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Kittens, she met THE QUEEN yesterday! And she wore THIS:


President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

This is a truly historic moment as America's first giant President and First Lady meet with the tiny little queen of a hidden magical island. She's so wee! Does she live under a toadstool and ride around on enchanted mice?


As for the clothes...



Jason Wu coat, black and white Isabel Toledo dress, Azzedine Alaia black cardigan

...we're, shall we say, under-impressed. Love the coat. The dress is a little on the frumpy side and the ever-present cardigan does nothing to help that.

[Photos: Getty Images/Daylife.com]


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I think she was going pretty conservative for the Queen. But...pears are so over used. *insert rolley eyes here* To me, pearls don't look classy they look old. But, hey, what do I know? ;-)


... At least our First Lady wasn't sporting a purse... as HRH was... in her own house, so to speak.

Does ER II's contract of employment and promotion of Industry require that she have a handbag attached to her wrist 24/7?

All things considered, I think Ms. Obama hit the right note - not flashy but not dumpy. The sleeveless top + necklace combo was fresh, considering the circumstances, which are protocol-riven and quite conservative, and the coat was nice.

Boy, if she'd worn higher heels the disproportion between her, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would have been embarrassing. And doesn't the Duke look a little like one of the Muppets? A politically incorrect, bitter one, of course....

All the best,

NDC


Anonymous said...
... At least our First Lady wasn't sporting a purse... as HRH was... in her own house, so to speak.



I thought they were meeting Sophia Petrillo.


At first I thought what she wore was pretty plain. Still kind of do. A splash of color in the top, the ever-present cardigan, or a belt would have made a world of a difference.

Other than that, I can respect her trying to go formal for ol HRH. Dull, but appropriate.

BTW, did anyone else catch Ol' Phil checking her out? LOL!


Totally elegant and appropriate. Best not to show up Her Majesty on an official visit.


Absolutely love the coat. The rest of the outfit, it's OK. Tastefully OK.
I like pearls. They are always appropriate. Just right for the OK outfit.
One of the royal watchers said on the news this morning that the Queen always carries that handbag with two fresh sets of gloves. All that handshaking can become pretty nasty, I guess.


...but EVERY woman with thunder thighs is gleeful today, at the very thought that, thanks to Shelly O, crinolines might now make a comeback.

--GothamTomato


I didn't realize that was a dress and not a skirt and top. It's kinda boring (understandably, for the occasion), but I certainly wouldn't call it frumpy.

That coat is a boring black coat. What is so special about it?


Guys, you need to give it up on the cardigans. She has clearly decided the cardigan is her signature look, to protect those bare arms yearning to breath as she goes day to evening. You'll have to wrest that cardigan from Michelle's cold, dead hand.


And, am I imagining this, or is Michelle wearing sheer stockings? Do women with legs as good as hers ever wear sheer stockings nowadays?


What's with all of the anonymous commenters? This is America...you do freedom of speech :)
Totally agree with ya'll, I was seriously underwhelmed by Shelley O's outfit - but her arms look like she works out every day. You go girl :)


Bailey, I have to assume that you are a guy and not a gal, because most women would find an elegant, understated... but remember: elegant black coat to be something to admire and own. It's a go-to for outerwear. Ms. Obama's coat fits that bill perfectly.

What would you suggest as a more appropriate and equally as becoming coat for the First Lady for this occasion?

Joel, from a protocol standpoint I would have to believe that it would not be appropriate for Ms. Obama to pay a call on a titular head of state in bare legs.

All the best,

NDC


Yes, because men know nothing about owning nice black coats, lol.

Actually, I was just asking because I have heard everyone gushing over it, and I just expected more. Im glad you like it so much. I still think it's boring.


At first I too was unimpressed, but on second, third and so on look, I have really fallen for this outfit. But I'm over 50, so there you go. As for the cardigans... oh you young ones (and guys for that matter) cardigans are a pre-menopausal girl's best friend!! Everyone makes so much of her arms (which are enviable to be sure)... but we girls of a certain age know full well she's armed (heh-heh) against the all too familiar hot flash!! Yet another reason to love Michelle (she's one of us!!)


