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First Lady Michelle Obama joined her husband on the trip to Italy while he attends the G8 summit in L'Aquila wearing a Jason Wu dress and a vintage brooch.








This is why we're always going on about her poor belt placement. While they may be her signature and she's shown some pretty fabulous taste in them, she simply looks so much better without them. Some readers have taken us to task for not taking into consideration how high-waisted she is, but that's kind of the point. It's because she's so high-waisted that she should just skip them. She's built for sleek tailored looks and sheath dresses. She looks fantastic and we love the color on her.

To get a little nitpicky, we can't help but notice that the seams on this dress are puckering quite a bit and the dress is more than a little wrinkled, though. We applaud the use of the vintage jewelry but the smartasses in us can't help but think that it looks like it should be on a table full of dip and surrounded by crudites, but that's just us.

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I don't understand that brooch; is it glazed terracotta?


She looks good, period.

I am still quite sure that regular etiquette demands covered shoulders.


I think she looks great and I don't even like yellow.


another laura

Shelly O looks fab in a sheath. And fab in yellow, and why not wear a cabbage on your dress? I mean, really, people!

TLo, you are correct - she shouldn't wear belts because of her extraordinary high waist. I don't understand why you should be taken to task for pointing out what should be an obvious dressing rule for her.


"Oli said...
I am still quite sure that regular etiquette demands covered shoulders."

In the 18th century women were required to wear bonnets. It's 2009, folks.


I disagree that she shouldn't wear belts. I think she should wear much skinnier belts, and she needs to stop belting her cardigans and coats open.


I have heard that women of a certain age DON'T wear sleeveless clothes in France. Shouldn't the high priced dresser of her's have researched this?
But she does look good in the dress
But she is representing the USA and should dress appropriate.


She looks great. I love the brooch, it works with the completely plain dress.

And, in the ongoing chatter about whether or not her attire is entirely appropriate for this or that occasion - I am SURE there are people who handle protocol, both on the White House side and their hosts' side. While there are going to be occasional miscommunications, or last minute snafus, I sincerely doubt that these people are not doing their jobs or that as savvy a politician's partner as Ms. Obama is willfully ignoring them.


I am joining the no belt camp. With my figure I simply can't wear belts. I've tried and it always looks better when I take them off. She just looks so much better without them. She looks beautiful in that dress. Here is something she can wear that most people can't-yellow.


Maybe I should know this but who is the brunette standing next to her also wearing a sleeveless sheath dress?


She's in Italy. Women wear sleeveless dresses in Italy. Trust me.

On the other hand, they also tend to iron their clothes before wearing them.


"...women of a certain age..."

You make it sound as if Michelle Obama is a hag.


She looked great, here.

And I can appreciate the brooch since its vintage.

So, what about the black and white Wu at the Moscow hospital?


Who's responsible for the shoes?


Oh, that perfect pure lemon yellow looks divine on her. The particular shade of yellow next to her face just makes her face glow. You can tell she's really happy wearing it, too.

Thirty six thumbs up!

Boy, I would SO love to see her wear this perfect sunny lemon yellow more.

Adore the pin! That shade of green is a perfect compliment, and I like the size - it goes beautifully with the sheath. Anything much smaller would just be lost on it. Kudos to the person charged with accessorizing this dress.

More sheaths in this particular cut! She should order 10 of them in all her happy colors - both prints and solids. Kinda like Jackie O and her favorite capris. This exact shape, cut, and seaming is an absolute winner on Michelle.


I love the Obamas but I've never thought of Shelly as a fashion icon. She dresses like most middle class professional women and that isn't always the right look for a First Lady. However, I will defend to my death her right to go sleeveless in any country and at any age, especially when she has such great upper arms. So the French can bite me. Let Freedom Fries ring! :)


She has fantastic arms so she should show them off! I love this look, I also love the flower detail - very interesting.

I like many of Mrs. O's belted looks but I don't care for the thicker belts way up high.


I'm pretty sure the French don't care what Americans wear in Italy.

