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The Shiniest Shelley O Yet (Updated)

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Darlings, put your sunglasses on. We've got two to tackle today.


US President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo.

Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Collection [Cardigan by Nina Ricci]
Model: Diana Karkhullina

Oh dear.


People have a tendency to get a little bent out of shape if we criticize her too much, but honeys, every single consistent criticism we've made of her since she entered the public eye is embodied in this one look.


When she nails it, she really nails it. But when she doesn't nail it, she always makes the same mistakes every time.



To wit: too matchy-match (in fact, everything is EXACTLY THE SAME COLOR); there's no consideration for her figure and what silhouettes work for her(in fact, this is boxy and shapeless with the coat on); SHE'S WEARING A CARDIGAN. WHILE HER HUSBAND ACCEPTS THE NOBEL. Honey, if there's ever a time to pull it together, now would be that time. The only thing she managed to miss this time was the boob belt. We give her credit (as always) for taking risks and for having an eye, but she still hasn't learned about fit and proportion, not to mention styling.


U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama arrive at the Grand Hotel in Oslo before attending the Nobel banquet in his honor.


Azzedine Alaïa Spring 2010 Collection


As simple and almost prom-like as this dress is, it really works for her; in the color, the proportions, and most of all, the simplicity, which she tends to wear well.


And we love the placement of the straps. Very flattering on her.

But for all our bitching and moaning about her many fashion missteps, we see her in something like this:



... and we can't help but bow down. She is the First Lady. And she's wearing THAT. That's just awesome.




[Photos: Getty Images]



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105 comments:

Hedda Lettuce just called and you can't imagine how pissed she is.


Who designed the second outfit?


Agreed on the last comment. It makes me proud to be an American. Sounds dumb or petty, i know, but it's true.


TLo's last comment, i mean.


The last two shots are STUNNING!

That's a big IN!


OMG - I want that coat!!!!!


Sorry, but that lady's fashion sense can be summed up in one word: FUGLY. She has no clue. None. She clearly dresses herself. The second outfit looks somewhat okay from the waist up, but the coat looks like a home ec class in pleating. FAIL.

It makes me embarassed to be an American, fashion-wise.


LORD HAVE MERCY!

What was she thinking, with that cardigan? Yes, the coat is a tad much under the flash photography lights. I don't find it boxy and shapeless, I find it "ah, yes, I don't have to worry about holding my damn belly in every damn minute."

It's the cardigan that's making me weep.

Oh, how I love her in the dove grey ensemble at the window. Holy crap, can she look gooooooood!!!

Which makes me weep even MORE about the cardigan.


Plus side: Not dowdy and boring, at least color wise. Modest and appropriate (pay attention Mrs. Biden!).

Negative side: so unflattering and well, retina burning.

Love the other looks, although I have a similar figure and slightly sweetheart waists look better on me than straight across at the hips. Yay for the celebration of broad shoulders!

The coat is GORGEOUS.

I appreciate you do this TLo. She is obviously making a statement with her fashion, at least on big public occasions. Why not discuss?


Dude, she's not fugly, she's fine. Not fantastic, but fine.

I second the question of the second outfit. Maybe St. John?


Both outfits make her look like she's gained 30 pounds. Maybe she has...

Didn't like either but loved the last coat.


she is so fabulous!
even when she flubs it, at least we have a first lady who is obviously loves fashion.
like tom and lorenzo said; that is awesome!
thanks, boys, for helping us keep up.
xoxo


I don't like either of the first two looks but she looks fierce in that coat at the end.


Even when I don't like what she's wearing I can see where she was trying to go.

But seriously. Another f'in cardigan?! Enough. Save the sweaters for visiting hospitals and kindergartens.

She glows in that silver dress. Brilliant choice.


I'm suspecting the second look is an Alaia.

Connor


Look at what the other people are wearing at the noble ceremony. No one there is all dolled up and if the first lady wore something more formal she would have looked very out of place.


Gained THIRTY pounds?!? I don't think so. Anyway, I too want to know who designed the silver gown and the coat.

That first look is a horror, though. Why, WHY?!?!


i'm not dorothy gale

The second-to-last photo is just beautiful. What a handsome couple.

