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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:24 AM
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How did you like the ball dress?
See the Daily Telegraph's take on Michelle's Inauguration Day and evening wear: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/fashionnews/4304967/...
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:26 AM
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1. At first I didn't but closer up it was really pretty, especially on her.
I absolutely loved the outfit she wore for the inauguration, though! I'm going to have to find a similar one like that. I like the dress she is wearing today, too.
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Sebass1271 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:28 AM
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5. picture of the dress she is wearing today? i am at work!!!
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rateyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:05 AM
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31. here you go.
Now get back to work! :evilgrin: :hi:

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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:36 AM
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37. Thanks! I didn't get back here in time to answer. nt
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:50 AM
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23. Thread needs a pic
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:54 AM
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25. That pic blows up great for the desktop.
Thanks!!!
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:26 AM
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2. loved it - but the dress today is the best so far
I would wear that lovely thing she has on for the prayer service.
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Sebass1271 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:27 AM
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3. LOVED
the dress. MIchelle looked elegant in that white one shoulder gown. I was alittle nervous because Michelle has made some missed wear decisions in the past, but when I saw her coming out at the neighborhood ball i was struk with awwwwww.. She looked absolutely sophisticated, classy and TALL!!!..

That dress was SIMPLE but elegant.

Michelle hit the ball out of the park with the white dress. I loved her lemon green day dress too.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:28 AM
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4. Frankly, what the first lady wears
is of no real interest to me. The Presidency is not a fashion show, and whether or not the first lady's outfits please anyone is irrelevant. Can we not move on to substantive topics?
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:29 AM
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that Hide Thread thing works...
it is of interest to me. That is why I posted on the thread.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:33 AM
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12. Don't worry. I've got LOTS to say about substantive topics!
Funny, cuz I am NOT the fashionista type but I do think Michelle has a great sense of style.

See ya on the substantive topics debates! :hi:
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:14 PM
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69. Oh deal with it! We're excited
to have a First Lady who doesn't wear the drapes.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:29 AM
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6. I thought Michelle looked gorgeous, as she usually does.
The dress she wore during the daytime celebrations looked great on her, and I thought was very classy. But she must have been freezing! I know she's from Chicago, but outside for that long in those temps has got to be difficult for anyone, even when you're used to cold weather!

The gown last night wasn't so hot in my opinion. She looked very nice, but I think it would have been better without that strap, or if it had been balanced by two straps, but hey you can't please everyone every time, right?

She certainly looked better than the former First Lady ever did.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:36 PM
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52. The woolen lemon grass outfit yesterday was lined
with cashmere.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:29 AM
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7. She looked beautiful! It was a very elegant dress.
It was probably the wrong choice for all the dancing she had to do (she seemed to be having a bit of trouble with it), but it looked gorgeous! My only "petty" complaint: I think her hair should have been up.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:34 AM
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14. I discussed the hair up/hair down thing with my dtr.
And I think you are right. Especially with those long, drop earrings. It would have been stunning.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:40 AM
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19. The bare shoulders, the long earrings ...
having her hair up really would have been perfect... but she did look gorgeous. They both did! :D
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mwdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:52 AM
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24. She probably didn't have time to put her hair up!
I loved the dress.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:00 AM
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26. I know ... I can't believe the parade ran so late!
The poor woman probably had no time to even sit and relax for ten minutes. :-(
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:40 AM
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38. beautiful
She is Awesome
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trayfoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:45 PM
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43. I totally agree with the hair UP!
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:30 AM
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8. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:30 AM
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9. imo it was a beautiful dress and Michelle looked gorgeous.
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:31 AM
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10. I loved the dress. My initial reaction was it's pretty...but then on an
HD station, I was able to see it more clearly. Beautiful Dress! The designer was on Good Morning America. He's 26 and looks 12. He was as happy as can be!
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:32 AM
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11. She selected a relatively unknown designer.
And that rocks!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:45 PM
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65. He couldn't believe she chose him.
It was on one of the show last night when I was still awake. He will be very big now.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:34 AM
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13. I liked the Inauguration ensemble better than the ball gown.
But what's up with rhinestones at high noon? Otherwise, it fit nicely and most appropriate. She was missing two accessories with that ball gown. Sheep and a staff. 'Bo Peep.'
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:31 PM
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50. I agree , in part, on the rhinestones
I thought a single strand pearl choker would have complemented texture and color of the dress and coat better. The rhinestones, on TV, actually looked rather gray, which clashed with the pale yellow green. But, regarding the appropriateness of a few rhinestones during the day, maybe that's a just a stodgy old rule that can be broken - what do you think? Michelle has a real individual sense of style and it's FUN to see what she chooses to wear!
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:47 AM
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75. These old rules could be broken. I guess there are no hard and
fast rules to fashion any longer. But, it's funny how most people still adhere to them. Like "no white after labor day" or 'no patton leather shoes after summer.' I stopped with that patton leather rule several years ago, since designers were selling them in winter. Still, I rarely see 'white' from designers after labor day. I do appreciate that she's using American designers. It's high time.
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:35 AM
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15. Interesting fact about the designer Jason Wu...
-- he got his start designing for dolls. When I first heard his name I was surprised as I knew of him from doll email groups. I didn't know he designed for humans too!

