Designers Indulge In Michelle Obama Fashion Fantasies

There can only be one!!! A bevvy of possible gown ideas from Women’s Wear Daily from some clearly interested designers:

Who says these are bleak times? On one matter at least, designers are positively euphoric. That is the Obama presidency, a two-part point of light. While much of the glee centers around the President-elect and his policies, Michelle Obama radiates a powerful style all her own. So step aside, Angelina. You too, Madonna, not to mention the bevy of pop tarts, gossip girls, “High School Musical” grads and even potential Oscar divas, now all suddenly second-tier. The American fashion industry hasn’t had a catch this big since, well, since another icon of Democratic chic took up residency on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1961.

… (J)ust about everyone yearns to dress Michelle, who could raise the profile of American fashion around the world. Yet with the exception of Maria Cornejo, her current favorites, as well as a few majors, declined WWD’s request for sketches. Some are loath to presume to offer unsolicited advice, while others, it seems, are definitely in the Inaugural sweepstakes and prefer, or have been asked, to keep their participation low-pro.

I’m still giddily excited about this and I’m STILL awaiting my Shelly O. doll. Where is it? There are crappy Obama plates and cheesy MLK-BHO velvet portraits but I NEED a Michelle Obama Barbie. I will buy 50. I kid you not. Get cracking!

That said, in the sketches that feature Michelle with the girls I have a little bone to pick. In real life, Malia Obama comes to her mother’s shoulder. Michelle is almost six feet tall. At the rate the 10-year-old is growing she could be either starting for the Los Angeles Sparks or strutting the catwalk for New York’s Fashion Week in about four years. In all the sketches, she and her sister, Sasha, are drawn as if they are typical short children when they are the products of two Amazonian parents. Malia is probably taller than me and I’m 5’3″ and stopped growning 18 years ago. Just a quibbile.

20 thoughts on “Designers Indulge In Michelle Obama Fashion Fantasies

  1. My family and I have been placing bets on what color she will wear to the swearing in and the ball. I can’t wait to see her fab spreads in instyle. I am sure Leon over at Vogue is salivating to be Michelle’s official stylist.

  2. Leon Tally? Okay he’s okay but he hasn’t redeemed himself over the Jennifer Hudson Oscar jacket disaster to me. I agree though MO will be fabulous in whatever. I can’t wait!!!

  3. in my unofficial fashion design opinion, i think the size of the girls is more to demonstrate age appropriateness than actual size. if she was at her mother's shoulder, that would be symbolic of a teenager & different style dress. i love that sketch with the three of them it reminds me of looking through sewing pattern magazines as a child.btw – i'm also in the 5'3" club. i espect my son to be taller than me by 11. 3 more years to boss him around 🙂

  4. Some thoughts:1. I love all Michelle and Malia’s designs from Mizrahi. Sasha – I could go to Sears or JCPenney and find a ‘ Sunday Best’ dress that looks better. 2. Monique Lhuiller – KILLER. Love the red. I’m not crazy about the ruffles, but ruffles don’t scare Michelle Obama. She has the shoulders to kill in this.3. Carolina Herrera – looked like a dress to the Oscars, not the Inauguration. BUT, I bet that Ms. Herrera could design a killer suit for Mrs. O.4. Badgley Micshka – Come on. This for the First Lady, not Beyonce. 5. Betsey Johnson – um, no. 6. Rucci – um, he needed to at least add color. 7. Lagerfeld- no for the dress. YES for the suit. Love the Winter White. 8. Diane Von Furstenberg – I like it. The shoulders would have to be toned down, but Michelle has the body for it. 9. Suwannagate – too fussy. and what’s up with the black top – yuck. 10. Marc Jacobs – no. not enough WOW. 11. Christian LaCroix- ditch the cape, and I’m in love., I do love the American flag purse – cracked me up. 12. LaCroix ruffled neck – don’t like it. 13. LaCroix bow in the back – too fussy14. Kors was so clean. So simple. I like the dress, but don’t love it. 15. DeLa Renta – what’s up with folks having such a hard time with Sasha’s dress? She’s seven. Have none of them ever seen little Black girls dress up in ‘ Sunday Best’? Loved Michelle and Malia’s dresses . No to Sasha’s. 16. Zac Posen – just say no. 17. Zac Posen off the shoulders – getting better, but still no. 18. Tracy Reese – I like it, but don’t love it. Love the color though – killer. 19. Rodarte – three no’s, but huge no’s too the WeeMichelle dresses. 20. Rachel Roy – too simple. 21. Peter Som- I love it for some reason. I don’t really grasp why, but I can see Michelle in it, and me going ‘ sigh’ looking at it on tv. 22. Tahari – don’t like it. 23. Tuleh – Michelle would rock it – the color, and the flow that I think I see in it. 24. Kai Milla – I’m not into the jeweled top look. 25. Nicole Miller – hate the bow. 26. Nicole Miller – I like the dress, but think Mrs. O should be in a suit for the actual inauguration. 27. Reem Acra – they’re killing me with the Sasha dresses. Killing me! Just say no. 28. Reem Acra – just say no. I’m not kidding when I say any middle class Black mother could go into JC Penney or Sears, let alone Bloomingdale’s or Saks, and find better selections for Malia and Sasha than we’ve seen from these designers. 29. Reem Acra for Michelle Obama – I like. Accentuates all the positives of Mrs. O30. Reem Acra – like the White, but 29 is better, IMO31. Badgley Mischka – um, no. not formal enough for the actual Inauguration32. Rucci – no. 33. The Diane Von Furstenberg Suit – I’m in love. The design. The color. OMG, Mrs. O would rock it. 34. Carolina Herrera – classic, but not rocking. 35. LaCroix – give the man credit. He knows FLARE. Damn, this is FLARE. 36. LaCroix – too much flare, and pouffy.37. Zac Posen – still saying no38. Tracy Reese – me like this for the Inauguration. 39. Rachel Roy – no40. Peter Som – I love it. and hope to see it on Michelle Obama one day. But, not at the Inauguration. 41. Tuleh – same as 40. 42. Marc Cornejo – blech.