I don't like the metallic dress on her. The severe updo screams for a couple of loose tendrils around her face. It's refreshing, though, to see a first lady wearing something other than fugly boxy suits.


I literally gasped in horror when I scrolled down to the first cardigan picture. Her best friends need to tell her, honey, it is NOT a good look. But that silver gown? Fabulous.


Ok I am expecting to get attacked like always - but NO, NO, NO!!


Agree with your reaction about the first one. (Although I so rock that color - it works with my skin tone and eye and hair color.) But it really is not her best color.

But the second one??? Are you kidding? I wasn't sure based on the thumbnail, but especially in the third picture (wear she looks like she's going to curtsy) - oh my! It looked awful and those last pictures... was that "coat"(?) her homage to the michellin man or the stay-puff marshmallow man? (At least her make up was very nice.)

I guess at least it wasn't that nasty looking cardigan.

IMO the good looks are now the aberration - not the the bad ones.

(And what was with her constantly picking at/grooming her husband?)


yeah that first thing is frightening, but the second one is gorgeous. Have you seen her in that black lanvin dress though?


I really like her hair in the second look. very pretty! and her makeup is also great.

I love her -- yes - she misses the mark on occasion - but I love watching what she's wearing!

:)


"Hedda Lettuce just called and you can't imagine how pissed she is."


Bravo! Bravo!


Color, cardigan, hose...what disturbs me about the first outfit is the length. That hemline, especially in a straight cut on that stiff fabric, looks good on nobody. The coat is OK-ish (although I get queasy in the presence of that much chartreuse) but two layers of that upholstery velvet is one too many. Better the cardigan paired with another piece in soft flowy wool jersey; one reason it looks so pathetic is that it's stuck to the knap of the heavy dress, like seaweed on a barnacle-covered rock.

The silver dress is quite nice, and the last piece is amazing- warm, feminine, and yet very much a strong look.


The first outfit makes her look huge and dowdy. The second one is much better.
This is going to get me crucified for sure, but everyone is trying to peg her as the next Jackie Kennedy, stylewise, but she's just not there. The ever present sweaters and the boob belts have got to go. When she looks good, it's fabulous, when she's not fabulous, it's pretty bad. Jackie Kennedy knocked it out of the park every time. Michelle Obama should also.
Where is her Oleg Cassini? She needs a stylist/designer/gay BFF to help her.


OMG - that first picture looks like she made a coat out of some very old & extremely ugly upholstery. Not a fashion statement of any kind. And if she's gonna do sweaters, perhaps someone could kindly point her in the direction of some attractive ones?

But that second look is a real winner - and the glow that she has carries it off so well. yes, so she's not fashion-perfect, but she does pull off some interesting looks.

srq


I LOVE Francisco Costa's Calvin Klein in general--the origami collection a few seasons ago was one of my favorites in a long time--but the season this dress is from just didn't do it for me, and Shelly's dress is not helping to change my opinion.

The second (Alaia?) dress is amazing, though, as is the coat. A bit insane, to be sure, but awesome all the more.


@suzq: Hedda Lettuce...hahahahaha. That is hilarious!!

Second dress is stunning. I don't get the cardigan thing. Horrible.


The first dress reminds me of the inaugural outfit gone wrong. The cardigan was bad enough but she had that flower thing that looked like it was trying to eat her and the hair was bad.

The second outfit was beautiful and she looks great in it.

Let me just add I LOVE to see her and the POTUS together. They just look so perfect together. I always smile when I see them together.


Oh dear is right.

Narcisco Rodriguez should have just said "no." And isn't there anyone in her inner circle who can say "no" to the cardigan? This whole ensemble reminds me of her inauguration day look. The dress, with the cardi, with the coat, with the bling at the neck. Only Isabel Toledo's color was interesting and this looks like my neighbor's sofa from the '60s.

The white dress is just okay. I'm guessing St. John too.

Love the pleated jacket. She should have worn that the whole time.

--Itsjustme


Oh dear is right.