http://www.fashionroyalty.com/about_jason.html
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:37 AM
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16. It was beautiful
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 10:37 AM by texastoast
but not a good dancing dress. She carried the dress as best anyone could, but Jill looked completely hot in that red dress. I would have like for Michelle to have worn something that was easier to dance in and to show off all those wonderful curves, of which I bet PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA got to partake in private after the festivities, if body language speaks the truth.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:39 AM
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17. IMO, it was a disaster on TELEVISION but probably worked in person. TV doesn't show texture
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 10:40 AM by cryingshame
and sculptural styles work best.

And my objective assessment of the design itself was it was nice. Not earthshattering or anything. Just, nice. The strap was too thick and should have tapered upwards or been removed.

I question why Michelle picked a gown with flowers on it for mid-winter. And also think all she needed was an orchid corsage to look like a 45 year old woman pretending she was going to Prom Night.

This might have been mitigated if the gown's fabric hadn't had those gauzy bits stuck all over it.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:16 AM
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34. God! The tyranny of the orchid corsage that ruined so many outfits.
Eleanor Roosevelt was given so damned many, she got into the habit of removing the previous one, pinning it on a woman without a corsage, then pinning the new one on.

Boy - do they look stupid!

Women's evening wear is just full of pitfalls.
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OnceUponTimeOnTheNet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:22 PM
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59. The dress did not come across the TV well, At all. It was good in Photos, which is good for the
history books. She needs someone helping her on the cinematic problems with some fabrics and finding the right cut and drapes to appear in.

And she has to stand Taller. Maybe she is abit shy, but she has to carry her frame better.

Michelle, put a book on your head, and Walk.

I mean this most sincerely.
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ninety lives Donating Member (82 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:40 AM
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18. She's gorgeous....

She can make even a dull outfit look good.

I think she would have looked great in color, a little less wedding-like.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:45 AM
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20. I wasn't nuts about it
The color was beautiful on her, but I found the cut rather clumsy and the asymmetry handled badly.

However, she does know what colors flatter her and won't be bullied into wearing those that don't.

My only complaint goes to the designer. The First Lady will look regal no matter what she wears with her height and attitude.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:17 AM
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35. Why do we associate being 'regal' with height?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:26 PM
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39. I'm a shrimp, myself
so I resent it, too. However, there it is.

She is a very regal lady who doesn't try to hide her height. She'll look great in anything they put on her.
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:46 AM
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21. Today's dress
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:50 AM
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22. I think that the flowery summer dress was not my cup of tea to wear in church.
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fed_up_mother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:01 AM
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27. Most other women appear to be in suits. Her designer may be too young to have a sense of history
And the dress does look summery. I hope she gets another designer. He's hit a couple of home runs, but when he's off, he's way off, imo.
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marlakay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:02 AM
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28. I think she looks more comfortable in it than in the clothes
she has been wearing the last few days. Its more her style and I like it, but then I am not religious nor do I feel you have to dress all plain and matronly at church.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:18 AM
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36. Laura Bush wore the Hillary black pants suit and Wayfarers to church. You'd ...
almost think that Hillary left all that stuff in the closet for her.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:06 PM
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56. In my Church it works quite well. . . n/t
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:04 AM
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29. It was a lovely dress but not quite right for a church service.
But that being said, Michelle could wear a paper bag and look good.
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:08 PM
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45. many women come to church in jeans.
or slacks.

Not much of a dress code in most churches.

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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:20 PM
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53. But the first lady?
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:31 PM
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62. you know, people need to get over these bullshit fashion threads
Good taste is my taste, and the sooner you understand that, the happier you will be.

