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ON HIS STYLE “Style in DC is so much stronger than 15 years ago. A new breed is here. It’s getting better every year. [Especially since the Obamas’ arrival], there’s a little more fashion, a little more flavor and a little more swagger. My style is sporty, and it’s influenced by my daily schedule of constantly moving around. You can always see me sporting a fun pair of Nike tennis shoes with my suit.” –Carl Ray Carl Ray isn’t just an image-maker CARL RAY in DC; his artistry is The Artist global. As the personal makeup artist to Michelle Obama, he makes sure the first lady looks her best whether she’s on Pennsylvania Avenue or traveling the planet. But traditional Washington style doesn’t generally apply to Ray himself. If he’s traveling with the first lady, he’s in an Armani or Hugo Boss suit. But most days, he says, even at the White House, “I try to be edgy.” And while that means casual gear from the likes of Diesel and Zara, he’s more about accessories—jewelry by David Yurman, oversize Shinola watches and his ever-present glasses. “I’ve got about 20 pairs of glasses,” he says. “I’m a glasses freak.” He’s also been collecting tattoos since he was 19, many pegged to life events or places he’s been. No surprise, then, that he has filled his left arm since he started working with the first lady—she’s taken him everywhere from India to Saudi Arabia. Needless to say, he stays pretty busy, between his White House visits and his countless appointments for weddings and photo shoots via the George Salon at the Four Seasons. But when he’s not working, you can often find him exercising at SoulCycle—his bike never far from Mrs. Obama’s. Vest and pants, $945, shirt, $125, and socks, $15, all by Hugo Boss at Bloomingdale’s, Chevy Chase; shoes, $395, by To Boot at Bloomingdale’s, Chevy Chase; vintage 1920s IWC pocket watch with mother-of-pearl inlaid dial with chain, $5,450, at Charles Schwartz & Son, Mazza Gallerie; glasses, Ray’s own, by Tom Ford at tomford.com; necklace, Ray’s own, by David Yurman at Tyson’s Galleria; watch, Ray’s own, by Shinola, downtown.