Narcisco Rodriguez should have just said "no." And isn't there anyone in her inner circle who can say "no" to the cardigan? This whole ensemble reminds me of her inauguration day look. The dress, with the cardi, with the coat, with the bling at the neck. Only Isabel Toledo's color was interesting and this looks like my neighbor's sofa from the '60s.

The white dress is just okay. I'm guessing St. John too.

Love the pleated jacket. She should have worn that the whole time.

--Itsjustme


I think that the first look is refreshing in that, while the previous administration hunted and killed animals, Mrs. Obama, clearly, only kills and skins old couches. Just one more example of progress. Unfortunately, the overall look is way too matronly for someone as fabulous as she is. It makes me wonder if she is conscious of the fact that she could so easily upstage everyone in the room and so tries to make herself down.

The second look is lovely & she looks lovely in it.

--GothamTomato


(And what was with her constantly picking at/grooming her husband?)

I love that she does that. Personally I find it sexy. I think it's sweet to see those small affectionate moments. I assume it's just a ritual they do as a couple.


I can live with the long coat/dress combo, although the color is not to my taste. The cardigan, though, is totally out of place. A cardigan can work with a more formal ensemble, but it has to be dressy and go with the outfit. This is neither.

The second outfit and the coat are terrific. Any word on who designed them?


Whatever she wears, love it or hate it, she owns it and that is what makes a true fashionista. She doesn't give a damn what we think, she just wears the hell outta what she loves!


honesty.not.pc

That first look is my mother in laws' living room couch. A walking talking couch from the sixties.
UGH!!!!!!

I like the second one a lot though! Go Shelly Go!


LOVE the second look - both the dress and the GORGEOUS coat.

But the first look? OMG. Michelle Obama is not a big lady but in that coat she looks ginormous! And the color! The fabric in general! Ugh!


She always looks luminous and beautiful to me, but completely agree this time on TLo critique, soup to nuts. Is it me or has she gained a bit of weight while in the White House? Like 10 or 15 pounds? Maybe no time to go to the gym anymore?


With Mrs. Obama it is a crap shoot.
For every outfit like the first one (I get her cardigan love and it was not a "dressy" event) we get 2 of the second.

Take a look at what she wore for the Kennedy Center:
http://mrs-o.org/newdata/2009/12/6/pleated-perfection.html

Or the infamous State Dinner:
http://mrs-o.org/newdata/2009/11/24/mrs-o-sparkles-in-naeem-khan.html

Or the lovely draped Lanvin she wore later in the day in Copenhagen:
http://mrs-o.org/newdata/2009/12/10/beautifully-draped.html


I hate that shit-gold ensemble. I don't even know what to call that color, sorry, but to me it's like irradiated shit-gold. Horrible. The 2nd dress, NO. It's like a white tank top with a knit whatever attached to the bottom. It's just not good enough for her!
The 3rd outfit, where she is standing at a window -- well she looks beautiful. Even though the fabric reminds me of Jiffy Pop tin foil!

I love the gal in the red suit looking up at her. She's thinking "hey, I got dressed in 5 minutes and I look way better than you!"

Michelle, I love you, but these clothes are the pits!


Scarlet O'Hara wants her curtains back.

The first outfit is horrible. This occasion wasn't about you, honey. Wear a little bit more subtle color.

The second dress is much better except it cuts her in half at a wide part of her body. Had the whole bodice been shiny it would have been more slimming.


The Calvin Klein dress was unbelievably....shiny? Not a great look, but she must have loved it. I, too, wondered if she'd picked up a few holiday pounds. I also agree with TLo, the dove grey gown with double straps look pretty fabulous on her. Great color and the fluffy, pleated jacket (coat?) look great. She looks happy.

Overall, I think Shelley goes with her heart and wears what speaks to her, and no one else. She obviously loves fabrics with shine and texture. And she isn't afraid to look less than perfect. I've said it before, but in the future, I'd love to see an exhibition SHelley's wardrobe and accessories from her "White House years." as First Lady.

- edina -


those last 2 outfits are OUTSTANDING! She goes out there sometimes, and just hits it.

I always love her no matter what she's wearing.


She's not picking at her husband--she's checking out the little lapel pin he won.


