4 more years…..

….of Michelle Obama.

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Following the success of President Barrack Obama in the US Presidential elections, it’s not just 4 more years of the 44th President, but also 4 more years of Michelle. And like any first lady, the past 4 years have included constant analysis of her clothes.  Every outfit documented, picked over and commented on, there is even a website that posts information on every outfit of the first lady as she wears them.

Not only are her clothing choices instantly given the fashionistas thumbs up or thumbs down, they also provide an instant sales boost for a host of designers. After Obama’s first year in office it was reported that various clothing labels had benefited to the tune of nearly $3 billion through Michelle donning their outfits.

In 2008 for her first television appearance she wore J.Crew, an American high street retailer, and uttered the words “this is a J. Crew ensemble. You can get some good stuff online,” That one statement crashed the company’s website and saw a spike in their share price. The same happened when she wore a $148 dress on another TV appearance, with the dress selling out across the US almost instantly.

Another study concluded that every time she wears a fashion label, high street or designer she lands the fashion retailer $14million in increased sales.

At home it’s Kate Middleton who sends shoppers into a frenzy over the must have dress, with her infamous appearance in a £175 Reiss dress when she meet the Obamas. The dress instantly sold out online and sent traffic to their online store spiking.

Gaining the Presidential or the Royal seal of approval is a massive sales boost to fashion retailers, as well as doing wonders for their marketing, and all for free. Both ladies make their own fashion choices and it also helps that they both wear “affordable fashion”, and do not have to paid like “normal” celebrities to endorse a fashion brand.

Would the same work if we were to see Kate or Michelle drinking a can of Pepsi, or playing on the new HTC phone? Or is this particular phenomenon only applicable to the fashion industry? Of course we will never know as the first family of America and Royal family at home can not endorse brands in the same way they can lend their support to good causes. But an organic brand link can be even more powerful than a conventional paid-for endorsement, and if these ladies are wearing something they much be recommending it.

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