Wednesday, January 21, 2009

the new US first lady's dress

everyone has put their two cents in regarding the outfit michelle obama wore to the inauguration. so here's ours! first of all, great choice all around. we love isabel toledo's work. we also love her husband ruben toledo's work, especially his fashion illustrations. secondly, we love the color of the outfit. it suits the occasion, michelle's skin color, and everything it represents—optimism, hope, happiness, sunny, sunshine, spring, summer, etc etc. and it's a great way for her to introduce herself to the world. we even liked the choice of shoes and gloves (but wasn't she freezing with those bare legs??). now here comes the critique. first of all, it was too sprarkly. with an attention-getting shade like that (call it lemongrass, not maize please), you don't need any more borloloy (or bling whatever) to make it stand out. plus it was a daytime event. (well, in fairness, a day-to-evening event.) the fabric had some sort of shiny overlay or had some beading or sequins. if we bought this ensemble, we probably wouldn't wear the shift and coat together; we'd break it up. we thought that sparkly neck thing was not necessary. secondly, the length of the coat—it could've used a little hemming. it looked dowdy from where we were in front of our TV set. in our opinion, it should've been slightly shorter than the dress—it would've looked more flattering. as it is, michelle is a big woman and that length just made her look gigantic, with the coat swishing and flapping about her as she walked. having said all that, brava, michelle! welcome to the white house!

what did YOU think??

(photo credit: nydailynews.com)

6 comments:

anna said...

i think her choices were excellent --at the inauguration and at the ball --as they both implied, "i have style, i know good design and workmanship but i don't want to upstage my husband."

Anonymous said...

I agree with your assessment. The dress was too "sparkly" for day. The over the top neck detail reinforced this problem. The coat was too big, bulky and did not flow in an elegant manner when she walked. It didn't look like it was masterfully lined. I found her green shoes to be bizarrely unsettling.

As for her ball gown, I found the sleeveless one arm design too reminiscent of movie stars on a red carpet. Isn't she supposed to be the first lady not pitching a her movie to the E channel? Furthermore, the sleeveless design made her look gigantic. I think she could definately beat the president in an arm wrestling contest. She looks bigger than he does.

Whitewell said...

The shoes by Jimmy Choo is perfect! The gown worn during the inaugural ball did not stand out well in my opinion. This was a Jason Wu (26 years old) gown. She should have worn an Inno Sotto or a Monique Lhullier (buy American) gown!

Anonymous said...

I love the yellow dress & coat with the lime green gloves & shoes. I dont like the white gown for the ball.

Anonymous said...

I liked both her outfits. It's just that she was slouching a bit that's why she wasn't able to carry the beautiful clothes well. The designs were pretty in my opinion. Sayang, she could have carried them well with her height, she needs some polishing regarding her posture and walk.

Anonymous said...

the designer of the yellow coat should have paid more attention to the inner lining and anticipated that since it is an outdoor event, the coat, during the winter windy weather, will definitely be showing its lining...