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First Lady Michelle Obama on a visit to Westminster Abbey in London


You will note that we do not have our normal accompanying photo with a model wearing the same getup on the runway. That's because a piece as...um, unforgettable as this is clearly an original. We suspect one of two things: either the Obama girls completed an arts and craft project and she perhaps took the "proud mom" thing a bit too far by wearing it, or she recently had some sort of scrapbooking accident. One thing's for sure: that thing's got "glue gun" written all over it.

Look, we love having a First Lady who takes chances with her clothes. It's a trait we admire, due in no small part to its rarity among First Ladies. Of course, there's a flipside to that and disasters like this one neatly illustrate it. It's not called "taking a chance" because it's low-risk, after all.

Still, we have to wonder about the genesis of her style. It's so wildly inconsistent that we wonder if she's listening to her style team only half the time. Maybe it's a budget thing. Maybe this is just her way of saving the taxpayers some money. If that's the case, may we just say on behalf of style-conscious America, Honey, things might be tough all over, but you don't have to start making your clothes out of some old rick-rack you found in a drawer.

[Photos: dailymail.co.uk/mrs-o.org]

120 comments:

Is she wearing two cardigans???!!


Definately looks like an arts and crafts prokect by a kid in elementary school


I love Shelly O but someone needs to inform her she has no business wearing a belt at her waist. As for the blouse, I would never wear it to Westminster Abbey but it looks like something any soccer mom would pick up at TJ Maxx to wear to a school field day or to a mother-daughter Girl Scout retreat.

The Obama Princesses have just as much right to roll there eyes and be embarassed by what their mother is wearing as I did when I was their ages. It is a natural part of being a mom and being a daughter. It makes Givenchy belt wearing Shelly O seem like one of us after all.


F**k it! Ms. Michelle, for having the audacity to wear something that (hopefully) cost a reasonable amount of money, for the courage inherent in choosing not to be a Kennedy or a Bruni, and for (I would gather most of the time) doing whatever the fuck you want with your personal appearance---I say IN. (Even though it's hideous.)

La Glitterati


She looks like she was styled as part of a 5-minute Harpers Bazaar mini-challenge.


I love her but this outfit has got to go.

The woman is amazing. I hate to see her walking around with the remnants table stuck to her shirt.


One thing I can say is that Shelley O sure keeps her fashion choices interesting! While I absolutely cannot for the life of me figure this look out, at least it isn't a Laura/Hillary pantsuit!!


wtf am I looking at??


There is no way one can defend this garment.

And this is the "Wanda Sykes" poster who worships the first Lady and her figure.

I've defended her not wearing stockings and wearing other things...
but NO first Lady should be caught DEAD wearing this.

Only a drunk , super skinny white rocker doing this as a joke could get away with this.

AND she had her hair back?

She must be playing with us...


She IS wearing two cardigans, although I scarcely noticed with all the trim going on down south.

Not only no, HELL no.

Oh, Shelley...


After having a second look, I hit upon the idea that it would make a "cute as a button jumper" (USA jumper) for her younger daughter if worn with a long sleeve orange t-shirt. I almost bet the cardigan would also look good on her younger daughter as oversized hoodies and sweaters are all the rage with the young set nowadays.

Recycling clothing from mother to daughter is a great idea in these recessionary times.

TampaBay


Maybe Sasha & Malia made it & she didn't want to hurt their feelings.
Wow, it's really bad. There's nothing about this ensemble that's salvageable.
Hope this isn't a trend in any sense of the word.


shinything on 6/13/09 at 3:17 PM said...She looks like she was styled as part of a 5-minute Harpers Bazaar mini-challenge.

I agree but the contestants forgot to add the BFUHP!

TampaBay


She lost a bet, right?

On the other hand, the bald headed guy is kinda dishy!

BrianB


I don't know what got into her that day. Jet lag?