She looks fab. the dress isn't exciting and it's a wrinkled mess, but the cut looks good, the color is fantastic, and I love the pin.


Love the dress (but it is a little rumpled looking), love the color, the brooch, and the shoes, but they must've been uncomfortable because she changed into her black kitten heels later.

Also on this trip she also wore a red dress which I'm dying to see here -- the color was AMAZING on her -- and a pretty white sun dress.


sometimes it is true that shoulders should be covered, pooh- pooh it all you want. Granted, it isn't 1800 any more, but a bikini would also be out of place at most events... so really, there are some general guidelines of decorum out there.

that said, it is hotter than snot in Italy right now. notice that the other ladies had bare or almost bare arms. No complaints. Looks like she was dressed perfectly for the event.


I think she looks great, and I love the fact that she incorporated a vintage piece into her very modern look. Of course, that's pretty much my style, too, so I may be a bit biased.


anyone else notice the women standing behind Michelle in the black SLEEVELESS dress?
Also - covered shoulders are only really required in the Vatican - they actually won't let you in ! But thats not where she is, so I wouldn't be too concerned.


At first, I thought you guys were nitpicking too much with the whole belt thing, but as I see more and more photos of her without them, I see that you're absolutely right. Of course. How could I ever doubt?

Also, the woman was born to wear bright colors. The yellow is stunning on her.


I disagreed at first with the commenter who said she should have covered her shoulders, then I looked at the dress again. It's not just sleeveless, it's a pretty wide boat neck. If she were going into a church in Italy, she'd prob. be forced to buy a hideous scarf to cover up, First Lady or not (unless someone carries a cardigan for her!).

And btw, there's a gorgeous, chic woman in Italian government who has been photographed a few times near Shelley O. Can't remember her name (I think she's a cabinet minister), but she'll be famous soon enough.


too many cats

She looks good.

But that was a Simplicity pattern in the 60's, so Jason Wu shouldn't get credit for that dress.
(I know, because I made multiple copies in Kettlecloth, which didn't wrinkle from that pattern for my three month trip to Europe .)

Heck, that's really close to the fitting pattern that Vogue has been selling for many decades.
Or does putting Wu's name on it quadruple the price?


I can't get past how HEAVY that brooch looks - I feel like it would pull on the dress!

That color yellow looks really great on her though!


I love vintge jewellery so I applaud the brooch. The color looks great and I agree that sheath styles are flattering on her. But she needs to 1) Make sure someone irons or steams her clothes - this looks sloppy. 2)Invest in some Spanx - she's got a little tummy pouch showing. And no, I don't think she's pregnant - just getting that middle-aged spread that women in their
mid-40's start to get. She should spend more time working on her abs.


I loooove the yellow on her, but I think she should ditch the brooch and snag one of the gold helmets from the guards.


"I have heard that women of a certain age DON'T wear sleeveless clothes in France"

Then it's a good thing she's not in France.


Absolutely. She should leave the belts in 2008. I think part of the problem with the wrinkles is that the dress is cotton. It's a wee bit tight through the hips, which is causing the drag lines at the torso. I don't mind that so much as the puckery princess seams. The manufacturer should have done a better job. But again, those are nits.

I love her bracelet(s?). Do you know whose design those are?


Forget Shelley- what about those fabulous guards?!


She looks beautiful. Love her.


She should spend more time working on her abs.

Oh please. Give me a break.


The brooch is hideous and too big, although I like the color of it against the dress. She looks lovely in yellow and it is a flattering look on her if you can get past the wrinkles.


She looks lovely. P.S. I vote for not calling her "Shelley O" any longer. Her name's Michelle.


Anonymous
7/9/09 1:19 PM
mid-40's start to get. She should spend more time working on her abs.

Six-pack Usher, is that YOU???


" Anonymous said...

She looks lovely. P.S. I vote for not calling her "Shelley O" any longer. Her name's Michelle."


I vote for you stop reading this blog then.


She looks FAB!

SHELLEY O' looks fab in this dress. I don't like the brooch, too artsy, craft project.


