For her second trip to France, Michelle Obama left the bedspreads on the beds. Instead, she and France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, both channeled the angels by wearing white dresses to the D-Day commemoration.
Michelle didn’t gamble with another getup whipped up on spec. She played it safe with New York chic; a Narciso Rodriguez coat over a Michael Kors dress.
Carla wore a short black coat over a simple Dior dress with an inventively folded neckline. A petite black belt complemented her dainty figure, and she traded the usual Maria Von Trapp flats for kitten heels.
Unfortunately, Michelle indulged her weakness for glitz before dark, wearing silver Jimmy Choos that were lovely, but too frivolous for a daytime ceremony honoring the dead.
And who could take their eyes off that wide silver belt cinched within inches of Michelle’s armpits? It was by Givenchy, and seems destined to become a must-have for women who aspire to look like a dumpy dominatrix on any occasion.
Poor Sarah Brown, the British prime minister’s wife. Obviously, nobody told her it was a competition, so she showed up looking appropriate, yet plain. Someone please get her a 3-way mirror and steer her to the proper size.
Later, sightseeing in Paris with Malia and Sasha, Michelle showed French women she also knows her way around a scarf by draping a lovely one around her neck.
Both first ladies definitely upped their fashion game, but I give this round to Carla.