According to the Mrs.O site, the belt is Sonia Rykiel and the layered cardigan may be Hanii Y. Apparently, they couldn't get anyone to admit to the skirt.

The woman needs to STOP WITH THE BELTS already! And I say that as one who generally admires her.


Oh. Dear. God. It looks like one hot glue-gun mess. I think the most horrifying thing about it was that she wore it to Westminster Abbey. For a family outing or casual affair? Sure. But to wear it to (to quote the Westminster Abbey website) "A living church, a royal peculiar, home to the unique pageant of british history"??? Oh dear God no.


I love Michelle but that is possibly the most hideous thing I have seen in a long time. Did the new puppy pick it out?


No No No No No...


Even though the shirt is absolutely awful, she is wearing skinny pants and is not a size 2. Which makes me happy, I don't think women should be afraid of skinny pants especially when the first lady is rocking them!


Gorgeous Things on 6/13/09 at 3:45 PM said.........Oh. Dear. God. It looks like one hot glue-gun mess.

Maybe the skirt/Jumper (????) is by The House of Deréon.

TampaBay


looks like mommy-o went crazy with the glue gun


love love your blog. Can't wait for the Fashion Show to end and Project Runway to begin.

I just can't believe this outfit on our First Lady, but as one commenter mentioned, at least it's more interesting than a pantsuit.
Actually I can't believe anyone anywhere would ever wear such an outfit.
And the hair.


The Examiner Online (Portland) said:
"...some see Mrs. Obama as embracing the eclectic style of designer Christopher Kane..."

Maybe so, but when I checked out some of Kane's stuff in a Google image search, I found that his designs look professional while Shelly O's "tunic" looks oh so I-did-it-myself-with-my-glue-gun.

Does anyone know the history of that tunic?

And please, Mrs. O, STOP WEARING BELTS! Tom and Lorenzo, can't you send some gays to help her????


If someone gives this woman a Bedazzler she will have to be committed for her own protection.


Oy! Terrible! Look how short her legs look!! (If you can pull your eyes off of that train wreck that is happening on the top!)

LAK


I just about had a heart attack when I saw pictures of this. It could be taken as an insult to the host country.

The only excuse for wearing this would be if Sasha and Malia made it for her.

Dear God.


" shinything said...
She looks like she was styled as part of a 5-minute Harpers Bazaar mini-challenge."


LOL. Designers, you have one minute to pile as many clothes as possible on the First Lady.


"BrianB said...
She lost a bet, right?"



ROFL. Probably.


I refuse to squelch any fashion daring-do on the First Lady's part, so I give her a big old IN. Do we really want to scare her into toeing the line and come out looking like all the fuddy duddy First Ladies that came between her and Jackie? I don't think so. I say it's our American fashionista duty to stand by Michelle and the occasional glue-gun mishap if we want her to keep taking chances and representing for all kinds of American designers -- and not just the ones who cater to the Ladies Who Lunch crowd!


This is not a budget issue...come on! $100 a pound kobe beef and a $24,000 date night?

She has consistently lacked any taste in very casual wear.

And I'm not getting the reference to Jackie-O at.all.

Love you guys, but I think your politics has clouded your judgement.

She is not Jackie 2.0


Maybe she's advertising a JoAnn's fabrics sale.


Or better yet, Beyonce's mother visited with the trims.


Two Words:

Wickety Wack!


Could someone please explain to her that she is the First Lady and with that title come certain responsibilities? She doesn't have to be a trendsetter if she doesn't want to, but she does HAVE to dress decently and appropriate to every occasion. This is hideous! It is an assault to the eye of ALL beholders. Good grief!


I love her, you KNOW how I do. And I'm SO torn, because this was a casual surprise visit and I thank God every day of my life that I don't have people following me around on a casual day with my kids... but holy GOD!

And do those jeans have creases?!

I think she was in a bad mood in London. Maybe her mother was driving her crazy - I saw quite a few pictures of her and she didn't look happy in any of them. Maybe she was getting her period. Maybe she's pregnant.