Outfit number one--what color is that? Green, gold, chartreuse?? OK but look at the shoes copper! What was she thinking


Tlo:
"... and we can't help but bow down. She is the First Lady. And she's wearing THAT. That's just awesome."

And she's a black woman who grew up on the southside of Chicago. In so many ways, she embodies the American Dream...study hard, work hard, and you can become a member of royalty in our meritocracy, when sometimes it seems the American Dream died 30 years ago.


It's not quite that she wears everything exactly the same color, it's what you've complained about before -- that she wears shades of the same color that don't match. Like grey-blue with green-blue or whatever.

So the yellow outfit, there's a particular type of ugly, boxy clothes that older women wear when they want to look respectable, and this is a very cheerful, individual spin on that. I don't like it, but I understand why she wore it.

Completely cosigning everything you said about the second outfit. I'm proud to have a first lady with back muscles like that, and that coat is awesome in a stylish, magazine-y, princessy sort of way. And how handsome does Mr. Obama look? Mrow. I love these two.


Gotham Tomato - are you a vegan?


She really needs a gay. That first look is AWFUL. What positive could be said about it other than she recycled some grandmother's upholstery for a "green" dress?

I do love the second look and the coat. While she's not a size 0, she has the body to really pull of some great clothes because she's so fit.

She needs to get Cher's (Clueless' Cher) photo system where she takes a picture of every outfit. Or Tim Gunn's fun computer program to consult with her on her best features.

Or maybe just hire TLo.


I like 'em all (shrug). Strong color and at least it's not a suit.


The gown and bolero are custom Alaia pieces, and she looks positively regal in them. The color combined with the textured ruffles and the subtle beading all give off a gorgeous, wintry feel.

the bolero (fall 2008 version)
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/03/06/fashion/shows/20080306_ALAIA_SLIDESHOW_5.html

a variation on the banded skirt
http://www.brownsfashion.com/product/designers/index/women/azzedine_alaia/010509420010.htm


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At least they kept their hand-holding to a minimum!


Agreed. The first outfit is dowdy. The second is WOW!


The first outfit shall never be spoken of again.

The second outfit is lovely. That coat! Perfect for Northern Europe in the winter. Cool and stylish. LOVE.


I HATE matchy-matchy outfits and that one is so bad. Why??

But then the second one is so good. That coat is devine. My only complaint is that I wish the top of the dress hit her natural waist instead of being a drop waist.


I don't dislike the gold suit as much as most posters. It isn't her best look, but I enjoy seeing people wear winter fabrics. I like the coat and dress together, perhaps with out the scarf. I also like brooch pin worn at the center front neckline of the dress.
Something that I like about the way Mrs. Obama dresses is that every thought is not consumed by the almighty goal of "looking slimmer" which of course does not effect your actual weight one iota.
I love the 2nd look, especially the coat. Magical.


bitchybitchybitchy

I just knew you were going to call Michelle out for wearing that cardigan, and I agree with you 100%-that is just not right with that dress.

On the other outfit, I.adore.that.jacket/coat.


I really do not have problems with the dress and coat from the first look. Nor do I have a problem with vintage style necklace (sweater clasp?). My problem is with the way too small cardigan and the clashing copper metallic shoes. I do not care for matchy-matchy but I prefer matchy-matchy over clashy-clashy!

The white/silver ball grown with jacket is great. The jacket would look great over jeans of any wash color, white pants or sliver pants. No complaints here.

I wonder if Michelle Obama buys (at a great discount)her clothes or if her clothes are loaned to her.

TampaBay


suzq, GrowFarmington, TampaBay-
*applause and agreement*

Before I never speak of look #1 again, I have to say, that chartreuse colour is putrid. Even on her. And the shiny quality makes me burn with hatred. But then, nothing in that outfit is doing her a favour.

#2 is a little off-kilter but I like it and it's a thousand times more flattering to her in colour, cut, etc.


TLo--

You omitted the third outfit she wore at the signing ceremony--mrs-o.org has a great picture of it and it looks stunning:

http://mrs-o.org/newdata/2009/12/10/beautifully-draped.html


Look at how shiny the little red lady is also. Maybe recieving the Nobel Peace Prize just calls for shiny.
Let's face it, she HAS to do cardigans it's her thing. It's her pillbox hat.
I LOVE the gown on her.
TLO said
"She is the First Lady. And she's wearing THAT. That's just awesome."
Totally.