Her look was very simple...

Personally, for such a "Proud American meeting a monarch/head of state" moment, I would have worn a designer that said quintessential America, like Chanel-- Kidding!
Not that Jason Wu et al aren't quintessentially American (seriously, though, enough w/ the JCrew, Mrs. O-- JSYK, Oscar de La Renta does amazing cardigans-- just bought 1 myself on sale online), but a tasteful Ralph Lauren suit from his Fall collection or that gorgeous white suit from the Duchess' Spring collection would have been perfect
Too expensive (or flashy), maybe?

NDC-- HAHAHAHAHA!
The new malady that comes w/ advanced age--
Muppetheimers...


I read this column from London and when meeting with the Queen, one ALWAYS wears stockings. And PR Boys, the word you were looking for to describe the Queen is "twee".


As I remember, one of the main things that galled the Queen about Diana was that she was too into High Street fashion and regularly 'showed up' the rest of the Royals. I think the First Lady struck the right (conservstive Doris Day '50s) note with her clothing and jewelry. Haven't seen any photos with MO and Camilla in the same frame..THAT I would pay money to see. By the way, when did HRH and consort become Trolls??? I would swear that they were both human size at one point in time...


The black coat is satin, and for evening. It's not easy to find something warm to go over evening looks. Maybe starlets can get away with hopping from a cab to the event in a bare little number, but Mrs. Obama needs to be covered up. Gooseflesh isn't attractive, and it's inappropriate for her to be bare when it doesn't make sense to be.

I think she's wonderful, and the criticism is unwarranted. But you are entitled to your opinion. of course.


Uh...the cardi is throwing me. Because of it, I thought the First Lady was wearing separates.


Anonymous said...

I think she's wonderful, and the criticism is unwarranted. But you are entitled to your opinion. of course.


Yes, we are.


I HATE the cardigan. The coat is fabulous.


Her look was very simple...

Personally, for such a "Proud American meeting a monarch/head of state" moment, I would have worn a designer that said quintessential America, like Chanel-- Kidding!
Not that Jason Wu et al aren't quintessentially American (seriously, though, enough w/ the JCrew, Mrs. O-- JSYK, Oscar de La Renta does amazing cardigans-- just bought 1 myself on sale online), but a tasteful Ralph Lauren suit from his Fall collection or that gorgeous white suit from the Duchess' Spring collection would have been perfect
Too expensive (or flashy), maybe?

NDC-- HAHAHAHAHA!
The new malady that comes w/ advanced age--
Muppetheimers...


Anonymous said...

And PR Boys, the word you were looking for to describe the Queen is "twee".


That may be the word YOU were looking for, but "wee" means "very small," so it's pretty obvious they found the word they were looking for.


Emma P. said...

Her look was very simple...


Way too simple.


bitchybitchybitchy

Boy, if she'd worn higher heels the disproportion between her, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would have been embarrassing. And doesn't the Duke look a little like one of the Muppets? A politically incorrect, bitter one, of course....

ROTFL! A bitter, incorect muppet-what a fabulous image-rather like the two muppets who sat in the balcony and ragged the show-I can see Phillip sitting there now, muttering about wogs and other assorted little former colonials!


LaFemmeFataledeNY

I think she looks OK. She looks much better sans cardigan.


Also love the coat. I must say, I love the dress, without the cardigan. It is neat, correct and understated - and without the d**n cardigan, elegant and flattering. She is, after all, above all, in this setting, trying to offend no one and to be admired for her intelligence and graciousness, not her wardrobe. (remember the repetitive hoo-haw about Princess Diana's inappropriate-for-a-royal wardrobe choices at official events early on? And god knows, she wasn't wearing anything remotely avant garde or "chip")

JoelDC said...

"you'll have to wrest that cardigan from Michelle's cold, dead hand."
**************
Exactly how I am coming to feel. *sigh*

JoelDC said...
"Do women with legs as good as hers ever wear sheer stockings nowadays?"

