I felt a little funny when I heard that Michelle Obama, surprising tourists, welcomed them to the White House this morning with "I am Michelle Obama. You are in my home, Welcome to my house.” I heard it on the radio and there was no comment made so I figured I heard it wrong. How could she? HER HOME??
Then, there's this:
Ever the style risk-taker, the first lady chose this bold Alexander McQueen look for last night's State Dinner.Dressed in a red petal print silk organza gown by Alexander McQueen, Michelle Obama stopped high-profile traffic Wednesday night at the White House State Dinner for the Republic of China. The brilliant red color is a symbol of luck in Chinese culture, but there was more to her designer choice than just diplomacy. (Z: EVERY single article I have read about this "Fabulous dress!" mentions the color and how that's Chinese for LUCK....no comment how it's also Chinese for RED CHINA, of course. How wearing a dress the color of luck is appropriate or important is waaay beyond me, but maybe that's just me.)
The first lady's unofficial stylist Ikram Goldman, a Chicago boutique owner who commissions many of the looks worn by Mrs. O, is an admitted fan of the avant garde designer who died a year ago. Mrs. O wore McQueen originals twice last year, but this is the first time she's modeled a gown in his name.
The red dress was made for the 2011 resort collection by Sarah Burton, and was altered slightly at the sleeves to show off Obama's famously toned arms. Despite a focus on politics at the White House dinner, the guest list boasted icons of the fashion world like Vera Wang and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. But all eyes were on the first lady, whose impact on the global fashion industry is unrivaled.
Her leverage comes with credentials; over the past two years Obama's selection of designer gowns for political events has been bold, thoughtful, and spot-on.
(Z: wow. I guess they've missed those full skirts with the sweaters, the horrid shorts and big flowery dresses with flat shoes that should make any fashionista CRINGE. By the way, fashion means SO little with the problems we have today, and I'm not particularly interested, but the FAWNING over this woman every time she appears is usually unwarranted and almost scary........She can look gorgeous, no doubt about it, and she can really make terrible fashion mistakes. Try Googling for the mistakes...good luck, they're all too in love...amazing.)