These babies are hard to assemble. For instance, I wrote about the White House mermaid, but I completely forgot about the one who went to India.
30. Mermaid silhouette — check. Fish scale — check. A mermaid silhouette is hard to do, even for women with smaller bottoms. A shiny mermaid silhouette is practically undoable.
What do I know about respecting religion and culture, maybe Indian men like their women amply endowed.
29. Speaking of which, this look was termed “respecting religion and culture” at a FLOTUS fan site.
Bing.com readers don’t see it that way, and, frankly, Michelle doesn’t look like she’s having fun either, which is a good thing. She probably had to cover her head, but she didn’t have to go native with the ugly shapeless suit. I don’t think a First Lady should put herself in a position where tabloids would ask the populace to rate her wardrobe.
38. Another missed body type don’t:
The skirt is too short and voluminous. The fabric pattern is Alice in Wonderland. Notice that a too heavy pin pulls down the top.
37. This shot belongs to my B&D segment. Catholic discipline:
A little bit of schoolgirl, a little bit of dom. Tight. Very tight. LA punk band Catholic Discipline appeared In Decline of Western Civilization. Here is their very relevant NSW commentary on style and politics:
Michelle Obama alleges that she wants to champion small “artisan” fashion houses? Well, they are punks.
36. She’s on the Death Rock side, our FLOTUS. Consider this black mesh:
That’s at a Downing Street military families BBQ. I imagine the Brits thought that, well, one look Michelle loves is the garden party look, and she wears it everywhere. So why not do her a favor and throw a garden party? Dear Lady is probably thinking, “F*** you, British military families. I’m going to dress up for a Holiday party.” The dress is from the Fall-Winter 2010 Tracy Reese collection. Also, lets play spot the FLOTUS underwear.
35. This boob belt appearance reminds me of a joke we used to tell in the Soviet Union. A matronly lady goes to a tailor and orders a dress. The tailor takes her measurements and asks: “Sooo… where shall we do the waistline?”
The new First Lady is entertained by Medvedev’s wife while PLOTUS is being taken for a fool by Putin.
Speaking of respecting culture and religion, in Russia bright colors are associated with New Russians (note the greys worn by the tour guide). Of course, if Russians decide that Obamas are nouveau-riche show offs, they’d be right.
34. Having figured out the schoolgirl look, Michelle graduated to school teacher. Only the skirt is too tight in the hips. I can’t figure out how this can happen to a couture-fitted pencil skirt. Also file under “Pierrot”.
33. She’s a Gold Medal (in a cardigan)! At the Nobel “Peace” Prize ceremony:
When you are on the hefty side, steer clear of shiny fabrics, especially when your man is skinny. Plus, what’s with the Amazon boob on the right?
32. Another Oslo “huh?”
Effortlessly switching from one precious metal to another, MO lets her famed hips shine above yet another wedding cake skirt at the Nobel Prize party.
31. Talk about global!
The cut is actually flattering. I know, I’m also into mismatching colors and patterns. My favorite is A Children’s Place. They stay with the same color scheme every season year after year. Although designs are busy, busy, busy, no matter when you buy the clothing and how junior manages to assemble it, it will kind of work. Seriously, though, I love Anthropologie, and I wear frayed looks and I’m not matchy-matchy, but I avoid unflattering cuts, and there is a world of difference between an unexpected splash of color and toddler couture.
Much Avant Garde fashion is tongue in cheek, although some in the fashion world can no longer tell the difference between the world of clothes and the real life. It’s not like no couturier never thought that he’s Hitler. It’s healthy for a political wife to distance herself from that kind of scene. In any event, Michelle Obama doesn’t strike me as a particularly ironic kind of gal.
When FLOTUS wears the above outfit to a political event, she sends a message that she’s not taking this event seriously, or else is that she’s not serious person; she just wants to be noticed. The lady is pushing 50. So, as heathermc suggests, lets take this outfit and reassemble it. The top is fine, she can take it to a garden party. The bottom will make a nice blouse, maybe even for the Clinton Global Initiative, maybe even with a touch of whimsy, if she wants it to be her thang, although she looks out of her depth with this type of styling, but it needs a well-tailored understated grey or blue suit to set it off.
UPDATE: Linked by Political Junkie Mom — Thanks!