Take a mental inventory of your wardrobe quickly: do you own anything by Peter Som? If so, the next time you slip into that dress or button up that blouse, give yourself a pat on the back knowing it’s Michelle Obama-approved—at least theoretically.
As one of today’s most in-demand contemporary womenswear designers, Peter Som makes clothes that are often spotted on celebrities, including our sartorially savvy First Lady. FLOTUS has had such a prominent influence in the designer’s creative process, in fact, that she’s one of his main muses.
"It’s funny. In every collection, there are a lot of dresses, and I always think in the back of my head, ‘is this a Michelle Obama dress?’" Som tells the Huffington Post.
His designs are quite versatile, spanning a variety of styles and aesthetics, and fortunately, so does the First Lady’s critically acclaimed wardrobe. "Michelle Obama is not only an amazing, accomplished woman who is doing wonderful things, but also has a great sense of personal style," says Som. "She is really dressing the way modern women dress, mixing high and low—really having fun with it."
Though his collection typically carries aspirational price tags, penny-pinchers and fancy ladies alike can enjoy his upcoming collection of reasonably priced designs for Kohl’s DesigNation line. While the playful and elegant collection won’t hit stores until tomorrow, you can shop it online now at Kohls.com. At last, we can all dress like Michelle Obama—that’s the American dream for you.