No denying this is a big OUT, and I've been waiting for you guys to get to it, but anybody can have an off day.


I was shocked when I first saw this photo. WTF was she thinking??? And if an adult made that, they need to be outed so no one else makes that horrible mistake.


Whoever let her out like that should be hunted down and sentenced to wearing that top/dress for their own wedding.


That is some wiggity whack trim...


It looks like an artsy fartsy apron. I feel that Mrs. O is starting to believe some of her press clippings and is taking it to the next level. With some people fawning all over whatever she wears it could turn into the 'Emperor Is Wearing No Clothes'.

There IS a difference of being fashionable and cutting edge vs wearing whatever the hell you want. She doesn't have to resort to boring pantsuits but there must be a modicum of appropriateness. She is the First Lady and represents the US when ever she is seen in public. It doesn't matter if it's an official outing or vacationing. This is, without a doubt, a big fat NO.


Wow! That's a whole lot of fugly.


So you cardigan isn't enough anymore? She has to have two?


Holy mother of dog, heeeeelllllll noooooo.

If Sasha &/or Malia made it: Then fine. It's acceptable. Good mommy. We all understand.


2 Cardigans? A skirt AND pants?

Did she jump in a phone booth and whip off the skirt and one Cardi just in time for another event?

The skirt? She is a NO. Maybe for Bjork. Or a twee and wee slip of a nineteen year old. But on a mature, elegant, professional mother of two? No. Just.....NO.


Surprisingly enough, I can forgive the layered cardigans. I can even forgive some of the "wickety wack" trim, because it's different and casual.

The two things I can't forgive are the belt and the pants. Firstly, I don't care who you are, but pairing a belt with all that trim is just a terrible idea, because it looks awful. No matter if you love or hate wearing belts, and I for one tend to think that belts, even that high up, can look good with some outfits, that is just way too much for one look. And then there's the pants. Anonymous @ 3:53pm said that it was admirable of Shelly-O to wear skinny pants when she is not a size 2. I disagree, and this is coming from a proud size 12. Michelle Obama has a great body that is most definitely not a size 2, but sometimes she needs to embrace it more, not fight against it. As fabulous as it is to show that she clearly doesn't care what people think (as this outfit definitely proves), there are some styles that are just not flattering to certain body types. And skinny pants are not flattering to her body type.

All in all, definitely OUT for too much at once and just being completely wrong for her body.


TOO.MUCH
~I could have taken the double sweater as a way to dress up a plain, white tee.
~I could have lived with one trim/rick/rack on the tee
~The combo of wacky rick/rack, a belt & double sweaters just created fug overload.


Shinything said: "She looks like she was styled as part of a 5-minute Harpers Bazaar mini-challenge."

LOL! It is so true. "Now designers, we want you to take these craft corner left overs and create something fabulously hideous."


To me there are two things that make this a mis-step:

1. The pants she's wearing underneath. They look like they belong with a power suit, not with the whimsical skirt.

2. The tunic/skirt/whatever it is is for a much younger person.

I would have worn that tunic/skirt when I was in my 20's & buying clothes at Patricia Fields. But in your 20's you can look ridiculous without looking ridiculous. Not in your 40's. I would bet, not that the girls made that skirt, but that they saw it & suggested it for their mom.

--GothamTomato

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Su said: "wtf am i looking at?"

Word.


No No No No NOOOOO NO! NO!!!!!!!!!!


Oh no! I can't believe this. When I saw the photo from the waist down, I thought it was some clever person satirizing her belt fetish and even smiled for a second! Two cardigans are bad enough, but after that skirt-thingy how can anyone ever take her seriously again?


