Wednesday, January 21, 2009
About that dress.
You know, as much as I love fashion, the frenzy surrounding what Michelle Obama was going to wear on Inauguration Day (or any day, really) has kind of bugged me. She's a hugely intelligent woman with Ivy League degrees and incredible accomplishments under her belt. But I confess to being as interested in her wardrobe as most, and the reason is that she uses clothes to express herself. She takes chances. She dresses beautifully--but more importantly to me, interestingly. I LOVED her yellow dress and coat--and, yes, the green pumps she wore with it. Sure, she could have worn gold or beige shoes ... and been that much more of a conformist. So shut up, haters! Live a little! Green shoes are awesome!
And I love her ballgown. Wouldn't it make a gorgeous wedding dress? (Or do I just have a one track mind?) I love that she chose a 26-year-old designer and a gown that's not only pretty but that's totally different from the strapless satin columns so often preferred. Go, Michelle. And go Cathy Horyn, for recognizing that:
"Here is a bolder woman, a serious woman from Chicago and Harvard who is not afraid to express herself with fashion, and it is the kind of confidence that many women will recognize in themselves. Her clothes tell us that she has an adventurous spirit, as well as a sense of humor, and if some of these garments have almost an old-fashioned womanly quality, then they tell us that she is indeed not your average fashionista."