That would be women’s fashion.
But I’ve finally had it.
After 8 years, I can’t stand it anymore. Those annoying headlines and stories.
Michelle Obama could have worn jeans on sale from Target and an adoring press would have gushed and gushed, and gushed some more.
The first lady’s fashion choices have been in the spotlight ever since the Obamas entered the White House…
The first lady rocks her fashion choices.
First Lady Michelle Obama, has embraced fashion as a powerful form of communication, helping to cultivate an image of American style that has been groundbreaking, inclusive, and thoroughly modern.
If Michelle Obama was looking for a career in fashion after leaving the White House, she wouldn’t be hard pressed to find one.
The country’s interest in Obama’s clothes began during the 2008 presidential campaign. The fascination increased once she became first lady, in part because she didn’t dress like the stereotypical Washington matron in boxy suits, nude pantyhose and sensible pumps. Her favorite accessory was a wide, embellished Azzedine Alaia belt that emphasized her hourglass figure. She did not wear pantyhose. She wore over-the-knee suede boots. She stood out, not because she was setting trends or even leading the charge in embracing those offered up by the fashion industry. She simply looked engaged with fashion. Her clothes were part of the fashion conversation. She looked modern.
What made critics roar over her bare arms when she wore a sleeveless, eggplant-colored Narciso Rodriguez dress to her husband’s first address to Congress? Obama was not the first presidential spouse to go sleeveless in the Capitol. Jackie Kennedy had done so decades earlier. But Kennedy was not a statuesque black woman with muscular arms. The fascination with Obama’s style has not simply been about the clothes, but the body in them.
At her final state dinner as first lady, Michelle Obama solidified her legacy as perhaps the most adept and successful practitioner of the art of political dressing that any administration has seen.
Michelle Obama is going out in style. At Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors, which marks Obama’s eighth and final year attending as first lady, she dazzled in an embroidered, off-the-shoulder number by Gucci (seen below). With all eyes on her (per usual), she continued her style reign.
It was rare the press was less than fawning.
Some people thought the red-and black Narcisco Rodriguez dress she wore in election night in Chicago was a risk that didn’t work. And there was a slight misstep on vacation the first year, when the Obamas visited a national park during a heat wave and the first lady exited Air Force One in shorts. (Sensible, but an apparent protocol no-no.) And some people, including the late Oscar de la Renta, thought a sweater — even, apparently, a very expensive one by Azzedine Alaia — was a little too casual to wear for drinks with Queen Elizabeth. He told Women’s Wear Daily, “You don’t … go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater.” He was also critical of her decision to wear an Alexander McQueen gown to a state dinner in 2011. (De la Renta later softened his stance on Michelle Obama’s choices, saying, “she’s a great example to American women today.”)
But again, that was rare. Michelle Obama was typically viewed as a walking goddess.
Cue Stevie Wonder. “Isn’t she lovely!”
Soon, out will go fashion princess Michelle. In will come Melania Trump.
In an understatement, the next First Lady is attractive.
Let’s see how the press treats her. Prepare for negativity.
The Washington Post already gives a signal, laying down the gauntlet:
It falls to the next residents of the White House — one of whom is a former model — to bring fashion fully into the fold.