Basically, people are arguing over the inarguable; what makes a good-looking dress. Nobody will agree, but everyone will insist their taste is correct. She gets good reviews from the fashion press, just not here on DU.

and it is, at it's most basic level, unwarranted criticism of Michelle Obama over each individuals subjective taste.
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:35 AM
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74. You are participating.. . I voiced my opinion, that's all.
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 11:55 AM by WillieW
I blame the young designer who dressed her - not Michelle. I love the lady. He probably also got her the red/black dress that she wore during Obama's acceptance night. I still can't figure that dress out. In my opinion, It was an odd-looking dress.
When you are the first lady, people will check your style. She dressed better before she became the first lady - that says a lot as to who is dressing her. The black/white dress she wore on the VIEW appearance, was perfect. A lot of women went out shopping for it. First ladies usually set fashion trends, but I doubt if anyone will copy the black/red disaster.
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fed_up_mother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:10 PM
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46. That dress would have been great at just about any church function
And probably overdressed at many. However, this is D.C., a quasi government function, and it's cold. I think it would have been safe to assume most women were going to be in suits.
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Sebass1271 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:07 AM
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32. this is what strikes me about michelle and that is why
i was a bit nervous yesterday (and relieved) to see she had chosen the right dress for the ball, but michelle sometimes doesn't know how to select her clothing or whomever is advising needs to step up.. what the hell what this dress she is wearing today for the prayer is about? This flowery dress was not appropriate for the occasion. It is not SPRING or SUMMER, for her to be wearing these strong colors especially those bold designs on the dress.

EVeryone looks professionally dressed and Michelle looks like she is going to a picnic!!..

Michelle, i love you girl, but please, i know you want to look down to earth and stuff, but please, step up!!
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:27 PM
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40. I totally disagree
Today's dress was beautiful. It was predominantly black, with some wisteria and other Asian art motifs on it. It was NOT all summery and light the way some people are describing it. It fit her well (better, I thought, than last night's gown) and made her look great. I'm so glad Michelle is bringing back the dress for professional women.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:25 PM
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60. Exactly - why any woman praises the damn suit
is beyond me. They've always been hideous.
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:48 PM
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77. Totally agree here. That back/red dress was a disaster IMO
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 12:49 PM by WillieW
that she wore during Obama's acceptance was a dress that I still can not figure out. She should find someone else to dress her than a young 26 year old. Before she became first lady, she dressed perfect. The dress she wore on the View appearance was great. Lots of women went shopping for it. But that black/red dress was just odd. First ladies set fashion trends, but not with that number.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:04 AM
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30. I love anything she puts on. :)
:loveya:
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:14 AM
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33. Here's a 'heads up' Hello! Magazine always has the best summaries of these things. nt
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:28 PM
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41. I wasn't sure if I liked it, but as the evening wore on, I got to liking it a lot n/t
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lanlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:43 PM
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42. not sure about the single shoulder strap
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 12:46 PM by lanlady
Would have been nicer I think with no straps or two off-shoulder straps. And the fabric with its little puff balls took some getting used to. Even so, it was beautiful and she looked gorgeous.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:02 PM
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54. Didn't mind the cut, the puff balls challenged me too.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:03 PM
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44. I didn't. There was too much material, it was too long, the strap looked like an after
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 01:05 PM by notadmblnd
thought and when she turned around it made her butt look huge. Michelle is a beautiful woman, she should have worn something that was draped or more from fitting.
I guess I watch too much Project Runway? :shrug:
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:14 PM
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49. The strap REALLY looked like an afterthought
especially from the back

and by Ball #3, the dress was pissing her off...she and everyone else kept stepping on it.....she got the same quick actions I get when trying to adjust clothing inconspicuously when irritated with said clothing

It would have been better if shorter, and no distracting strap
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OnceUponTimeOnTheNet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:36 PM
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63. "especially from the back"
It was not evenly sewn in, in the back. I don't know much about interior dress construction, but it needed more in this area.

Princess Di's dresses were constructed from the inside out, foundation first. I don't see Michelle going that uber expensive route, but some thought to this should be done.

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:10 PM
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47. My wife loved it
and she knows about that sort of thing
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SteelPenguin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:13 PM
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48. It looked like a cake
She pulled it off of course, but I still thought it looked like a big white wedding cake. (we're talking about the one from the Neighborhood Ball right?)
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:01 PM
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76. She and Obama looked like bride and groom.
She in that white gown and Obama in black suit and white bow tie.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:34 PM
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51. Fair enough question
because so many people in this country are programmed to respond to images. And images do have messages. Remember Darth Cheney in the dog sledding gear at the memorial service for Holocaust victims over in Europe?

OK here's what I thought--loved the lemongrass outfit (and also the bold tones of the girls' clothes) for the inaugural. Michelle can wear striking clothes well. Wished she had carried that boldness into the evening gown instead of looking like a Scarlett O'Hara doll.

But maybe that was the point--to look traditional and sweet and not to upstage her husband. It was certainly a huge contrast to the outfit on election day, which I thought was dynamic tho others likened it to a black widow spider). Maybe the point is she dresses to match her moods and isn't too concerned about those who try to put her into a box.

