Adding to the great list of people who’ve commented on First Lady Michelle Obama’s clothes to a wide, Mrs. O loving audience who doesn’t give a rip is designer Vivienne Westwood.
I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her. Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether. It just has to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous. That’s what fashion is there for. It’s there to help, not just to make you look more conservative.
My theory is always the designers who “hate” Mrs. O’s fashion are the one’s Mrs.O doesn’t wear. Oscar de La Renta famously threw a fit after being the go-to guy for several First Lady’s and Mrs. O had the gall to wear European designers when she visited Europe. But Mrs. Obama has mostly preferred ready-to-wear by lines such as White House Black Market, J. Crew and many designers of color, like Thankoon, Jason Wu and Tracey Reese.
Mrs. Obama largely wears lesser known American designers and buys from American labels, so all this is really a bunch of shaaaaaade from designers who know Mrs. O is a style icon and bristle at not getting to be part of this All-American fashion party by virtue of their pricey, European status.
Fashion, as in the high art end of fashion, is supposed to be aspirational. The First Lady is tall, built like an Amazonian and highly aspirational, yet she doesn’t deign to wear their rags so instead of “getting it” (she’s an American, our economy is crappy, so she’s buying American, besides … um … it’s her life. First Lady does what she wants to do), they’ve chosen the sour grapes route.
You’re already rich. You got Lady Gaga to wear you stuff. Let it go, honey. Your privilege is showing.