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I really liked Michelle Obama's inaugural gown. It's by 26 year old designer Jason Wu. Via the LA Times: [More...]
Wu is 26 years old, was born in Taiwan and studied at Parsons in New York. The gown is an unusual choice. Obama is wearing white in the winter and white at night. (President Obama's white bow tie and tux combo is even more unusual.) The gown could even be a wedding dress. But Michelle Obama is rewriting the fashion rules and she looks every inch the style icon she is becoming. The one-shouldered style is sexy and the powdery hue reflects the trends we saw on the Golden Globes red carpet. And won't it look nice in the Smithsonian alongside the other first lady gowns?
Jane loved the dress. More praise: The Wall St. Journal; Gothamist.
Good for Michelle for resisting the cookie-cutter gown mold. She's got her own style and it suits her just fine.
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All of this attention will help catapult these designers to the next level.
I liked the ensemble she wore today although I hope and assume she had underarmour on beneath it. The coat didn't look very heavy was flapping open in the wind. I would have preferred to see her in a warm coat and a hat, but that's just the mom in me. Anyway, I doubt that she even felt the chill.
The kids looked adorable, of course.
Everyone keeps talking about the gown's length and how she is tripping on it. It looks to me like the fabric has stretched as the night went on and it has gotten longer. It does seem to be bothering her. I'm thinking that at this point, she can't wait to go home and put her feet up. They have to be exhausted.
I'm getting a kick out of the color guard having to follow them around and be on the stage every time they go to another ball. Either that or there are a lot of color guard teams working tonight.
That tux he wore to those dinners last night was pretty sharp. He looked good.
Michelle has good muscle definition and tone in her arms. You can tell she works out. She looks so good in sleeveless and off-the-shoulder styles.
They say men are always undressing women in their mind. We are always dressing them, like paper dolls. Maybe we never got over our paper dolls.
We like to redress.
However, it can make a major difference for men in their success, so perhaps they ought to talk about it more. For example, Obama's shirt collars were absolutely horrible early in the campaign and made him look gawky -- read, young and inexperienced, wearing daddy's shirts -- but interestingly, once he was taken in hand and made to get clothes that fit, he did better on the campaign trail, too.
Of course, because it's not much talked about, his much more expensive suits (almost $2,000, I saw somewhere) and better shirts went right by most in the media and public who picked on Palin -- whether at first for her own clothes or then for wearing what was picked out for her. . . .
...it should be comfortable
...it should be suitable for the occasion/weather
I assume today's dress w/matching sweater and coat was chosen for appearance and color. Obviously, not for comfort. Walking down the street she was constantly grabbing at it and holding it together in front against the wind. It flew open to expose the lining...a distraction...and she looked really cold. He didn't and neither did any of the other women who were bundled up good...as were her girls. Also, was that a necklace or part of the dress? When did we start wearing rhinestones with suits and day dresses? I guess it's the bling thing.
Her inaugural dress is unflattering, too long and not a 'ball gown.' Bad choice for someone with bad posture...one-shoulder treatment draws attention to it. A common issue for tall girls and women.
OK, OK...nothing personal. I spent 25 years in retail clothing...it's second nature to observe the details.
The major detail was that she rose above it all, looked energized and happy. That's what counts.
Agree with you about the one-shoulder thing. MO is a big lady, big-boned and wide-hipped. It's easy for her to look ungainly in the wrong clothes. And for all the reasons you mentioned, she did so on the inaugural. She does have nice arms and shoulders, but not in a one-shoulder evening gown (it wasn't a ball gown). You may be right; it may be a posture thing.
The ball gown was a mess, and the inaugural dress looked like it was made out of upholstery fabric. Ensembles look so fussy and matronly (and usually dated) anyway. At least it looked this way before the cameras, and that's what she must dress for nowadays -- so all the people saying it looked good close up doesn't cut it.
But NOBODY has commented on the absolutely smashing ensemble (yes, it was an ensemble) she wore to Arlington National Cemetery. Camel coat with black dress beneath. Now THAT was classy. Smart and chic and becoming.
She looks good in more professional, tailored things.
