Now that we’ve seen the evening wear competition, Michelle Obama‘s quirky fashion unsense must be giving Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the First Lady of France, some food for thought.
Carla was in no danger of being out-classed by Michelle’s coat, which looked like it might have been a gift from Queen Elizabeth straight out of her late mother’s closet. Michelle can pull off loud prints, but that pussy bow (yes, that’s what they’re called) put it over the top for fussy. Carla’s similar bow, on the other hand, looked trés chic with her simple gray coat.
Michelle scored points with patent-leather kitten heels (my favorite, naturally). Carla’s flats were Dior, but price isn’t what counts. Flats with any dress look dowdy.
Once the coats came off, Michelle’s fuschia dress was fabulous. With her sleek hairdo and large, friendly presence, Michelle made Carla seem almost limp and mousy.
That evening there was a NATO function in Baden Baden, Germany. Michelle’s sleeveless, full skirted frock wasn’t bad, although a bit girlish for her age.
But Carla hit it out of the park, achieving just the right quietly elegant tone with a modest, yet stunning, black dress and contrasting evening bag.
After Michelle’s get-ups in England, I expected Carla to mop the floor with her, but it didn’t happen. However, it could have been a fashion blood-bath if Michelle hadn’t had the good sense to lose the Marge Simpson beads and the cardigans.