Friday, January 23, 2009

i HOPE she doesn't make this blunder again

like everyone else on the planet, i was most excited for inauguration day to see what michelle obama would wear to the numerous balls that she and the president would attend. good fashion should be completely bi-partisan, so what can more easily unite a nation than fantastic clothes?

my gut reaction when i first saw her was two words: toilet paper. i was completely disappointed. i was down in the dumps for about 30 minutes after viewing her inauguration night ball gown. i have really enjoyed seeing what mrs. obama wears and this night was no exception. i only wish she could have delivered.

mrs. obama is not a fussy person and i think the sparkles and flowers gave her the impression of being child-like or a bridesmaid. this woman is was the bride on tuesday and she therefore should be commanding the attention and respect of a bride, not her junior bridesmaid younger sister. or resembling the streamers on the get-away car.

according to designer jason wu,
"It's soft, feminine, but powerful; I wanted to convey all that in a dress. I wanted it to look like a sign of hope."
yeah, i HOPE she doesn't make this blunder again. i was hoping for something less flower child, more full-bloom rose.
ball gown pluses-
the color white. AMAZING color choice. her skin just glows. she should wear white everyday. that would stimulate the economy because women would be rushing out to buy white shirts to try and look half as fantastic as she does in white. (i also love to wear white. perhaps i should start a trend?)
the one shoulder strap. i love this on her. LOVE IT! she has amazing shoulders and this look displayed them well.
ball gown minuses-
the gauzy flowers. this just didn't translate well. it appeared unfinished.
the length. either she needed the dress to be bustled or she and the president needed to practice beforehand because they both looked like two robots stuck in glue as they both kept getting caught up in the skirt of the dress.
a related note-
i wish she had worn at least half her hair pulled back from her face. i think it would have been more formal and would could have gotten a better look at her dangly earrings.

the lemongrass inauguration suit was more palatable to my senses, but in some photos is looked decidely mustard, which is not a color i believe that the First Lady should wear. i tried to reserve judgement on the suit until i had seen several angles and screen captures, but something was just not quite right. mrs. obama is a tall lady and all the loose, heavy fabric gave her almost a couch-like appearance. if the sheath dress had been a solid fabric of the same color i believe the visual busy-ness would have been toned down.

loved the leather gloves.

and the brooch at the neck. i didn't like the sweater under the jacket and over the sheath dress. too much.


lrbodine said...

I agree on the dress! I loved the one shoulder and the color but the dress was horrible. I didn't like anything she wear that innauguration day.

Rachel said...

I agree, I sort of thought it looked a little maternity. Not presidential-middle-of-winter-party-outfit.
What a long day though, maybe she was just too tired to realize.

Nicole said...

Well, I do not have a degree in design and/or fashion ( whatever it is you have) but, I actually liked the dress. I thought it was feminine and very classy! Just b/c she's the first lady doesn't mean she has to dress like the typical first lady. Remember this is supposed to be the adminitration of change! ;) haha!

I can't beleive I ataully disagree with you. waht is the world coming to! ;) love ya!

Angie said...

The dress looked a little like she was playing dress up. It reminded me of when I used to twirl in front of my mirror in my big white slip when I was little. It was too flower girl for me. I wished it would have been more fitted and sleek.