. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Deep green

    Michelle Obama, in a hunter green Azzedine Alaïa dress, waves next to U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in Washington on Jan. 28, 2014. (Joshua Roberts / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Vision in blue

    First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as she listens to President Barack Obama speak at an event on expanding college opportunity in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Jan. 16, 2014. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Bold bling

    Michelle Obama wore a festive lucite necklace while speaking about education in underserved communities in the State Dining Room following a screening of the movie "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" at the White House on Jan. 15, 2014. (Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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