Her style looks like it will be "eclectic." Y'know I don't think fashion is really Michelle's thing. I think she's a nerd at heart, like Hillary Clinton. But her stature and inner beauty will carry her through --no matter what they drape her in.

One thing I don't like--the way American women will NOT wear hats...even when it's below freezing. It just looks silly to me, like they are afraid of losing the "youthful" look of billowing hair. To me it looks like they aren't in touch with outside temperatures and emerge from overheated interiors only when they are forced to rush from one container to another.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:13 PM
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58. Yes, more people should have worn hats in the cold.
Men and women both.

Obama and Biden should have worn the morning coat (black tailcoat with pearl gray waistcoat and black top hat, like JFK did in 1961.

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OnceUponTimeOnTheNet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:42 PM
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64. I was hoping the guys would wear Top Hats. Loved Aretha's hat, Kennedy's, and even Cheney's Fedora.
crazy for hats here.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:28 PM
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61. She loves fashion
She is a girly girl. That's why she'll wear exactly what she wants, with no regard to tradition or fads, unless she wants to regard tradition and fads, like she did with the white dress last night.
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:04 PM
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55. I don't like dresses.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:08 PM
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57. too much fabric at the empire line to the top of the hip.
made her look thick -- i don't why the designer did that.

the colour was great -- loved the one strap thingy -- didn't love the flowers w/ swarovski crystals.
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:51 PM
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66. I Loved it
and she looked great, she is so cut. I also Loved, Loved her daytime get up. First of all it was Chartruese a very fifties color and a color I have in my house and LOVE. The only thing I felt bad about is that that dress didn't follow her properly. Oh well a new designer and she was so cool about it. She made no bones about the fact it was not following her like it should. A couple of times she made a face like help me the dress needs help and the President took it all in stride. I love them both. Sorry for the few out there that are sick of the love-Get over it. I was not here for Kennedy but I've heard of the love And that EVERYONE was crying that day he was shot, right-EVERYONE well in my life this is my Kennedy
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:00 PM
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67. I loved it
Then again, I think she looks gorgeous, no matter what she has on.

She's tall, confident and beautiful. She wears the clothes. They don't wear her.

Julie
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:12 PM
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68. It was awful but she still looked good - no credit to the dress.
Frou frou isn't her style.

Before someone tells me that I'm not a pro, yes that's true... I may not be the editor of Vogue but I did take fashion design at a reputable art college. And I've been thinking about fashion and was constructing designs of my own a whole lot longer than this designer has been breathing.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:58 PM
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70. Doesn't anyone remember how many mistakes Princess Diana made at first?
Especially with "frou-frou" type things? That includes her wedding dress.

After she really understood visuals and her style, her wardrobe was "her" and it was usually fabulous.

In some ways, Michelle is something like her. Tall and strong in her physical presence when she wants to be. Probably classic lines, good fabrics that reproduce well on television and film, and vibrant colors will work for her. It does take some who knows how things "appear" in film and television to provide their input. For most of us, we don't have to worry about that.

And last night's dress may have looked gorgeous in person but when I first saw it I said "bad choice for TV" because of the appliques. Also, the cut and lines of the dress didn't flatter her as much as they could have. There are ways to ensure that lines are slim and flattering but it does take great skill as a designer to learn how to do that. This designer is young and I'm sure he'll figure it out in time.
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:37 PM
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72. Michelle does great almost always,
and I'm sure she'll improve even more as time goes on. I'm not condemning the designer - just saying he isn't experienced enough and this particular dress was a bomb. It happens. Actually, there was a thread here just after the election, wondering about what she'd wear for the balls, and most of the suggestions were exactly right. Too bad Michelle didn't see it.

But it was nice of her to try to advance a new designer. Just not "the right" design.

I love Michelle and I think she has great taste, but this thread asked about this one dress and that's what I think of it.

You make all good points.

The only thing I'd disagree on is Princess Di's wedding dress. I loved it. It was "her" at that age, and was awesome at the time. On somebody else? somewhere else? in another time? No. That was a one person, one time dress - that was the point of it.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:08 AM
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73. good point
Diana and Michelle comparison, yes I get it. Michelle's fashion choices will be judged as Diana's were because they both are such pivotal public figures. Hopefully Michelle will go beyond being a fashion trend setter eventually, as Diana did.
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:59 PM
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78. Diana oh, that wedding dress was about opulence, wealth and different fashion trends in those days
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 01:04 PM by WillieW
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Balbus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:32 PM
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71. She reminds me of John Lithgow's character in...
The World According to Garp.
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