Don't cry for me Argentina. The truth is I never left you...

oh wait, these aren't screen stills from "Evita."

Moving along.


Props to Gotham Tomato: "I think that the first look is refreshing in that, while the previous administration hunted and killed animals, Mrs. Obama, clearly, only kills and skins old couches." Years and years ago, on a cross-country road trip, we had to crash in a pretty sleazy motel in Omaha, and the bedspread was a dead ringer for that first unfortunate outfit. Hated it then, hate it now.

Love the straps on outfit #2, and boy, does it look fabulous on her.

To whoever asked why MO is always touching BHO: It's called, "Can't keep my hands off you, baby!"


I really don't mind the green dress with the sparkle pins and the cardigan. The coat is bad.

The gown is a stunner. I wish it was mine. SHe is beautiful and classy and gets an A in my mind.


The first outfit is not good. The only good thing I can say is that she can wear that color when not too many people can. But did she have to wear SO MUCH of that color? Yikes.

The white gown and jacket were perfect. I try not to project too much onto people i don't know, but the photos of the Obamas together make me so happy. I love the way they looks so happy to have each other.

Oh, and her back is FIERCE!!!


s/b "they look so happy..." not "looks."


THE CARDIGAN...THE FRAPPING CARDIGAN!! OMG!! I was watching yesterday when she came in wearing the cardigan. I was talking to my daughter on the phone at the time; both my cats were on the end of the bed. I started screeching so loudly, "No, No, NO...dont tell me, she didnt really?? Her husband is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize..AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!" The cats jumped down and ran away, my daughter was laughing like nuts...Oy vey iz mir...It was such a shander..As God is my witness, I'll never wear another cardigan again...


Overall, she looks nice. I don't even mind the matchy-matchy, I can even live with the shiny material. It is eye-catching, and seeing it move on TV, I thought she looked fine (granted, she could find better things for her shape, but compared to previous first ladies, she wins hands down.)

BUT THE CARDIGAN.... looks like a practical joke. No, no, no honey. NOT THE CARDIGAN! We are not going to the local school to read to the children. This is the Nobel f'ing Peace prize baby!

It is now evident that she has a SERIOUS CARDIGAN ADDICTION and she needs an interventional team, staffed by professionals, to wean her off. You need to go on the road boys! It is your national civic duty!


I keep saying someone needs to turn her in to "What Not to Wear". God only knows there's a huge body of evidence.

Is there Betty Ford for cardigans? Maybe its wool, and if deprived of them she'll wind up like Gene Wilder in the segment he did in "Everything you always wanted to know about sex" chugging Woolite...

Comparing Shelly to Jackie O. is well, just lunacy.


Brooklyn Bomber:

Yes, i am afraid she was picking at her husband's suit. Jay Leno had the tape last night. She picked lint, brushed off his shoulder and sleeve... which I don't mind, but please do it before you are in front of the cameras. Once you are in public, please pretend you do not see the lint. especially standing next to another big-wig.


She is the First Lady. And she's wearing THAT. That's just awesome.

Well I thought THAT coat was so hideous that TLO were being sarcastic.

Like, how GREAT is it that she is (giving the finger to everyone with TASTE and) wearing THAT! What balls.


She's such a beautiful woman and clearly knows nothing about fashion and styling. That's fine, but a woman in her position - yes it sounds sexist, sorry - needs to represent her husband AND HER COUNTRY with the best foot forward.

She either needs to fire the stylist she has now (if any) or get one and stop trying to do it herself.


It is confirmed that the second look was designed by Azzedine Alaïa.

XO
T LO


Gotta give Shelly props for wearing colors that look awesome on her. That chartreuse and the pale blue are colors that ONLY look good on darker skinned women. Look at the model in the chartreuse--death warmed over. On Michelle, that color is excellent. The outfit itself, particularly the tragic modifications to it....it's a damn shame. Cardigans should be banned from the White House. And...she's got a rocking figure...she should have just stuck with the original form-fitting dress.