I like her better in dresses.
~~~~~~~~~~~

But the two cardigans, it think is kinda cute.


This is bad but have you all seen her with her girls at the Eiffel Tower? Google it


i'm not dorothy gale

Oh HONEY, no. All the Coats & Clark trims around the widest part of your body is not good.

Nor would it be good on a runway model. Still I gotta admire the First Lady to wear such a wacky outfit after so many INs.


it looks like a Jerrell original to me...


I'm such an admirer of Michelle Obama, I just hate to see her wearing something that makes her look foolish. First those giant clown bows, now this. Not good.

I like that she wears cardigans, but they ALWAYS look one size too small to me. She seems to intentionally wear them so they pull apart at the bottom across her hips. I don't get it.


Oh dear God, is she wearing an apron? You can't even pull that off as "ironic."


Ahhhhhhh...NO! Shelley O!
Frankly I am speechless!


I'm beginning to suspect she reads this blog and IS playing with us, as Anon 3:24 said. :)


omg, can you please leave the bitch alone?


Just love her. Like I said in another post, she takes risks. When she fails, it's spectacular, as in this instance. Too too too too much going on.


I love her, but you said it best:

"either the Obama girls completed an arts and craft project and she perhaps took the "proud mom" thing a bit too far by wearing it"

Wow.


I like the polka dot belt but was it really needed? Honestly, she may be to...mature for a polka dot outfit. Of course she should be to mature for the outfit. It looks like an outfit for a tweener.


I like the cardigan. (keeping mum about everything else..)


Michelle is just reminding us that it is not right to judge a public figure solely on his or her appearances. She's taking a few steps back so her peers can catch up. (Hell, with her slamming body, doubt any of them ever will.)

Always IN no matter what she does. She could wear garbage bags and american apparel assless leggings and she'd still be the sweetest First Lady on the planet.


There was something that I actually liked about the skirt in the closeup shot of just it. Maybe it is because the colors are great. However, the whole outfit is a disaster as we can all clearly agree.


Well, everybody has their bad days.

One of those just rolled out of the bed so I'm going to just put on whatever laying aroud.

And it was a realtively casual day for her and the kids. She wasn't meeting the Queen, or the Prime Minister.

Just let her be.


A. It makes her look like she gained about 15 pounds.
B. It is hideous.
C. She is wearing not one, but two cardigans.
And as if all of the above were not enough, it is BELTED! Good God, it is belted right under her boobs. What in the hell was she thinking?
I guess, on the bright side, she didn't belt it OVER the cardigans. *cough*


Really sounds like she's messing with you guys on purpose. ;)


I must say, she is wearing the belt JUUUUST a touch lower than usual.

But additionally, I must say it's getting old Shelly. COME ON!

Our first lady may or may not need a fashion intervention.


OMG.

Angela it's back.


Anyone who tries to tell me that the line about horizontal adding weight is a fraud needs to see this picture.


Belts are obviously and incontrovertably "The. Fashion. Statement" that Mrs. O wants all of recorded history to KNOW her for. Prediction: she will never stop wearing them and the comments will come forever. Mamie Eisenhower was a goddess of taste in forward fashion compared to this First Lady...1950's full skirts, cardigans, bobbie sox, mouseketeer ears, Frankie, and BELTS. So exquisitely experimental in 1950.


I have to ask... what was the occasion? and who made it? If she's supporting some, like, local designer... contest thing? Or doing something with children... or maybe one or two other reasons.

Huh? Oh, but if there's some special circumstance, i would at least understand the choice. So... any ideas?


BarbH
6/14/09 4:45 AM
"Mamie Eisenhower was a goddess of taste in forward fashion compared to this First Lady"


buzz, buzz, buzz. That's the sound of the bee in your bonnet. At least we now know what the problem is.

If the First Lady isn't dressed like a nun, then she's a trashy slut.

Get over it, Mother Superior. Women are allowed to show ears in this day and age.


I reiewed many photos of Shelly O on the internet and was a little stunned as we only see the very best and very worst on TLo.

