Sporting bangs and baring her signature toned arms, Michelle Obama graces the April cover of Vogue magazine in a deep blue, V-neck Reed Krakoff dress from her personal collection. Perched on a piece of furniture, against a vibrant green backdrop, Mrs. Obama looks poised, modern, and comfortable—and seasonally on trend; the dress even has a punch of eggplant, one of spring’s hottest hues. Her personal hair and makeup team of Johnny Wright and Carl Ray, respectively, handled her beauty looks—a testament to Mrs. Obama’s loyalty to her own camp. Wright and Ray have both worked with the First Lady for several years, and both are locally based—Wright at Immortal Beloved, and Ray at George at the Four Seasons Salon.
In the accompanying profile, Mrs. Obama, who was last on Vogue’s cover in 2009, and her husband talk parenting, fashion, and marital strength with writer Jonathan Van Meter, who played off the couple’s affection for one another, something that didn’t go unnoticed by other members of the Vogue team during the two-day shoot, which took place at the White House in January (as we first reported). “There’s a lot of huggin’ going on,” noted famed photographer Annie Leibovitz at one point during the session with the Obamas, wherein Mrs. Obama drapes herself across the side of an arm chair for an embrace with her husband, as he casually rests his arm on her lap.
As for her sartorial advice, Mrs. Obama tells Van Meter: “I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do.” The First Lady obviously feels good about Krakoff, an American designer frequently on her wardrobe rotation, most recently at her husband’s swearing-in ceremony in January, for which she selected another of the designer’s blue dresses. For the other photographs in the Vogue story, Mrs. Obama reportedly wore a Michael Kors sweater and ballgown ensemble. The April issue of Vogue hits newsstands on March 26.