"the smartasses in us can't help but think that it looks like it should be on a table full of dip and surrounded by crudites"

Haha! You're so right.

BroochGate: Being hyper-critical I'd say it should be pinned just a skooch to the left (a little farther off center).

WrinkleGate: Yes, the dress is too wrinkley to be a good travel dress, but she looks good in it.

BareArmGate: The women on either side of her have bare arms. They're not in a church. Sheesh.

BeltGate: TLo, you are 100% right. Adding a belt to a higher or less-well-defined waist doesn't create a narrower waist; it only draws attention to the "flaw."

Ban the Belt!


Brooklyn Bomber
7/9/09 2:07 PM

Ban the Belt!


I say we draw a petition. I'm still constructing the "Get Rid of Kelly" one for Andy Cohen.


Anonymous said...
I don't understand that brooch; is it glazed terracotta?



I think it is. It is refered to as "vintage" and I know back in the 60's there was kind of a trend for jewelry made out of terracotta, because my Aunt used to make it. It looks very sharp on her yellow sheath. Bella.


Anonymous said... " I've never thought of Shelly as a fashion icon. She dresses like most middle class professional women."

And that's why we can appreciate her. She'd not a trendsetter (Jackie). She doesn't dress like a society doyenne (Nancy). She's not someone who never gave a shit only to have pearls and taffeta thrust upon her (Barbara). She's not all-suits-all- the-time (Hillary). She doesn't look like one big frozen smile, head to toe (Laura).*

The point is she usually dresses well enough for her position, while being just trendy enough (if occasionally too trendy, like that double-cardigan fiasco) to keep it interesting.

* Sorry, I can't think of what to say about Rosalyn or Betty.


The brooch might be bakelite - it's a a little hard to tell.


If you are inside the Vatican, you are requested to cover your shoulders.


"Anonymous said...

If you are inside the Vatican, you are requested to cover your shoulders."


I didn't know that. In that case, major faux pas.


I painted the kitchen in my old townhouse that same color yellow and loved it. Made it my favorite room in the house. And if I had that brooch, I would have hung it on the wall next to the phone.

Now how 'bout those fabulous ponytail helmets on the guards? And the VPL (visible panty line) of their boxer briefs in those white pants.


She looks amazing in bright colors.


"Bill said...

I painted the kitchen in my old townhouse that same color yellow and loved it. Made it my favorite room in the house. And if I had that brooch, I would have hung it on the wall next to the phone.

Now how 'bout those fabulous ponytail helmets on the guards? And the VPL (visible panty line) of their boxer briefs in those white pants."


LOL. You crack me up, Bill.


I have to thank you for saving me from the belted-waist faux pas; I was ready to give this trend a go, but your Shelly O series has shown me that it simply is not a flattering look for us high-waisted, pear shaped types. Ah, well - more money for me to spend on fitted sheath dresses!

Oh, and yes - she looks close to perfect here. She really does shine in bright colors.


Bill, you have been missed. Have you been lurking or posting under an assumed name, did you fall in love with another blogger's minions?

No-- don't explain! All the matters is you're back. We'd still like to see you in your reunion outfit, though.


The woman in the background in the sleeveless dress also has a shawl around her arms. Perhaps Michelle should have had something at the ready to throw over her shoulders?


I love the overall look. I think the color of the brooch is great, but the first thing that came to mind was Audrey...from Little Shop of Horrors.

SisterZip


The belts look ridiculous. This dress looks fab on her (and I don't even like her), but the pin needs to go. And also? She needs to stand up straight already. The slouching drives me insane.


LindaLA
7/9/09 2:27 PM "Anonymous said...

If you are inside the Vatican, you are requested to cover your shoulders."


I didn't know that. In that case, major faux pas.


Linda, it is true that if you have an audience with the Pope or visit the Vatican you are expected to dress conservatively.
However according to the text, the Obamas are in L'Aquila, the Vatican is located in Rome. No faux pas has been commited.


Yes in the pics you have she looks good but in these she looks like an Amazon - or just freakishly large ...