I think the trouble is that Shelly O has a problem with casual clothes. She looks fabulous when dressing to the hilt but seems to miss the bar completely when dressing down to a "street" look. Many people have this problem or the vice-versa problem.
Have you seen the photo the first lady in the $900.00 tennis shoes; same problem as the get up shown here.

No doibt she will get the problem corrected.

TampaBay


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The only good excuse she could have for that top is "my kids made it." Or it was a kid's school project. You notice no label has stepped up to claim it!!!

Now, about that belt? I've told you before, and I will say it again...
Old.
Man.
Pants.

Shelly needs some new gay friends to tell her "that's a lotta look."


You know, I think it's horrible, too, but when I think of what *I* wear when I go sight-seeing.... Well, I'm glad I'm not the First Lady who can't wear just any old thing for a long day on her feet seeing old cathedrals.


It's not a total right-off. Seriously. With a little tweaking it could've been a a funky little fun summer number.

I think the weather was really crap & stormy in London right then and that might've thrown her off a bit.

Oh, well.


OH. MY. GOD.


Two words:

Jubilee Jumbles


What abou this outfit would make TLo and 98.9% of the bloggers disparate about the new First Lady's taste level? Just the other day I went to St. Patrick's Cathedral with a group taking pubished photos with me wearing 2 pairs of pants, a weight-lifter's belt, 3 skinny cardigans, a tunic inspired by Merlin of TFS, high heeled sneakers, a head fob like the one Madonna wore to the MET's recent gala (with no makeup and flat, pulled-back hair). And I was divine! Get over yourselves everybody. It's my world!


Fail.

On the First Lady at Westminster Abbey? Borderline offensive fail.

It's not her job to wow us with fashion, or even to look good - that's just a bonus. It's her job to represent the U.S. with dignity and to bring her energy and intelligence to bear where she and Mr. President feel it will benefit the country and their family. So I shouldn't be feeling so disappointed, but I am. Her good days are so very good.


PS - What is it with some people "offended" by what she's wearing here? (also said re previous outfits)

Jesus. How boring would it be should she decide to play it safe. And she can do boring -- have you seen some of the nice, but boring suits (probably her lawyer clothes) worn during Barack's early political career? Ugh.

Shine on, you crazy diamond.


desertwind
6/14/09 5:03 PM PS - What is it with some people "offended" by what she's wearing here? (also said re previous outfits)

Jesus. How boring would it be should she decide to play it safe.

^5! Sister! LOL!

The Old OLD, OLD hens need an excuse to cluck.


That is a lot of look. Arts and crafts project, indeed.


I don't get it, I really don't. I bet she does stuff like that on purpose.


Wow! Not really feeling this one...


I am so disappointed with the outfit. Did she get dressed in the dark?


This is just an awful outfit. This is probably the worst that I've seen her look.


It looks too casual, perhaps a different pair of pants.


I like all the pieces by themselves, together they look like a closet exploded on her.


I'm surprised she didn't wear two belts.


I really cannot imagine any of the accomplished women I know even thinking of wearing this outfit.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


"....please leave the bitch alone!"


Yes. Because calling the First Lady "bitch" is far preferable to questioning her fashion choices on a fashion blog.


Michelle is doing a dead-on impression of Jimi Hendrix circa '66 (may his soul rest in peace).


The outfit is hideous!


"TampaBay said...
I love Shelly O but someone needs to inform her she has no business wearing a belt at her waist. As for the blouse, I would never wear it to Westminster Abbey but it looks like something any soccer mom would pick up at TJ Maxx to wear to a school field day or to a mother-daughter Girl Scout retreat."


Exactly. As an American, I'm embarrassed.


That is a crayon box explosion.


At first I thought it was a joke.

This is a bigger faux pas than putting her arm around queen. What's with her and England?

~Sewjourner


It looks like a 50s housewife's "fancy apron." Yikes.


Good Lord. Even the Secret Service looks a bit embarrassed.


