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Why Malia Obama's Farewell Address Outfit Matters

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 12 January 2017
Malia Obama wore a Cinq à Sept Colorblock Dress ($395, currently available on Bloomingdale’s website), to her father’s Farewell Address to the nation. Pairing the dress with black ankle boots and a thin velvet choker, Malia completed the stylish and sophisticated look with simplicity. But there’s more to this sartorial choice than meets the eye.
US President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address, Chicago, USA - 10 Jan 2017 © KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (7765441w) Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Malia Obama US President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address, Chicago, USA - 10 Jan 2017 US President Barack Obama (R) laughs next to First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and daughter Malia Obama (L) after his farewell address to the American people at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 10 January 2017. Obama's eight year term as president of the USA ends on 20 January when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office.
US President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address, Chicago, USA – 10 Jan 2017 | © KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

The Cinq à Sept clothing debuted in the New York fashion scene in 2016 and gets its name from the French which means “five to seven”—referring to the promise-filled, early evening hours. In other words, “five to seven” signals hope for a spirited evening.

Micki Krimmel/Flickr
Micki Krimmel/Flickr

Hope, after all, was the trademark of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and was a message Obama circled back to in his final address to the nation. “I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours,” Obama said, as reported by The New York Times. He then ended his address with not just a nod to the past, but hope for the future. “Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can.”

But that’s not all Obama said to inspire the nation, one final time. He also talked about what it was like to lead his family, in addition to the country.

“Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad,” Obama said of his Malia and Sasha—who was home, studying for a test according to CNN. These and other remarks brought Malia to tears, and the Twitterverse couldn’t get enough of it, speculatively, because many of the citizens Obama referenced in his speech, were crying alongside Malia, at home.

After her father concluded his address, Malia led the First Family from the podium out of the public eye. Many fashion insiders have speculated that Malia is following in the footsteps of her mother a woman to watch in fashion. Five years ago, at the age of 14, Malia was called America’s next style icon by USA Today. In that article, Lucky magazine’s executive fashion director, Alexis Bryan Morgan, agreed, saying, “I’m hard pressed to think of anyone, period, who had such great style potential at 14.”

If her Cinq à Sept Colorblock Dress is any indication, Malia’s future as a style icon who makes the personal political and looks smashing at the same time, then we don’t have to “hope” for Malia. She is already here.