  5. Damn I think LaCroix said I know she won’t wear these for the Inauguration but maybe later because they are just TOO FAB! I’d wear them…minus that one cape. I was just talking about this on facebook. Some of them are way to dull. I love Betsey but No…just no Bets. In other news did we pull Alan Keyes black card yet? If not, his lawsuit claiming Obama is not a natural born US citizen deserves to get it pulled. YOU LOST IN 2004 SON! GET OVER IT!

  6. Lacroix #13 – WinVon Furstenberg #8 – WinLagerfield #7 – Biggest Win (I love, Love, LOVE Lagerfield – especially for professional women)Mizrahi – OkWill someone PLEASE shoot Betsy Johnson for putting pen to paper while eating a friggin BOMB POP!Personally I want Tuleh #23 and Von Furstenberg #33 for myself. I’m short too at 5’2″ and have to be careful with the length and cut. MO would look STUNNING in Lacroix #35.A LOT of those designs look like they were pulled out of the archives from something designed for Jackie-O. While that’s complimentary, Michelle lives in the 21st century and is so much more than just something pretty on Barack’s arm. (Which is really all Jackie-O was for JFK, she wasn’t a professional woman in her own right like Michelle.)

  7. @greer: Jacqueline KO was no Michelle, but I believe she did indeed have something of a day job–she used to be a reporter and photographer for some outfit.and LMAO at “putting pen to paper while eating a bomb pop”! I knew that fugly thing reminded me of something. It looks like something from the Bad Bridesmaid’s Dress Hall of Fame circa 1976.I don’t know about the MO Barbie. Those fashion doll designers do a HORRID job of reconstructing black women’s faces, and it drives me bonkers. Have you ever seen one black celebrity doll that looked ANYTHING like the woman it was supposed to represent?

  8. I think Mr. LaCroix has a thing for Mrs. Obama.I’m crossing my fingers and praying to god Michelle won’t go rouge-pick a dress without the assistance of a stylist.When she does own thing…well let’s just say…her selections are…unexpected.

  9. @MonicaThat is your opinion. Many women love that way she dresses with no stylist. She has none now,so why should she get one !! That is why that purple Thakoon dress she wore SOLD OUT and the same goes for the J.Crew yellow outfit, and the Narcisco R. dress. They all sold out when many women had different opinions about them. She has none now,so why should she get one !!

  10. Somewhere along the line, the list went from 42 to 40. It looks like 29 and 30, both Reem Accra got the axe.That #5 Betsey Johnson shiggety shoulda been the FIRST one to go!!

  11. Im all over the Marc Jacobs!!! the DVF one was pretty nice too (but i really don’t want to see MIchelle in white!) I want some color!Either way, im sure it will be great, and i can’t wait!!as to the sketch references of the girls, I really don’t think it was a big deal that they were sketched that way, it really was about getting the essence of little girls, maybe a little over sensitive on that one….

  12. ok, some of the dresses are hot. i’m loving one with the bright colors on her and the girls! anyhue, i’d like to know what her shoes will look like! i always, always pay attention to the shoes FIRST! yes, the ball gown will be long, but i still think they’ll be just as hot!

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