They darn well do on a state visit to the Queen of England!


"Tlo said: ...we're, shall we say, under-impressed."




But here's the thing:

ShellyO is tall, gorgeous, self-made, charismatic and (most of all) smart. She understands the lesson of Diana:

One does not outshine Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Regina (or her inbred offspring) lest one wants to have the Royal Wrath come down on one's head. (Yes, Lizzie is a tiny little old lady, but I have no doubt that she packs a royal stare that could make a grown man pee his pants.)

Michelle (who could easily outshine royalest of royals, with all her gays' hands tied behind their backs) was appropriately modest.

Smart cookie.

--GothamTomato


mimi said...

At first I too was unimpressed, but on second, third and so on look, I have really fallen for this outfit. But I'm over 50, so there you go. As for the cardigans... oh you young ones (and guys for that matter) cardigans are a pre-menopausal girl's best friend!! Everyone makes so much of her arms (which are enviable to be sure)... but we girls of a certain age know full well she's armed (heh-heh) against the all too familiar hot flash!! Yet another reason to love Michelle (she's one of us!!)


It's amazing how people project themselves onto public figures.

She's "one of us" because she is or will be going through menopause? That describes every single First Lady in history.


I thought that the dress was okay on its own, but the sweater made her hips look huge! I loved the coat. I want one!


As for the cardigans: I just checked with the J. Crew store around the corner from me, and that sparkly one she was wearing yesterday is from their Collection line, $295, and sold out (my guess, within minutes of those pictures going up online yesterday).

--GothamTomato


Gotham Tomato said:
Tlo said: ...we're, shall we say, under-impressed."




But here's the thing:

ShellyO is tall, gorgeous, self-made, charismatic and (most of all) smart. She understands the lesson of Diana:

One does not outshine Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Regina (or her inbred offspring) lest one wants to have the Royal Wrath come down on one's head. (Yes, Lizzie is a tiny little old lady, but I have no doubt that she packs a royal stare that could make a grown man pee his pants.)

Michelle (who could easily outshine royalest of royals, with all her gays' hands tied behind their backs) was appropriately modest.

Smart cookie.

--GothamTomato
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Applause!! Great comments!!


PJ said...

"...By the way, when did HRH and consort become Trolls??? "

Just one minor correction, PJ. When referring to the queen, she's HM (Her Majesty). HRH means His/Her Royal Highness, usually referring to a prince or princess.

But otherwise, I totally agree - when did they get so small???


Sorry about the double post(meant to close instead of resend info)...

Anonymous said...
I think she's wonderful, and the criticism is unwarranted. But you are entitled to your opinion. of course.

10:25 AM

Darling, I won't speak for others, but personally, I LOVE MICHELLE OBAMA W/ EVERY BREATH IN MY BODY.
She symbolizes everything that is wonderful about this country. I am rooting for her & her husband's success as if it were my very own. I critique her look like I do my sister's (Sis is a hospital administrator in La Jolla, CA. Her look is also extremely important. We email each other often in the a.m. for outfit critiques).
So if I didn't care, if her success wasn't so important to me, I wouldn't bother (Laura Bush was never on my blog list).


I don't think you're supposed to show your shoulders in front of the queen. But I think without it the dress is gorgeous.


P.S. To beat the vein of "this is a really conservative occasion" to death - apparently there is some talk now that wearing a (*gasp*) *sleeveless!* dress to meet Her Majesty might have been a dicey choice, vis a vis protocol.

Gauche colonial that I am, that never occurred to me.


I once saw an interview where HM or some royal said that she uses the handbag as a way to keep her hands occupied in a dignified manner. Look at the picture of the 3 of them: HR's hands are in a dignified clasp while Ms. O's look a bit awkward.