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090708/ids_photos_wl/r209215502.jpg/


IN reply to Anon's post and a frequent comment posted:

"She has fantastic arms so she should show them off!"

I have spectacular cleavage, but honey it is not appropriate to show it all everywhere, just because it is great.


As for the wrinkles, you all are aware that L'Aquila is recuperating from an earthquake, right? All of them were sleeping in barracks and I am not sure how available steam irons were, given that the people sleeping in those barracks just days before were relief workers.

She looks fabulous.


She looks great in yellow but I agree about the dress looking disheveled, the fabric looks like it holds wrinkles very well unfortunately. I actually like the brooch, much better accessory than a belt for her!


fashionablylate

Aside from the wrinkles, I think she looks fantastic! The cut of this dress is PERFECT for her, and the brooch is wonderful, the perfect touch. Seriously, I am close to gushing, and I have not been her biggest supporter thus far. I agree with the poster who said she should get one of these in all her fav colors - you can dress this up or down with all kinds of fabulous accessories. If she keeps this up I might have to become a fan...


Brooklyn Bomber
7/9/09 2:16 PM
* Sorry, I can't think of what to say about Rosalyn or Betty.

The best thing I ever thought about Rosalyn was an SNL skit where Jane Curtain played her, and she was asked what was her appeal.

She replied, "You can never imagine me going to the bathroom."


Ugh, does the woman not know how to stand up straight? She's got such horrible posture


the first lulu

Too many cats (love that moniker) beat me to it. The first thing that came to mind was this is a Simplicity pattern. Why pay Jason Wu so much? Hire a seamstress to create these simple dresses in travel friendly fabric and fit them better to her.

She is gorgeous in a color few people can wear successfully. Brooch a great color, but TLo nailed it. It's possible that her "poor posture" is due to naturally curved shoulders and she straightens them as much as possible, lots of us are cursed with them. Just don't ask J-P to dress us!


I love the color and style on Shelly O. She looks beautiful.
I read in an article that the dress is silk faille, and we all know what a wrecky mess faille can get!! I also read that the pin is a 1960's vintage papier mache purchased at Ikram.
I think the sleeveless look is perfectly appropriate. If I had arms like that, I would wear sleeveless clothes 24/7, all year long!!!


I think it's amusing that people are judging whether she is appropriatedly dressed for the occasion when they don't even know where she and the President are.

The brooch could be placed a little lower and/or farther to the left, as another poster mentioned.

I think she is awesomely appropriate for Italy in the summer!


"I have heard that women of a certain age DON'T wear sleeveless clothes in France."

If that is the case, then the French need to pull that stale baguette out of their asses. Of a certain age?? This isn't a wrinkly lil grandma here. 45 is not exactly old. Shelley O looks fabulous!!


If you are inside the Vatican, you are requested to cover your shoulders.

The Vatican is kindly requested to fuck off.


Love the color, love the dress, hate the brooch.


Wow, no cardigan or belt? I'm shocked.


i'm not dorothy gale

She is literally America's ray of sunshine in this dress. Tres chic!


anonymous is confused. Apparently, Anon has forgotten that M. O. is acting in the position representative to the US of A, and A should not mean ASSES. She IS representing as spouse of a head of state. It matters.

Anonymous said...
If you are inside the Vatican, you are requested to cover your shoulders.

The Vatican is kindly requested to fuck off.


Agree with junior_goddess

Anon 7/9/09 8:26 PM take your own advice


Dear Junior Goddess,

Some of us think that as representatives of the whole of the United States, the Obamas are under no obligation to acquiesce to the special demands of any religious organization, no matter which or where it may be. The Vatican is therefore in no position to make special demands on the Obama family. If they want to visit, it should presumably be on matters which are more important than whether or not one covers one's shoulders. Personally, I don't think that any head of state should deem the Pope any more important than any backwoods preacher, and so he's not worth a visit at all.


there's a gorgeous, chic woman in Italian government who has been photographed a few times near Shelley O. Can't remember her name (I think she's a cabinet minister), but she'll be famous soon enough.

