My catty attitude toward Michelle Obama’s clothes has good company. Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang agree the First Lady needs help.
De la Renta told Women’s Wear Daily, “you don’t… go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater.”
The haute couture crowd is miffed at being passed over, but Michelle isn’t necessarily behind it. Keep reading…
But first, let me dismiss complaints that Michelle wears the same thing twice. That’s going overboard. She’s not in a movie. Normal people don’t wear disposable clothes.
However, somebody PLEASE confiscate that black dominatrix belt she loves, wearing it across her white bow blouse over a wide-open cardigan like she wants to look fat.
Just when Michelle seems stylistically clueless, the New York Times reveals she has a long-time fashion mentor: Chicago boutique owner Ikram Goldman.
Ikram now plays go-between with designers so they never hear directly from Michelle what she wants. It’s a weird setup.
The designers make clothes blind, having no idea if Michelle will like or ever wear them. Designer Maria Cornejo has made 8 suits, 3 coats, and 3 dresses. Jason Wu, creator of that white one-shoulder inaugural gown covered with used dryer sheets, did it in exchange only for the glory of having the dress in the Smithsonian.
And many of the relatively obscure designers Ikram solicits happen to be sold in Ikram’s boutique, so they really have no choice but to play her little games.
Can you say “conflict of interest?”
Under the circumstances, I don’t blame Oscar and Vera for being peeved.