I love this from the web... don't know that it is true, but I bet it is:
"It's not only what's inside the monarch's bags that is significant, but the bag itself, for she uses it to communicate with her staff in a very subtle manner. Before dining with the Queen, a point is made to inform guests that dinner will end in about five minutes after she places her bag on the table top. On walkabouts, she holds the bag to one side to show she intends to move on, at which point a lady-in-waiting joins the conversation, allowing her to slip away without causing offence. When at a banquet, if the Queen's bag is placed on the floor, then it's a sign that she's not finding the conversation interesting, and wants nothing more than to escape. However, if the royal bag is dangling happily from the crook of her left arm, she is happy and relaxed.

The Queen carries a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact, and a tube of lipstick in her handbag. The Queen does carry money on Sundays--a folded note of unknown denomination which she discreetly places in the collection plate."


"America's first giant President and First Lady meet with the tiny little queen of a hidden magical island."

I love it! TLo's caption, that is. As for the outfit, she looks great in the dress but I'm in the anti-cardigan camp. A little light jacket would serve her better.


Black and white is perfect. Doesn't show up the little pink queen. Actually, entirely appropriate outfit.


Mrs Obama needs to stay warm. In case we forget, the weather in London is mostly grey, chilly and foggy. She's smart to arm herself with a cardigan, coat and stockings.

Love her understated (also safe) look. Her complexion is flawless!


aack. Apologies for the double post. If I could figure out how to delete myself I would. Thanks.


I think the look was very Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Chic without being overstated. As for the cardigan, I often take one with me because most places with buisness men keep the air COLD because the men are always wearing their suit jackets, and are therefore too warm most of the day.


OMG. Black and white? Boring. And another cardigan? Girl needs to step up her game to meet the Queen. And the double strand of pearls is so cliche.


Who cares what she wore? She touched the Queen. That faux pas upstages any possible outfit.


GothamTomato said...

"But here's the thing: ShellyO is tall, gorgeous, self-made, charismatic and (most of all) smart. She understands the lesson of Diana:"

Very true, GT. But Diana knew EXACTLY what she was doing when she got her couture on.


JoelDC said...
"Do women with legs as good as hers ever wear sheer stockings nowadays?"


As a woman with excellent legs, I can tell you that I wear stockings pretty much all the time, unless it's summer and I'm wearing casual clothes and sandals.

Stockings, sheer or otherwise, hide the myriad small flaws that women's flesh is heir to.

I simply do not understand the bare legged fad.


Anonymous [11:55] said...

Who cares what she wore? She touched the Queen. That faux pas upstages any possible outfit.


Get your facts straight. The Queen made the first move.


The Queen touched Michelle first. No doubt to clandestinly check out the fabric content of said cardigan.

Then, the forced smile on Her Majesty's face softened. Relaxed...she thought "ahhh, cashmere."

Yes, she was wearing gloves, but real Queens can feel things through their gloves. Don't you remember "The Princess and the Pea?"


Shelly went way too casual looking to meet the wee Queen.


I think conservative was the right choice for meeting the queen. But good heavens. If the Obamas had wanted a unique souvenir of their visit, they could have tucked the Queen and the Prince Consort into their pockets and taken them home.


As a woman with excellent legs, I can tell you that I wear stockings pretty much all the time, unless it's summer and I'm wearing casual clothes and sandals.

My legs aren't excellent, but they're pretty damn good (small ankles), and I wear stockings any time I wear a skirt, except in the high heat of summer. As Lilithcat notes, they hide a multitude of flaws. Stockings also protect the interior of your shoes.


Love the dress and coat. The cardigan is silk, no? So that puts it in to the dressy day catagory for me.
She looks lovely. Conservative, yes. That is what is needed for a visit to the Queen.
As to Queen Elizabeth's height. Come on, she was never very tall to begin with and sometimes when you're in your 80's you shrink a little. Have a little mercy.


For those of you who loved Michelle's cardigan yesterday, get a load of what she is wearing today! It's the first slide of the slide show on the front page:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/


The criticism is unwarranted. She's not a fashionista but she does have style.


suzq -

why-o-why did you include that link to Ms O's "look today?" I will be having cardigan nightmares now! She took a perfectly good dress and made it look awful.