If you mean Mara Carfagna, the official hostess (since Berlusconi's wife is divorcing him over his relationship with an 18-year-old, among others), she is already famous, and she's already a joke. Nothing like appointing a former topless model as your Equal Opportunities Minister. Except, perhaps, choosing beauty queens and showgirls with no political experience as your Party's candidates for the European Parliament.

It's disgusting, no matter how chic they are.


to everyone complaining about Mrs. O baring her shoulders.... she is outside and it's the middle of summer in Italy!!... I don't even want to think about how miserably hot out it must be!!! If she wore sleeves the blogs would probably rip her apart for having pit sweat :)


kali (note the small 'k')

Whatever you think of the status of the Pope or of French etiquette, THEY'RE NOT AT THE VATICAN, OR IN FRANCE, SO WHATEVER.

Agreed; someone is getting paid too much for that dress, which does look nice on her, wrinkles aside. She should just about never wear belts again. And stand up straight, but I assume she doesn't because then she'd be taller than Mr. President. :(


She looks fab. Fresh and positive. Lemon!

And she ain't in the Vatican so give it a rest you etiquette hounds and look at the women around her.


She looks wonderful in this yellow dress. It's a very sleek silhouette for all those who were weary of the big belt look.


She's IN. Fabulous dress! I just wish she could wear heels. Flats are so not hot.


Shelly--I've never heard that women in france "over a certain age" don't wear sleeveless dresses. I've known many French women in their 50s and 70s who wear sleeveless dresses in the summer. It's hot.

Etiquette for a church or synagogue would require covered shoulders, but being as she is in neither of those places, she is fine. I am also sure that before she would be allowed to enter any of those places, someone would hand her a wrap.


"...perhaps, choosing beauty queens and showgirls with no political experience as your Party's candidates for the European Parliament."

OR A POLITICAL NEOPHYTE AS PRESIDENT OF THE US??
with ZERO experience creating jobs or in business at a time when jobs and financial sense would make all the difference....


"It's disgusting, no matter how chic they are." Agreed


honesty.not.pc

That color is STUNNING on her. I even like the brooch (is it Bakelit?), it gives the entire look a sense of whimsy. That picture of her and Mr. President is just powerful. They are such a gorgeous and commanding couple when they are all dressed up :)


She looks fab and she should never wear a belt again, she doesnt need to wear one. I would like the broach also if it were placed more to the left.

Where does it say shes at the Vatican? All I saw said she was in Italy.

I for one would love to have one of those guards uniforms and one of the guards! ;)


Anonymous
7/10/09 12:41 AM "...perhaps, choosing beauty queens and showgirls with no political experience as your Party's candidates for the European Parliament."

OR A POLITICAL NEOPHYTE AS PRESIDENT OF THE US??
with ZERO experience creating jobs or in business at a time when jobs and financial sense would make all the difference....


"It's disgusting, no matter how chic they are." Agreed


Well if you're so offended, why are you here?

The Fox News Boards are calling. I say get to it.


Can the grouchy old grannies lay off the sleeveless thing already?

This isn't Salem 1619. Women don't have to dress like Goody Proctor anymore.


Its kind of impossible to tell but it looks to me like the dress is a cotton/linen blend which is perfect for Italy in the summer--unfortunately it also wrinkles the minute you move in it. :) Please keep that in mind--she was probably sitting in a car before she got to the occasion.

She needs to wear bright colors more often--that yellow is FABULOUS on her!! And I love the simple sheath dress instead of all the cardigans and short "business" skirts.

Sewing siren beat me to it too--I have that pattern as well and love it. Its a simple, easy dress to make and also easy to tailor. I think Jason Wu was raiding his mom's pattern stash. LOL

Don't like the broach, but then I don't like clunky jewelry (vintage or not). However, it does work with this dress if she had it pinned a little bit to the left instead of right on the neckline.


A wrinkled dress is never chic.


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By the way this is what Michelle Obama *did* wear to meet the Pope when she visited Vatican City 7-10-09.


http://www.agoodperson.com/photo/1391794/?k=j83s12y12h94s27k02


She looks fabulous, but I agree belt should be off limits! Great color on her.


