Wednesday night President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his always fashionable wife, Samantha Cameron at the White House. This State Dinner was part of the Camerons’ three-day visit to the United States.
For this special occasion, Michelle chose to wear an elegant, off-the-shoulder, midnight blue gown by Marchesa. She accesorized by adding several thick strands of Tom Binns pearls. Thisevent marks the first time Mrs. Obama has worn Marchesa, a New York-based label, for a major event. The label was started by British born designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig in 2004. How fitting for this occasion, no?
Samantha Cameron opted for a dark blue slip gown, covered with a mesh of dark and light blue lace. She embellished her look with a black belt, cinching at the high-waist. What a flattering, avant-garde look for her ruler-silhouette!
It was reported that First Lady Michelle Obama, along with the Queen of Qatar, closed off part of Madison Ave. last year for a “First Lady Shopping Spree.” The two women allegedly splurged on some sexy lingerie by Agent Provocateur, adding up to about $50 GRAND! The alleged shopping spree was said to spark a 12% increase in the British label’s sales reports.
Almost immediately after the release of the story, Kristina Schake, director of communications for First Lady Michelle Obama, released a statement saying, “‘This story is 100 per cent false.” For a woman who usually prides herself on shopping at more affordable stores, such as Target, Gap and J.Crew, if this shopping spree were correct, it could cause quite an uproar (if it hasn’t already).
What are your thoughts – Do you think the Mrs. Obama spent $50 grand on lingerie? Is this acceptable behavior for a first lady? Fashionably Correct?
For the original story from the Telegraph, click here.
Saturday evening First Lady Michelle Obama attended the BET Honors 2012 in style. At the ceremony, which took place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, Mrs. Obama appeared on stage to pay tribute to Maya Angelou. A distinguished author and poet, Angelou has often been referred to as “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” and is best known for her work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Michelle looked stunning in a scarlet organza, one-shoulder gown by J. Mendel, a designer recently honored at the National Design Awards at the Smithsonian Museum in DC. With such a dramatic gown, the first lady opted to go light on the accessories, wearing only simple drop earrings.
The BET HONORS 2012 will air February 13, 2012.
What do you think of Mrs. Obama’s gown? Is it fashionably correct?
Michelle meets Catherine (Photo by Toby Melville-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama not only met Queen Elizabeth II, but also Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Tuesday afternoon at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Obama and the first lady are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of the queen.
For this special occasion, Mrs. Obama wore a mint hued floral dress, which appeared in designer Barbara Tfank’s Resort 2011 collection. The A-line skirt with its defined, high waist flattered Michelle’s lovely pear shape. She layered this dress with a pale pink, cropped cardigan adorned with her signature jeweled brooch.
Catherine & Michelle (Photo by Toby Melville-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
As for Catherine, the duchess wore a Shola Bandage Dress for this first royal appointment, post honeymoon. The beige dress with square neckline and angular cap sleeves is by one of her favorite designers, Reiss.
During their State Visit, the first couple will be attending a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the president will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall.
Michelle Obama at the Operation Homefront 2011 Child of the Year awards ceremony (Cliff Owen/AP Images)
Friday afternoon First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at a nonprofit award ceremony in one of this season’s latest styles.
Mrs. Obama attended the 2011 Military Child of the Year award ceremony, in Arlington, VA. Each year five military children are honored in this ceremony as a part of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization which provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to military members and their family.
At this event, Michelle was dressed in a white and brick red, graphic print top, which she wore tucked inside a long, slim-fitting skirt. She cinched in her waist with her signature accessory, a thick belt, and wore her hair back with drop earrings.
With no full length pictures of the skirt, the only question is how long was it? Did the first lady go with a full-length skirt? Or perhaps she opted for this spring’s latest midi (mid-length skirt), a style which Vogue has popularized this season (seen here).
Thursday afternoon First Lady Michelle Obama hosted The Sound of Young America: the History of Motown in the East Room of the White House.
The performance, which highlighted the unique sounds of Motown Records, was part of Mrs. Obama’s scheduled series of performing arts events at the White House.
Some of the artists at this event included singers John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow, Natasha Bedingfield, Seal and Nick Jonas. Others in attendance were Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
For this occasion Michelle chose to wear a polka dot sheath in metallic silver, one of this season’s hottest trends. The dress incorportated a ruffle front detail with floral brooch at the collar.