The blue outfit, particularly with the coat, is TO DIE. Well done.


Such a gorgeous woman!
Tall, refined, stately.
I don't like the 1st outfit, nor the cardigan, but they're appropriate for the occasion.
The Alaia is...well, an ALAIA!
Amazing. She looks flawless!
Anyone who says the FLOTUS doesn't know fashion while commenting on her wearing Azzedine Alaia is an idiot.


At least she didn't wear a BELT!

Suz


I LOVE the silver coat/dress.

The yellowish coat/dress ensemble is exactly the same material that my mom had our living room furniture recovered in.... in 1972. I'm actually OK with the dress and cardigan (the cardi seems to deflect the dress' upholstery-ness, somehow) but NOT for this event.


Sewing Siren SAID:
12/11/09 8:48 AM

I don't dislike the gold suit as much as most posters. It isn't her best look, but I enjoy seeing people wear winter fabrics. I like the coat and dress together, perhaps with out the scarf. I also like brooch pin worn at the center front neckline of the dress.
Something that I like about the way Mrs. Obama dresses is that every thought is not consumed by the almighty goal of "looking slimmer" which of course does not effect your actual weight one iota.
I love the 2nd look, especially the coat. Magical.


Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who is NOT offended (or even embarrassed to be an American) because of the first look. But I guess it's because I also have a cardigan addiction.... In addition, somebody pointed out that the first ceremony was NOT black tie, so the cardigan was NOT out of place... but that's just my opinion.... and Shelly O will NEVER make me feel embarrassed of being my First Lady :-)
The second look was beautiful....
One thing I'm not digging is her new hair-do... I miss her hair down... she is not wearing it like that much.....


The second outfit... I can't believe I'm going to say this about our First Lady... but I think for that dress she needs a spanx-like undergarment to give her waist a smoother look, and a push-up bra to give her chest some oomph.

~MDO


First outfit was o.k. (though yes, boxy) with the coat. Unflattering and confusing with the cardigan.(CARDIGAN) Cardigan??? At the Nobel ceremony???

Second outfit was ok to good without the jacket but that jacket was AWESOME.

And really, go back and look at Ms. Bush's and Ms. Clinton's entirely safe and uninteresting formal wear. Almost makes the cardigan look good.


Anon: "Yes, i am afraid she was picking at her husband's suit. "

And there I was thinking he was going to say, "I won the Nobel Prize and all I got was this little pin!"


The first outfit was too overwhelming between the color and the fabric. In defense of the cardigan though, that might've been a necessity. They were in Oslo after all and if you look at all the other people in the pictures, they're all wearing jackets -- even scarves and hats. It is a sleeveless dress, she may've just been cold!

The coat in the second outfit is plain gorgeous.

flory


I know everybody hates the cardigan, but:

A) it's COLD in Norway
B) it was the same sweater she wore to the inaguration ceremony

Perhaps she is sentimental about it?! Just sayin'


Yay for the runway shot of the second look - interesting comparison. (I'm almost shocked that someone found it, though, because the dresses look almost nothing alike. I wonder if someone just asked her secretary who designed it and found a picture from a recent-y collection that looks most like it?)


Well, as the saying goes:

If you can't say anything nice, come sit by me!

She leaves me utterly cold.


Love the second dress and coat.


I absolutely love the second outfit


Oh dear, someone really needs to tell her that vintage-y 40's brocade looking dresses are not appropriate for her.

She needs tailored, chic, modern, angular, clothes. The Mamie Eisenhower garb needs to GO.


y'know that 2nd picture from the bottom?

WOW, just wow.


Is it 2012 yet?


2012,
Why, are you anxious for President Obama to start his second term?


It's the weekend before the final in-class presentation of my senior collection, so I've not read all the posts yet; sorry if this is duplicative.

My thoughts - why did she change the hem on the gold dress? That was one of the design details I found the most attractive, and it seems that it would have been more flattering (and definitely more interesting).

The gold coat is amazing but you're correct - too "matchy matchy"; changing it to a slightly darker shade would have been better, in my opinion.

