How very elegant is Mrs O in repose?
I never thought I would be saying this about an outfit that involved a peach twin-set, but hey I am a total fan.
And here is André Leon Talley interview that goes with the Annie Liebowitz Vogue cover shoot. (As a total aside is there no other photographer in the celeb portraiture line these days?)
Debate is raging here in the newsroom is Michelle’s gold dress/ coat ensemble more Camilla Parker Bowles en-route to Ascot or regally presidential and apt?
One thing I am certain about is what in shodding’s sake are those horrid green court shoes all about? What’s wrong with a patent black Jackie O heel?
Now Obama on the other hand looks soberly delightful – whatever this man wears he’s got it!
A & S
Let’s hope it gets better at the Ball – Fairy Godmothers Unite
See more and the Ball Gown here.
Simon has also alerted me to the glories of Mrs O a thinly veiled reference to Jackie O and the obsession with first lady style. The Mrs O blog is a total Michelle Obama love fest . The latest post is how to get you hands on the Target dress in order to reference that famous moment early on in the campaign where Mrs O’s dress launched a thousand votes at least and many many copy cats.
Everyone is weighing in on the first lady elect’s dress nous – The Slate say’s whatever you do – do not do Jackie O, whilst also analysing the very, very profitable marketing side effects of a black first lady .
You can probably tell I am over the moon – so here are two great links to The Times about the newly minted first lady’s impecable style credentials – Carla Bruni – be scared.
Plus a few words of advice for all wannabe power dressers
RULES OF THE REAL POWER DRESSING by Shane Watson….
* Be smart, without being flashy or ostentatious. The epitome of old-style power dressing is Ivana Trump — all hair, cleavage and money. Real power dressing plays down all of the above.
* Look chic, but never stiff or elitist. Anna Wintour has impeccable power-dressing credentials, but in a deluxe, label-conscious way — the new power dressing is less formal, less high-maintenance and barely bothers with designer labels.
* Keep it stylish, but don’t let your fashion agenda dominate. Rachida Dati, the French justice minister, takes a good photograph, but her flashbulb-friendly brand of glamour is a distraction that tends to end up being the story. Real power dressing is about standing out from the crowd, but always in a manner that regular women can relate and aspire to. Sarah Brown, for example, does not qualify as a role model because she still looks way too ordinary (and as though she’s been forced into it at gunpoint).
* Real power dressing is about being smart and true to yourself, and the balance between the two is what makes it new. Work out what suits you, and don’t deviate.
* Keep the lines simple, then add accessories. With jewellery, keep it bold and simple, not fussy — see Obama’s signature oversize pearls. Update the look with belts and shoes and bags.
* Don’t get trapped in standard black, navy and red. Prints and strong colours look fresher and less conservative.
* Avoid fussy details like bows, and too much flesh on show
And if I can add my own bugbear – avoid the ever prevalent and highly uninspired pant suit – its boring, not powerful.
See also : The Truth about Palin’s wardrobe expenses
and Mrs O – Michelle Obama Love Fest