Hey "Too Many Cats " How many cats do you HAVE exactly ? Just curious.

Oh and I love this dress an color on Shelly O.

Myra Flection


too many cats

We live on a farm.
We have two cats who are pensioners.
Make that three pensioners (one recently returned to us having kept a relative out of a nursing home for two years.)
One who who controls the north side of the house and the dog adopted it as a kitten and treated it like a puppy.
One south side of the house and hillside mouser.
One two year old still learning to hunt.
One who functions as gray noise/purring to put us to sleep.

All of whom shed and make cat hair a fashion accessory.


Because she's high-waisted, wearing a belt makes her "girls" look droopy. I agree 100% that she looks better without the belts. I love this outfit. That color is gorgeous. Could used a good steamer.


I think she looks fabulous, strange looking brooch notwithstanding....

I am sure she did not put on the dress wrinkled...but she has to sit around for hours, and when/how would she have the opportunity to iron before every picture opportunity? Get over it people! LOL


It's not so much the fact of a belt as it is the size of the belts she wears. Here's a picture of her in a thin belt, and while it's not as good on her as a simple sheath, it's a heck of a lot better than those wide ones.

(The dress is Sophie Theallet.)


That's a nice one Lilithcat, the thinner ribbon belt is very flattering. She wore a similar navy blue dress some months back at the unveiling of a statue of Sorjourner Truth, I think it was the same designer.


It was a bust of Sojourner Truth , TLo posted about it in April of this year. Under "Stripey Shelley O".


Love the dress on her (it is a little wrinkled and "puckery"), HATE the pin.


I really like the dress. not so much the brooch.


Sorry, but this woman has NO FASHION SENSE WHATSOEVER!!!!!
She needs a stylist big time.


Sewing Siren said...
By the way this is what Michelle Obama *did* wear to meet the Pope when she visited Vatican City 7-10-09.

http://www.agoodperson.com/photo/1391794/?k=j83s12y12h94s27k02


As an American Roman Catholic - i have to say "WTH?" (heck ;o) )

I mean this looks like a charicature from before 1964? Or something a Muslim or atheist would think was honoring Catholic women by taking an old fashion nuns' habit and a South American Catholic woman's veil and playing dress up. Seriously, it is kind of insulting!

She's much closer in the Yellow, had she thrown on one of her hundreds of cardigans.


Ann

OY!


Anonymous
7/13/09 7:33 PM Sewing Siren said...
By the way this is what Michelle Obama *did* wear to meet the Pope when she visited Vatican City 7-10-09.

http://www.agoodperson.com/photo/1391794/?k=j83s12y12h94s27k02


As an American Roman Catholic - i have to say "WTH?" (heck ;o) )

I mean this looks like a charicature from before 1964? Or something a Muslim or atheist would think was honoring Catholic women by taking an old fashion nuns' habit and a South American Catholic woman's veil and playing dress up. Seriously, it is kind of insulting!

She's much closer in the Yellow, had she thrown on one of her hundreds of cardigans.


Ann

OY!


What a surprise. She's damned if she does, or she dosen't.

Which is why Shelley dosen't take these old crows seriously. I wouldn't.


Hey - Anon - 7/14/09 9:27 AM

Nice kill the messenger. And you are wrong about who we are - but of course you sound like the Anon mysogunist calling women other slurs

- ann


Anonymous
7/14/09 12:11 PM Hey - Anon - 7/14/09 9:27 AM

Nice kill the messenger. And you are wrong about who we are - but of course you sound like the Anon mysogunist calling women other slurs

- ann


And you just sound limited. For someone who continues to come here to regulate the speech looking for a panty-ruffling, you don't have anything really constructive to say anyways.

Michelle Obama will do just fine with or without your constant damnation.

Now go tell your friends at SarahPalin.com how you told us all what 'fer.


