Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yes She Can!

The most watched woman in the world is Michelle Obama. This lady makes even Beyonce cry. And the most scrutinized trait about her, is what she wears. At yesterday’s inauguration Mrs. Obama opted for the eccentric Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo- a choice that sent mixed emotions throughout the fashion industry. Style insiders have yet to recover from the humiliating failure of Ms. Toledo’s show for Anne Klein (she was quickly dropped by the mega-brand) - a blemish on her legendary career. But one fashionista's trash is another First Lady's treasure. The First Lady's risk-taking skills (or her stylist's?) became more apparent when at the Neighborhood Ball, the President’s wife appeared in a full-length Jason Wu gown. The identity behind the First Lady's costumiere is still a mystery - does she truly adore Thakoon? Was that Alaia belt of her choosing? And most importantly, was that breathtaking and refreshingly youthful Jason Wu gown her decision?

Perhaps these answers are inconsequential, after all Jackie Kennedy was not remembered for her dependence on design great Oleg Cassini, only that she wore her Chanel two-piece and pink Diors so brilliantly.

Mr. Wu, whose life is surely about to change big time, is only in his third season but has already been likened to American greats such as Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. The key difference? He’s not either of them. Brava to Mrs. Obama for taking a chance. Perhaps this means change is really to come. Let's see if VOGUE takes a chance in her upcoming feature.

Final Word: Personally we would love to see the First Lady in the Technicolor brights of the season or harem pants with gladiator heels. Perhaps bondage platforms are the new pillbox hat?

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