Thursday, April 2, 2009
MICHELLE OBAMA NOT FASHION ICON
MICHELLE OBAMA NOT FASHION ICON (No matter what the media says) The definition of an icon is a representation of a sacred personage. Michelle Obama has been First Lady for less than 75 days and is not deserving of being dubbed an “icon” and categorized with French First lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (a former supermodel like myself) Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Diana as one of the “Fab Four” of the modern political fashion world. First, any woman who wears clothes from J. Crew can never be on any “Best Dressed” list. I know that statement will bother friends who might shop at J. Crew, but I don’t think any of them would think their wardrobe was worthy of admiration. Second, any woman older than 35 years should NEVER bare her arms in public unless she is at the beach. Michelle Obama’s is 45 years old and no matter how trim and toned one thinks her arms are they are still 45 year old arms. When Jacqueline Kennedy wore a sleeveless gown in 1961 in London she was 31 years old and wore full length gloves to compliment her outfit. Third, I don’t care if Coco Chanel pioneered wearing costume jewelry; it is inappropriate for the First Lady of the United States to make her first world -wide media appearance on a state visit to be wearing a costume brooch. We know Michelle Obama has expensive jewelry because her husband has shopped at my favorite jeweler, The Goldsmith, and purchased his wife pieces there. Fourth, Jacqueline Kennedy was a debutante and spent years forming and reforming her fashion taste. Michelle Obama has had a few months of stylists advising her and has not reached a fashion maturity of any kind. I could keep going on, but the subject of Michelle Obama and her so called meteoric rise to fashion “icon” status enrages me. I am looking forward to Obama’s showdown with French First Lady Bruni-Sarkozy on Saturday when the two will have a fashion face off in a visit at the Strasbourg Cathedral in France. Since the Euro is stronger than the dollar on the world market, my money is on Carla.