Is Michelle Obama’s Inauguration day outfit an olive branch to Cuba?

Mrs. O opts for a Cuban-born designer

Michelle Obama’s sparkly gold-yellow lace ribbon-closed coat and dress with a bejeweled collar by New York-based designer Isabel Toledo is receiving rave reviews—and being avidly dissected for its deeper political meaning. Newsday notes that the colour, which has symbolized hope and renewal since the Elizabethan Era, echoes “the platform on which Obama based his campaign.” The surprise choice of the Cuban-born Toledo is even being seized upon as a signal that her husband’s new administration will seek improved relations with that country. Also noted is the new first lady’s nod to frugality in her green leather gloves from J. Crew, which also supplied Malia and Sacha Obama’s royal blue and pink coats.