(My mum was a dress designer.)
In response to the poster somewhere on here: we don't evaluate women by their clothes, but we do love fabric and design!
Got a link? I can't find the camel/black number! Classic color combo I can't wear myself but almost always like on those who can.
As for the gown, I suppose they were going for a very formal look. I thought the one shoulder flattered her because she has great shoulders and arms. Wide hips? (said by someone above) I'll show you wide hips :) Mine would be at least 36 with just skin and bones. It's funny how people see things differently. I agree she is a tall, athletic woman and not a petite, but I don't see her as "big-boned" either. She seems to me to be proportional and with relatively small hips and a nice waist. If she were not so obviously uncomfortable in the gown, largely because of the length, I think there would have been less comment about it.
I had to laugh at a comment I saw last night saying something like "Michelle, go back stage and get some scissors and cut six inches off that gown. Just do it!" I had been thinking the same thing myself. I think I would have called that designer, or someone to do something with the length. Then I thought, well, the gown has to go to a museum or something, and she probably thinks she has to keep it as is. Then I thought, heck, she could just get the designer to make another one -- who would know? And she can do whatever she wants. She's the first lady after all. :)
Obviously, my view is tainted because I just wanted it to turn out well for her and it would have taken a complete fashion disaster for me to criticize. Even then, I might have found something to defend. It's just one of those times when I felt like I could do that.
P.S. This is coming from someone who had serious doubts about Michelle early on. To her credit, the more I "got to know her" and the more she developed her public personality, the more I liked and respected her and cheered her on.
Best: Black, white and vivid colors along with classic beige, tan, camel, champagne, wheat, etc.! Think African textiles. Too bad she didn't find a way to incorporate some of that feeling into an Americanized version this week. Maybe in the summer...they're cotton, after all!
I didn't want to be the grinch
I was expecting her inaugral gown to be a vivid/bright color, so the white was a definite surprise. I don't know if it was the cut/style but it was definitely not flattering to her figure.
Malia and Sasha's outfits were gorgeous and they looked absolutely beautiful.
Hillary also looked beautiful in her blue outfit during the inaugaration.
She would have been better off in a brighter color.
But she still looked better than the "gunshot victim" dress she wore on Election Night.
You may have noticed that the retail sales numbers are down, down, down and the market is taking a heckuva hit.
Retail clothing is vital to our capitalist economy and millions of jobs attach to it, in mfg, in sales, in advertising, etc. Just now, the major retail sales are Obama tee shirts and other Obama memorabilia. It's not enough to reverse the trend but every little bit helps...or not.
Every sector of the economy matters...including women's clothing. I still have a 'Jackie pillbox hat' from the 60s.
Even so, I was disturbed to see so many Democrats/Obama supporters wearing fur. Not a progressive message but a status symbol. Ugh.
I get the feeling that she's the kind of woman who never cared much about clothes. She's a lawyer, after all. Jackie, with whom she is ineptly compared, was a finishing school debutante junior-year-swanning-in-Paris person. JKO probably spent much of her life thinking about what looked good on her and the spaces around her. MO is a lawyer. (About the only thing they have in common is the "O")
I think she was very happy to get it from J. Crew and forget about it.
Hillary pays $5K for each of those pantsuits everyone makes fun of. They are handmade, and she knows they will fit her and how they will fit her before she puts them on. Remember the photo in the papers of one of her aides holding up different suits on hangers in the lights before she gave a big speech -- to see what color looked best in the lights? (HRC is another lawyer who spent much of her life in oversize sweaters and jeans.)
The Cuban-American designer Toledo didn't even know that her ensemble was "the" suit until that morning -- that certainly gave no time for tailoring, thinking, tinkering, and trying things out.
MO might be better off not trying to be Jackie or Laura Bush II (she said LB was her role model). I think she's got more teeth than that, and she might as well be damned for what she is rather than damned for pretending to be something she's not.
That said, I'm glad she's promoting young designers. And she can learn, if she really wants to: remember what a mess Princess Di's early photos were?
But is it worth the bother? Why not just give more business to J. Crew?