Okay, I actually like a lot of the pieces she is wearing, though not all together as she wears them. They don't necessarily suit of flatter her, but in the grand scheme of things, I salute her for either taking a chance or just not caring. Too many powerful or political women think they need to look like like cookie cutter versions of boring, dull corporate fashion. Mrs. O is breaking the mould and i say CHEERS!


"This is not a budget issue...come on! $100 a pound kobe beef and a $24,000 date night?

She has consistently lacked any taste in very casual wear.

And I'm not getting the reference to Jackie-O at.all.

Love you guys, but I think your politics has clouded your judgement.

She is not Jackie 2.0"

Did you even read the post before commenting?


This is quite likely one of, if not the most, ridiculous appearances by a first lady in public.

And I knew that their would be some moronic posting here that it either is not that bad - or because it is SO, that it doesn't matter. Hypocrisy rules?

TampaBay - please don't disparage TJ Maxx, it is not fair to TJ Maxx.


Hair, make-up, shoes are also "lovely" (gag, choke)


My eyes! Myyyy Eyyyyyyyeeees!!!


ASK on 6/15/09 at 12:13 PM aid..... TampaBay - please don't disparage TJ Maxx, it is not fair to TJ Maxx.

Ask, You are corrct to call me out on this one and I am so sorry. I will immediately write a formal letter of apology to TJ Maxx for even remotely suggesting they would have something as tacky as this shirt/skirt/jumper in their store.

TampaBay


Oh, dear. It looks as if she packed up her little gardening project and stapled all the budding produce onto an apron.

Dear Michelle, please don't do this again.

Love, Diane


"It's her job to represent the U.S. with dignity"

Actually it is not her job at all.
She does not get paid, she was on vacation with her kids, not on an "official" visit so she can dress however she wants.
I really, really, really think she is a gal who loves playing with clothes and color and texture. None of us look perfect everyday and I really have to admit I love that she goes casual whenever she can.
I hope she spends the next 4 (or 8) years breaking all of the "rules" we have about what a First Lady should and should not do or wear.

And no I don't like the outfit, I hate her belts, but I'll defend her right to do and wear whatever she wants.


I LOVE the expression on the secret service agent (or whomever) behind her. He's like, "Uh oh, here we go."


So....she found the last hit of Owsley acid on the planet, took it, and then she went to a local trim store for the duration...its the only explanation for this mess; all of it.


Julie The Vintage Goddess
6/16/09 12:13 AM "It's her job to represent the U.S. with dignity"
Actually it is not her job at all.
She does not get paid, she was on vacation with her kids, not on an "official" visit so she can dress however she wants.

Agreed.

What fuckin' drama queens!

She just wore an ugly shirt, not flash the Pope!


What The Flower??!!

Between the pull backed hair and the pants and all the trim around the middle she looks like an Easter egg on legs. This really reminds me of grade school and Easter. Remember when they showed you pictures of Faberge eggs and then let you glue stuff onto eggs and take them home to mom?


I feel like it needs Psycho music as we slowly zoom in on the fashion offense.


oh my she looks a mess!


"Shine on, you crazy diamond."


oh no. please don't do that. syd barrett actually looked good in anything he wore back in the day when he was a rock star/fashion plate. mostly because he was young enough to pull off the ridiculous in that silly mod stuff.

shelley ohbama doesn't look anywhere near diamondy in this beastly get-up. she is not 21 years old. she was in westminster abbey, not cruising for clothes on the king's road. jesus. it ages her. and not in a flattering way. she looks like she's wearing one of syd's deconstructed psychedelic duvet covers.

or perhaps some hack designer absconded with one of their grandmother's circa 1968 tacky costume brooches for inspiration because it "spoke" to her, and then made this monstrosity.

a fashion risk taker? in this pile of whatthehellisthat? i don't know. maybe one might see this woman on any given weekend at penn's landing or an old school 9th street super sunday.

it's a hell no. she looks beyond ridiculous.


Even with that design it is belted...





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