Saturday, May 16, 2009

Politics meets Fashion

My two favorite females in the political limelight have got mad style. Ex-uber model, Carla Bruni, and First Lady, Michelle Obama are oozing with grace, elegance, and sophistication. I love how both of them are not afraid to show their arms, and wear things other than turtlenecks. They are constantly seen on the fashion posts of the NY Times. Here is an article of their initial meeting and most importantly, what they wore:

If the fashion and retail industries weren’t in such a funk, and maybe if the general media knew more about fashion so that it didn’t seem to be panting before every cardigan, there might be less fuss about Michelle Obama’s European wardrobe, which is pretty consistent with what the First Lady has been wearing — with a few more bells and whistles.

INSERT DESCRIPTIONShaw Thew/EPA Michelle Obama, left and Carl Bruni-Sarkozy, right.

In pure fashion terms, Mrs. Obama is a standout in part because she has a distinct line to her clothes, as well as her signature vibrant colors. Contrast her look in the teal blue Jason Wu dress in London with the uniformly straight and dour line of the other leaders’ wives, and of course she’s different, more expressive. Today, in France, to greet President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, she wore a custom-made Thakoon floral silk jacquard coat and a short-sleeve fuchsia dress. At one point at the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, President Sarkozy seemed to make a comment to President Obama about their wives, which caused Mrs. Obama to frown or blush. Not clear, of course, what was said. The two first ladies looked remarkably similar, both wearing coats with a soft tie at the neck. A coat trend? Probably so. Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy’s gray lambskin coat was a Dior, as were her handbag and flats. I think the ultrafitted Thakoon dress is Mrs. Obama’s best look so far, and I like the change of having short sleeves.

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