There is no quetion that she is a striking woman, and she is really close on getting it right... just lose the sweaters. What did she use to wear in the "real world"? Her cover on Ebony last fall was outstanding. Gorgeous suit with pretty shirt. Would have been perfect for the current trip.

She needs a cardigan intervention!
TLo, you are just the ones to do it.


I think she put the cardi over the dress because she felt it would be inappropriate to meet the Queen with bare arms, and I agree. Same issue w/the stockings. She later wore the dress (? like others, I thought it was a top and skirt) sans cardi to a formal dinner. The poor woman can only be expected to change so many times in one day.

I LOVE, and want, that coat. For those who don't get it, yes, on the surface it seems like a standard black knee-length coat, but the matte satin fabric and the interesting shape of the collar make it GORGEOUS.


Are we sure this is an "Azzedine Alaia black cardigan"? Looks very J. Crew to me....


While appropriately conservative--and achieving the amazing accomplishment of making the Queen look better-dressed--the cardigan over the dress made the look too casual and, to my taste, very Talbot's-dressed-mom-at-daughters-dance-recital. Shoes were perfect, and I did like the opera coat. I bet Mrs O would have liked to rip the enormous diamond flower brooch off of HMQ's salmon frock.


She was trying to make the Queen feel comfortable and fit in with the Queen's preferred style?


Omigod, have y'all seen what Michelle wore today to give a speech at a girls' school? A pretty blue dress with a FUG ASS ARGYLE CARDIGAN WITH SEQUIN TRIM. I love Michelle, and though I do sometimes question her fashion choices, I never thought I would say this about her: this is just plain FUG. Oh dear.


Would this look have been better if the cardigan was a different color than black? Gorgeous without it, the coat is amazing but black and white is a bit severe on Shelley in my opinion...I love her use of color. Thoughts?


too many cats

Somebody has to find something good to say about the day 2 cardigan.
Did she really button it, one button off?


Folks, there is an international financial crisis afoot! Would be unseemly to come out in wild colors and cuts. I thought she looked classy and sppropriate for the occasion.


The BBC had a cute little video of the visit. What gave me a kick was that it starts with them arriving (that fabulous coat!) and then next scene has them entering the parlor (whatever it's called) where HM and husband are waiting.

What they don't show is the miles and miles of intimidating corridors & wide staircases they've probably had to walk to get there.

Michelle & Barack look a little over-awed, but they soon get in the groove.

PS - The queen put her arm around Michelle first! I think the wee one liked our goddess.


Who cares what she wore? She touched the Queen. That faux pas upstages any possible outfit.

The Queen was asking for it since she touch Mrs. O first. No faux pas.


"Mrs. O wears a Jason Wu dress and an asymmetrical Junya Watanabe cardigan."

I would have loved to see that Jason Wu dress without the cardi. It looks lovely.


Jumpin' the gun a bit, TLo, but I'm so in the tank for Michelle I can't stop myself....

Anyhooo -- Here's link to video of Michelle today at a girls school. It's very touching & OMG made me cry!

She's also wearing a new cardie people may wanna talk about.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7980012.stm


I think she looks great : )


She does love her cardigans, doesn't she?


Thanks for the 'Crowns Up', Gorgeous Things...pip pip, old girl. Hail Brittania!
Just between us, I bet right after the photo was taken and the Obamas left the room, HM slunk off to the corner and looked deeply into her handbag, quietly muttering '..my precious..' (Sorry for the LOTR reference but I couldn't stop thinking about the Hobbits and Gollum when I looked at the two Royals).


Forgot to say that Michelle often wears Carolee faux (glass) pearls, and one and two strands like those she is photographed wearing have been FLYING out of my shop. None of the Carolee pieces left. Vintage pearl jewelry didn't sell well for quite a while but since the Inauguration it's tough to keep up with the demand. Michelle + Mad Men = $$ regarding this trend.


Anonymous 1:52 said:
Omigod, have y'all seen what Michelle wore today to give a speech at a girls' school? A pretty blue dress with a FUG ASS ARGYLE CARDIGAN WITH SEQUIN TRIM. I love Michelle, and though I do sometimes question her fashion choices, I never thought I would say this about her: this is just plain FUG. Oh dear.

