Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Are you sitting down? I'm about to write in defense of Michelle Obama

I know: I can hardly believe it myself.

Michelle Obama's wardrobe has inspired a lot of breathless praise in the media, that Narciso Rodriguez fantase dans la clef d'Black Widow notwithstanding. However, not everyone is happy with her sartorial choices:


The Black Artists Association is chiding FLOTUS for not choosing any African-American designers.


Isn't there something insulting about any group of people bawling like newly-weaned calves about the raiment of a woman who's only been First Lady for 7 blasted days? The mere fact that this group takes umbrage at MO's fashions seems to indicate they believe Michelle's husband-- at least in part-- is POTUS due to his racial makeup, and she should dance with the ones wot brung her. Ironic, much? I wonder if the Obamas take umbrage at such presumptuousness? They should do.

I am pleased that in recent days MO seems to be making style selections which are more classic and elegant in nature than at times prior to the inauguration. She will have many hundreds of formal appearances over the next 4 years. I have no doubt that sooner or later, she's probably going to don she then her gay apparel designed by just about every ethnic group.

Why should she be beholden to any group of designers? Why can't she wear what she likes, what fits her well and what she deems appropriate to the occasion? Why can't she choose her garments by the content of their couture and not by the color of the person whose name is on the label?

8 comments:

Mauser*Girl said...

DH, who previously worked at the White House when in the Army Honor Guard, informs me that FLOTUS picks garments from a selection presented to her by stylists. So it's more their limited choices of designers that's to blame, not hers.

Old NFO said...

Just wait, it will get worse... :-)

DirtCrashr said...

I think the black-widow dress really lets us know about her personality and inner-landscape...

Becky said...

What a great strategy for them -- insult her and then she'll really want to do what you ask!

Buck said...

I'm less than interested in couture... but even I noticed all the snark about MO's sartorial elegance or lack of same, depending on who one reads.

Meh. This whole first week... and EVERYTHING about it... has been frickin' Shakespearean, to my way of thinking. What EVER happened to "No drama Obama?"

MiniKat said...

It will indeed get worse. I don't know which is more irritating: prattle about the British monarchy or prattle about the First Family's every hiccup.

And those stupid dolls depicting the two little girls make me ill. I want to smack someone.

Rabbit said...

FLOTUS?

I thought that was from a diet high in broccoli, legumes, and pasta.

rickn8or said...

That Woman has a face made for a frown; I have no interest at all in what she wears.