So then what? It’s not like I was the only one.
I think the majority of the world (ah, qualification: fashion world) was waiting for bright color from Michelle last night.
At least we got it from Malia and Sacha right down to those tiny, terrific tights.
The French TV dissed the dress while the absolutely charming blog, Mrs O fell in love with it.
(I must say President and Mrs. Obama look gorgeous together, and the way he looks at her gives one another kind of hope.)
As for the Isabel Toledo ensemble, it looked lime, not lemon on my TV. A lot going on there. . .
I have one (well actually several, but I’ve always found in the long haul it’s best to measure one’s gut reactions and try to hold them in for a day or two before formulating a diplomatic way to express them) thing to say about coats without buttons in freezing cold temperatures: Don’t.
A coat without buttons, theoretically worn in the first place to offer warmth on a frigid, wildly windy day, is a constant annoyance. It’s the outdoor equivalent of the strapless dress that has to be hiked up all eveing.
A fashion “observer” on CNN, at some ungodly hour my time this morning, even suggested he thought the one-shoulder detail on Mrs. O’s Jason Wu gown was added as an after thought for just that reason. Another fashion expert said au contraire the dress was designed just the way it was.
Not that anyone cares, but I think when one will be walking in a parade; standing outside for photo-ops or prefers doing other things with her hands than constantly closing the flapping sides on her “outerwear” as we used to say at WWD; buttons are an excellent solution. Belts work too, but you have to be really, really thin to pull off a belt OVER a coat.
I have a fascination with buttons and although I am the least clever human being one could find when it comes to crafty creations, I know if I can sew on a button, anyone can sew on a button. I used to worry about the underside, but have discovered over the years that not once has anyone ever turned over one of mine to see if the back was smooth and knot free.
Beautiful buttons change everything and can be changed all the time. I just discovered recentlythere are button collection clubs. Why not? (No I’m not and no, I have no intention of joining.)
I actually know someone who collects rubber bands. (Don’t ask.)
This I do have to ask: What was Aretha Franklin thinking? We know — assume — she doesn’t have a stylist, but doesn’t she own a mirror?
And finally, error number two on my part: My French source who told me Malia and Sacha would be wearing Bon Point was certainly off the mark. A little voice in my head told me “that can’t possibly be true — surely they’ll be wearing American clothes,” but I rarely listen to those little voices these days which is the bane of my life. But that’s another story. . .