Monday, November 10, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama's Fashion Stylist Speaks


I don't have any exclusive with the stylist of Michelle Obama. The last I read, the Chi-town native wasn't officially working with one but I'm sure that is going to change very soon if it hasn't already. Now, let's get a couple of things out of the way. I am officially a proud member of the Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama Fan Club. Need proof? Read this and this. But even I think constructive criticism is appropriate when it is well, constructive. In the words of fellow Chicagoan Common, "If I don't like it, I don't like it. That don't mean that I'm hatin'."

A runway shot of Michelle's election night frock.

Runway to Realway: The much-talked about Narcisco Rodriguez dress on Michelle.

So, here it is - Michelle usually gets it right in my humble opinion. I think she is always dressed appropriately for her age and she has figured out her body type (she has an hourglass shape). But she does have the occassional miss (like on election night) and I have a few suggestions of things her stylist might want to adopt (and a few things she should continue doing) to make her look even more fabulous consistently.

Lady in Red - Michelle is not afraid of color.

Hometown girl Maria Pinto has been holding it down for Michelle and should certainly continue to do so (she is responsible for the fab red dress Michelle wears in the above pic) but below are a few other folks worth our future First Lady's consideration. These designers also create clothes for real women with real bodies:

Lafayette 148 - Edward Wilkerson is slept on by the masses. His tailored pieces will take Michelle from power lunches and brunches to PTA meetings for Malia and Sasha.

Donna Karan - This NY native has long been Seventh Avenue's darling and for good reason. Karan's innovative usage of jersey will compliment Michelle's curves.

Oscar da la Renta - The Dominican designer should be a go-to guy for Michelle when she starts preparing for the black-tie dinners that will quickly start to fill her calendar come January.

Other Style Notes...

Shoes with a heel - Michelle steers away from heels and at 5'10 one can only assume it is because she doesn't want to tower over her husband. Still, a 2-3 inch heel can be slipped in every now and again to give her look more of an overall polished punch.

Hair - Michelle's tresses are always shiny and healthy looking. Keep doing what 'cha doing Michelle!

Make-up Artist - Michelle's make-up can be hit or miss - early on in the campaign her brows were a bit hard. I suggest she get one great make-up artist and stick with him/her then get an equally fabulous back-up. Someone she should consider is Sam Fine.

Lastly, I think that Michelle should continue to embrace bold color as it looks so right with her complexion but prints can be tricky and don't always read well on camera. Solids are probably best when cameras are around (which will be the next four years...).

Now when all is said and done, Michelle probably doesn't give two hoots about what me or any other blogger, critic or reporter has to say regarding her style. And why should she when she has this?


Still, this was fun to write. Do you agree or disagree with my advice? Did you like the dress she wore last Tuesday night? Leave me a comment and sound-off.


j.a.c. said...

@ Mario Pinto - WOW WOW WOW. I think I'm in love. Thanks for putting me on! And if I could dress in Ed Wilkerson everyday, I would be one sharp woman.

I agree with your advice for Michelle. I think she not only has the body, but she has the grace and the distinguished aura to where bold colors and high fashion styles. I can't WAIT to see what these next 4 years are going to do for Michelle's wardrobe. It's going to be so Exciting!!!

Jasmine said...

I think Michelle is beautiful and has a classic style. I'd recommend Slimpressions for her though....My new favorite staple in my own wardrobe! Shapewear for the top half of my body - solution for my midriff, back fat AND ARM JIGGLE! Perfect for all that waving she has to do! Me, I'm not waving to a fan base certainly but I love the appearance of a streamlined silhoutte!

Southern Girl said...

I thought I was alone, but when I saw the dress I didn't like it. To me it clung a bit too much to her hips and I thought she'd come out with something else more along the line of the bold, but conservative fashion statements she's made at other events.

Light Traveler said...

I love her style and the fact that she's not afraid to take risks like on election night. What makes her stylish in my opinion is that she's completely herself. She's my age with two kids,she's on the run AND 5' say the least, so I forgive her for no heels. I think she has flawless skin so she can even get away with no makeup! Style is as much about being yourself as it is about getting it right.

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