I know I’m not the only one that needs a touch of lightness in their life these days. It was a hard week for half of America, and I am just beginning to be able to wrap my head around it. Reading, talking to friends, and listening to a lot of music has helped. What also helped was perusing street style pics, and catching all the bright light that silver reflects.
Naomie Harris at the Hollywood Film Awards, where she took home the Hollywood Breakout Actress award, looked positively aglow in her Gucci silver lame pantsuit. What also caught my eye were all the silver skirts (both sequin and lame) worn during the day with a casual bent to them. Whether paired with Converse suede sneakers, oxfords, mid-sized heels or to the knee boots, all looked smashing! And, who doesn’t love a silver leather bomber jacket with red and black knit trim detailing. When paired with red it read like a breath of fresh air!
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Last night, New York was lit up with the glamor of starlettes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, in celebration of Charles James (known as the greatest American couturier) whose work will be on display as part of the retrospective exhibit, Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
Participants embraced the theme of the gala, White Tie, the most extravagant of dress codes, with elbow high gloves and sumptuous ball gowns. These are my creme of the crop; I especially love Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta’s take on Charles James iconic dress’. What was your favorite?
Clockwise from top left: Charlize Theron In Christian Dior // Naomi Watts In Givenchy Haute Couture // Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa //Jason Wu & Dakota Johnson // Blake Lively In Gucci // Sara Jessica Parker In Oscar de la Renta // Victoria Beckham In Her Own Design // Rachel McAdams In Ralph Lauren.
There is no question Michelle Obama possesses strength, grace, intelligence and humor in spades, there is also no denying she is one stylish FLOTUS. Her fashion risks and ease in which she mixes high and low designers makes her one of the most stylish first ladies we’ve had since Jackie Kennedy wore the crown.
Mrs. O graces the cover of April’s Vogue (on news stands now) and the article has the First Couple musing on a myriad of subjects: what prevents their political rise to fame from shaking up their relationship; family (while they are our First Family, they insist on being their family first) – not just theirs but family as a collective and his policies to protect that family; what they have learned from each other – she’s imbibing “the ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road…”, and he’s learned ” the virtues of order.. her warmth and sense of belonging”.
Michelle also reflects on her relationship to fashion, what style means to her and some humorous anecdotes on the President’s fashion sense. All in all, an insightful piece on a remarkable First Couple – our couple!!
Michelle Obama in Reed Krakoff, Mr. and Mrs. Obama in the Red room. Photos by Annie Leibovitz
No matter who you thought won the Presidential debate last night in Denver, it was clear that the FLOTUS’ Preen (Fall 2011 collection) suit knocked it out of the park. And Anne Romney, in a cream suit with pearls, looked pretty good herself (no word on who designed it).
Both ladies opted for a more conservative touch but the cropped blazer of Michelle’s purple Preen (designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi.) suit and printed blouse ensemble tipped the style contest in her favor – loved the pleating in the back of the jacket.
Let us know which one of these beautiful ladies’ look won you over!!
1st group of photos, left to right – Michelle Obama & Anne Romney.
2nd group, left to right – Back of Preen blazer & look on Preen’s Fall ’11 runway.
It’s been a while since we have checked in on the First Lady’s fashion style but I am sure it comes as no surprise that she has been scoring A’s on every occasion. Michelle wears all colors equally well but looked particularly lovely in blue on both December 8th – attending a Hanukkah reception at the White House in a blue metallic Rodarte dress, and on December 4th – at the Kennedy Center Honors – where she looked ravishing in a vibrant blue Vera Wang gown.
On December 12th the First Lady, donning a Marc Jacobs print dress (top left corner), appeared at the Children’s National Medical Center to read “The Night Before Christmas,” as has become an annual tradition. Looking equally ravishing in black as she does in color, on December 15th Mrs. Obama accompanied the President to Fort Bragg where he gave a speech to mark the end of the Iraq war. She wore a wore a washed rose and tweed dress by Rachel Roy, paired with a black cardigan and Mary Jane pumps. A divine wool and leather Alaia jacket, a black handbag and gloves completed the look. (top right corner).
While in Hawaii on their Christmas holiday the Obamas visited the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor on December 29th. Michelle paired bold color and stripes in a Rachel Roy dress topped off with a black cropped cardigan (bottom left corner). The Obamas celebrated Christmas by attending service at the Kaneohe Bay Chapel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, followed by a visit with military families at Anderson Hall. Michelle again combined color and prints effortlessly in a Sophie Theallet dress and Comme des Garcon skirt. (bottom right corner).
Returning back to Washington on January 3rd the Obamas turned in their warm weather clothes for warmer, weather appropriate clothing. We love the grey striped coat and wide leg grey flannel pants, and of course it wouldn’t be Michelle with out a touch of color her bright blue gloves provided.
It’s official, Target named Jason Wu their next collaborating designer. Target announced the news yesterday after a weekend of tweeting hints such as, ” If I wasn’t a designer, I would be a pastry chef,” and, “The new designer began sketching the future of fashion at five years old”.
Jason Wu, known for all things ladylike – full skirts, floral pleats, lace, slim pants and thin belts – will soon be available at ladylike prices. The collection drops Febuary 5th and for those of you who didn’t act quick enough and lost out on Missoni’s collection for Target, be prepared, we predict the same levels of hysteria for Jason.
Wu, known for his polished, feminine looks, first burst into the international spotlight when the first lady wore one of his designs to the inaugural balls of 2009. Michelle Obama had been introduced to Wu’s clothing by Ikram Goldman, the owner of one of her favorite Chicago boutiques, and began to wear his ready-to-wear pieces for photo shoots and on the campaign trail.
“The exciting thing about this limited edition collection of affordable women’s wear and accessories is that it allows me to reach a wider audience and bring my designs to people who may not have been able to purchase them before,” Wu told Women’s Wear Daily. It may be exciting for Jason but we are over the moon!!
Top photo is of a sketch of Jason Wu’s collection for Target. Bottom row is Jason Wu’s
Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
On Wednesday, June 15, Mr. and Mrs. Obama hosted the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. Michelle chose the black and white chevron stripe Shoreline dress from Talbots – which is already sold out. The sleeveless, fitted bodice dress with an a-line skirt is an extremely flattering silhouette for Michelle. Paired with cherry red flats for a pop of color, it makes for a crisp, clean and bright springtime look and is turning out to be one of Michelle’s favorite color combos.
The First Lady was joined by writer and director J.J. Abrams and Air Force Pilot Captain Kelly Smith in discussion at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, June 13th.. The purpose of the talk was to encourage a more positive portrayal of military service members in popular entertainment, as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces movement.
Looking rather stylish and chic, Mrs.Obama kept things simple, wearing a Rachel Roy black lace knit cardigan and dress. Michelle accessorized with layered bracelets, coordinating earrings and red pumps. We loved the dichotomy of the dress with its textured fabric against the liquidity of her bracelets. Looking Good FLOTUS!
Michelle pinned her hair under in the back to look as if she had a faux bob. We thinks this length looks fabulous on her. What do you think; should Michelle cut her hair?
On Friday, June 10, the President and First Lady were off to Camp David for the weekend and a much deserved rest. Michelle sported a $29.99 Impressionist print draped dress from the Gap ( sold out) that she wore as a tunic over white cropped pants and black sandals. She completed her chic look with oversize sunglasses and a lime green Lambertson Truex tote.
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