Now, on the other hand, if she was going to wear a cardigan, why a beige one? Hideous!!!! Actually, there is NO good reason for that cardigan - if it's the case of wanting to camouflage her tummy, my advice would be to get a better support undergarment - I'm just saying.

The full-length gown is gorgeous but the shape of its waist to hip area is not the best on her. That's the only (slight) detail I would change. Otherwise she looks amazing.

And, GOD, that coat. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I gasped!


She always looks fab in white. But I do wish she would wear more then one color at a time.


Right on the money, Brothers TLo.

That gold is a lotta look!

But it's not so ACK! in videos.

Michelle really needs a tutorial on what works in photos as well as in person or video because as much of a miss the gold thing is in pix, someone who was at there at the speech (and not connected with Michelle) said it was gorgeous to see move through that big high-ceiling'd hall.

I liked the opera cape feel of the coat & wonder if the NIna Ricci cardigan has sparkles that don't show up in pix.

LOVE the Alaia, but especially with the jacket on. The dress was a little too long, though. Funny that the princess wore the same color with a little frou-frou, too, but it was so much dowdier than Michelle's.

Wasn't her hair fabulous in the evening?

Did you see the great gray Lanvin she wore for signing some book earlier in the day?

I'm under the weather & have thought about this too much, haven't I?


The gold ensemble is a ditto repeat of the inaugural outfit - sheath-coat-cardi-jeweled cardi clasp- only the fabric has been changed. Even the color is similar and it is a great color on her; so much better on her than the anemic model. That said, I liked the inaugural outfit and this...umm...did not photograph well. Shine is difficult to carry off unless you are a sylph.

I do not take offense at the cardi. European public buildings tend not to be well heated. I think she has sensibly outfited herself for a variety of situations and temperatures. Norway is not L.A. A cardi does not make her underdressed and I like that she has a signature look.

The ice blue knit dress suits her well. She looks lovely in these sort of Jeune fille gowns. Is the jacket Alaia or Miyake? Props for taking a few risks.


ACK !!!
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I gotta defend cardies in general (though maybe not this one with this look). They're just so soft & versatile.

And... at certain points in a woman's life, one needs the soft & the versatile (and the ease to whip off as well as on).

I like the way they soften a look.


desertwind on 12/13/09 at 3:27 PM said..."LOVE the Alaia, but especially with the jacket on. The dress was a little too long, though. Funny that the princess wore the same color with a little frou-frou, too, but it was so much dowdier than Michelle's."

Dowdy is in all job descriptions for all reigning princesses of all realms except Caroline of Hanover.

TampaBay


The first look is not terribly good or bad, the not so good is that it is too matchy for such a shiny look and the shoes are off. It did not become appalling until FLOTUS added the sweater. But for the sweater, I would give her an unenthusiastic IN for wearing something interesting and while not flattering, is not as unflattering as other looks she has worn and acceptable considering that she is not in a profession where having a perfect body for clothes is a job requirement.

Love the second look with the jacket on. Love the hair, makeup, jewelry and the twinkle in MO's eyes. Not as great at certain angles sans jacket, she would have benefited from a girdle, spanx or some other foundation garment.


Oh, how I wish YOU TWO could be her stylists...........(and mine *sigh*) Ever think about another career on that path?


The first was such a trainwreck I was shocked that I liked the dress and that lavender-ish coat thing.


Agreed, boys. The first look ALMOST worked with the jacket, the cardigan was a poor choice, made poorer by being ill-fitting.

The second look was stellar, bottom to top. LOVED the coat, too.

See, that's the thing about being a risk-taker: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But when it does, it really does.


If you guys want to keep up with Mrs. O and her fashion, this is her site and every single thing she wears in public is featured. I start every day by checking it out. It's fabulous. http://mrs-o.org/


It's astounding that she wore that wrinkled pale cardigan while at the Nobel ceremony, even if it was an expensive fabric...they must be awful comforting to her in some way. Someone has got to convince her that she looks fantastic without them!

RE: last comment -- It may not be that she is intentionally pushing boundaries but that she just does not realize the way it looks.

The white gown was great though.





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