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Guess I'm a cardigan nut, but I loved it. Very different, not the usual run o' the mill.


too many cats

The back of the half argyle is worse than the front, and the thing was very very expensive. At least she didn't buy American.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1166336/First-Ladys-fashion-sense-falters-Michelle-Obama-Sarah-Brown-meet-day-G20-summit.html


I think she should've worn a power suit to visit the Queen. She would've looked modern AND appropriate.

Of course, it's not like Her Majesty really cared. Did you hear about them hugging each other. Hee hee... Queen Elizabeth really likes Michelle Obama.


too many cats said...

Somebody has to find something good to say about the day 2 cardigan.
Did she really button it, one button off?


Sadly, I CAN'T find anything good to say about it. Your question about it being one button off was a good one. It's hard to tell from the grainy pics that are coming out, but I don't think it is buttoned one-off... just fits badly/weirdly over this dress. Elsewhere it was described as 'asymmetrical.' I don't know if that refers to the use of argyle(!), or to the shape of this frightening thing.


I was thinking it was rather inappropriate for meeting the Queen, but then I saw this one: http://www.newsday.com/ny-michelleobama-pg,0,5668036.photogallery

Yikes!

While she often looks nice, someone needs to let her know that cardigans are not formal wear!


Cardigans are traditional wear in Britain by people who are "U"


Per a commenter on mrs-o.org, here's the cardigan:

http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/clothing/item10013720.aspx

Definitely asymmetrical. It would have looked better if it were pulled down so that it were obviously asymmetrical. As it is in the pictures it looks like it could be a mistake.

As for the "good thing to say," I think it's kind of an interesting way to send-up the public's obsession with her cardigans: what better way than to make it look like she buttoned it poorly?


The First Lady should invest in some tailored jackets to replace the frumpy cardigans.


i'm not dorothy gale

I must say that, fashion aside, I have never seen that tiny wee little Queen smile so much in the presence of one of our leaders.

I liked Shelly O's looks!


Re: the asymetrical argyle cardigan (and the Cardigan Question in general):

Personally, I love cardigans. They're one of my wardrobe staples. I find that cardigans are both warmer and more comfortable than a jacket. Think: knit fabric against bare arms instead of cold, slippery jacket lining. Also consider one's ability to move freely in stretchy knit instead in of confining, binding, structured, tailored woven fabric (no matter how well-fitting). And last but not least, the versatility of a cardigan to go on or off, or to be worn buttoned or unbuttoned, depending on the formality of the occasion and the temperature of the environment.

Of course, the challenge lies in trying to balancing the comfort (and hence possible informality) of a cardigan with the goal of looking polished and put together.

I think the problem with most of the wondrous Mrs. O's cardigans is that they are simply both too tight fitting and too long, and subsequently don't look good on her when worn buttoned.

My personal preference is a boxier, shorter-waisted cardigan that fits comfortably enough around the bust that it doesn't pull. I'm short-waisted, as Mrs. O appears to be as well, and I look for well-made cardigans that just skim my hip bones. When the fit is appropriately roomy, the cardigan looks polished and professional both buttoned and unbuttoned, while simultaneously giving one both ease of movement and comfy protection from chilly interiors.

All that said, I agree the odd half-argyle number is altogether too tight, too long, hideously backed, of too thin a fabric, and looks awful all around, but especially so when worn buttoned.

If only Mrs. O would let me shop for her! I'd find her some spiffy cardigans that would bring Mr. Rogers himself back in style!


Tasteful, elegant, perfect.

GO SHELLEY!

I think she's fab.


Oscar de la Renta is trash-talking Shelley O for what she wore!!!!

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/03/oscar-de-la-renta-has-tough-words-for-michelle-obama/


I think the skirt/white shell/pearls combination looks fabulous without the cardigan. She's got such lovely shoulders and the cardigan just makes it too boxy.





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