What do you think about this look? Leave a comment and let me know!
Laura Bush, Jackie Kennedy, Sarah Palin (Google Images)
The political women of the past and present have such different styles; however, I believe each woman’s fashion is, in some way, a representation of her outlook. For example, Michelle Obama, just like President Obama, wants change. This is exactly what her wardrobe has done; it has been a big change from first ladies in the past, recent years. Take a look at Laura Bush, a woman of steadfast, conservative views. These views are portrayed through her conservative, dress suits. Finally, Jacqueline Kennedy, a first lady who wanted to bring art and style from other countries into America. Jackie first started this feat by bringing in her iconic clothing, created by foreign designers. There are several styles to chose from, which woman has your favorite fashion?
When stopped on campus, Annemarie Stanson, a junior at Texas A&M University, said she favors the style of Jackie Kennedy above all other political women, because of she had the ability to keep her look “classy, but still on the cutting edge of fashion.” However, Sophie Nall, another Texas A&M student, is a fan of Laura Bush’s fashion. Sophie likes how Mrs. Bush remained stylish without focusing on her clothing. “Fashion wasn’t a dwelling point for her. She put her focus into her platform,” she stated. Kamryn Hebert likes the fashion of Sarah Palin over all the other political women, because she looks like a “normal woman,” she says. Miss Hebert likes that Sarah isn’t afraid to show the world her true self, even in her running gear (referring to the 2009 issue of Runner’s World which featured Palin on the cover).
President and Michelle Obama celebrating Hanukkah (Getty Images)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a Hanukkah celebration in the East Room of the White House last night, the second night of the Jewish festival of lights. The Obamas watched as guests recited prayers and lit the candles of a menorah. The guest list of over five hundred people also included one-third of the Supreme Court. Justices Breyer, Ginsburg and Kagan were all present at this event.
A unique menorah, loaned to the White House by a New Orleans’ congregation, was used for this ceremony. The beautiful menorah was one of a few items to endure Hurricane Katrina; it was restored to be re-lit for Hanukkah.
For this celebration, Mrs. Obama was dressed in a L’Wren Scott cashmere cardigan adorned in blue sequins (available here). She paired this cardigan with a black dress, featuring a full skirt and accessorized by adding a vintage brooch pinned at her shoulder and small, stud earrings.
To get a better look at the dress and hear President Obama’s address, check out the video below!
This afternoon, at a special White House holiday preview for military members and their family, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the long awaited 2010 White House Christmas theme of “Simple Gifts.” Ever since Jackie Kennedy began the tradition of the White House Christmas theme in 1961, the first ladies have been honored with the privilege of choosing the White House Christmas theme. In her address at this Christmas preview, Michelle stated that she believes this year’s decorations are even more beautiful than those of last year. She also expressed her excitement about the “Simple Gifts” theme, explaining, “The greatest blessings of all are the ones that don’t cost a thing: the time that we spend with our loved ones, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the joy we feel from reaching out to those in need.”
Take a look at the video below for a preview of the “Simple Gifts” decorations.
For this event, Michelle chose to wear a sleeveless, navy and gold sheath dress paired with a matching jacket. In my opinion, this year’s Christmas theme is very original, especially compared to many of the first ladies’ often repeated themes, such as “Children” or “The Nutcracker.” Additionally, I think Mrs. Obama’s attire looks lovely! She is starting the holidays off with a bang!
What do you think about the 2010 White House Christmas theme?
Last Saturday night, the Obama family attended a basketball game in Washington, D.C. The entire family, including Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, watched Howard University take on Oregon State, coached by Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother.
The Obama family kept their wardrobe palette in line with the colors of the Oregon State Beavers, wearing all orange and black. Mrs. Obama was dressed in solid black. She wore black, slim-fitting trousers and a black turtleneck paired with a knee-length, textured vest. She then added a punch of color by strapping a bright orange belt across her waist.
Surprisingly, the first lady did not choose her signature style of placing the belt atop her vest. Instead, she layered the textured vest over the orange belt. Did this surprise anyone else?
The Obama family at the Oregon State basketball game (Getty Images)
Additionally, I must note Malia’s orange sneakers, how cute!