Ann,
I am suprised that you as a Roman Catholic are offended by what our 1st lady wore for her private audience with the Pope. Are you also offended by what the other 1st ladies at the G-8 summit wore?
How about what former first ladies Mrs. Reagan or Mrs. Bush wore? Queen Elizabeth II, what does she know about etiquette any way?



http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/07/of_women_the_po.html

By the way what did you mean by something a South American would wear? There are a great many Roman Catholic's in South America , do you mean to say that they do not know how to dress correctly or what?


Sewin Siren
The first poster in that link was also Roman Catholic and agreed with me.

To answer - about South American women - NOOO *I* was not implying anything. I travel a great deal and occasionally I have attended a Spanish mass in a predominantly English church. There I still see women still wearing the lace head coverings. When I was a child the girls in my church still wore a little "doily" type head covering until Vatican II. But that is almost non-existent - except when I've attended a mass in Spanish at a few churches.

Don't presume that I was insulting them. But it does get insulting when the a woman who is not Catholic and does not seem to have respect for Catholics, dresses up in a cartoonish / charicature of a nun. Especially when that is so far removed from her normal attire.

As to the other women- and I din't realize it was MY job to justify them - the two in blue - and forgive me I don't know the correct term - sari-ish outfits look like they are just dressed in regular cultural clothes. As are most of the others and wow shoot me because I hadn't seen they pics.

Queen Elizabeth looks like she always looks. Laura Bush looks like she usually did and I'd seen her with a small scarf before, and Nancy Reagan - it was 26 years ago, and I don't recall this being such a stretch from her normal style. Throw in the Dems - and I recall pics of Jackie O with a scarf - note that this was pre-Vatican II - but not in a cartooning charicature.

And why is it your job to defend her by attacking the QUeen? She's old, never been known for her fashion, and dresses like many women of her age.

-ann


"But it does get insulting when the a woman who is not Catholic and does not seem to have respect for Catholics, "

Where, outside of your imagination, are you getting the idea that she does not have respect for Catholics?


Oh, Ann now you are being very silly. Of course when I stated "What does she know of etiquette?" in regards to the Queen of England, I was being sarcastic, because the (non Catholic) Queen is pictured with the Pope and she is wearing a black suit, black hat and lace mantilla. The Queen almost never wears black, except when etiquette dictates that she should. Nancy Reagan was first lady well past Vatican II and well known for her fashion sense is a wearing black long sleeved suit and a scarf, Laura Bush (rarely wore black) is pictured with the Pope wearing a black suit and head scarf, and all the 1st ladies at the G8 who met with the pope are wearing head scarves, the two that are not wearing black have on floor length garments.
Mrs Obama is wearing Moschino, a designer whom she has worn before. She is wearing exactly what is appropriate for the occasion.


Sewing Siren
7/15/09 4:08 PM Oh, Ann now you are being very silly. Of course when I stated "What does she know of etiquette?" in regards to the Queen of England, I was being sarcastic, because the (non Catholic) Queen is pictured with the Pope and she is wearing a black suit, black hat and lace mantilla. The Queen almost never wears black, except when etiquette dictates that she should. Nancy Reagan was first lady well past Vatican II and well known for her fashion sense is a wearing black long sleeved suit and a scarf, Laura Bush (rarely wore black) is pictured with the Pope wearing a black suit and head scarf, and all the 1st ladies at the G8 who met with the pope are wearing head scarves, the two that are not wearing black have on floor length garments.
Mrs Obama is wearing Moschino, a designer whom she has worn before. She is wearing exactly what is appropriate for the occasion.


Siren the problem that Ms. Coulter has is the fact that it's MICHELLE.

Put the outfit on Michelle Bachman and she represents REAL Americans.


Anon,
I have no reason to think that the poster Ann is the political comedianne Ann Coulter.
If poster Ann is interested,I have done a little more research regarding what first wives wear for this very specific occasion of meeting the pope for a private audience at the Vatican.

http://eastwingrules.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-ladies-meeting-pope.html


And as far as I can tell they all wear long sleeve black outfits with a veil, regardless if they are Roman Catholic.
If they meet with the pope in a public place or in the US they wear conservative dark clothing but no veil.





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