Michelle Obama is our official American ambassador to the Olympics, which is a tough job only if you consider sitting through sporting events and hugging famous athletes a tough job. It’s an enviable task, obviously, especially the part where she gets to rub elbows with all manner of awesome and crazy folks who have come from across the globe to get drunk and find hookers in the streets of London in honor of the proud tradition of international sporting competition.
Where Michelle Obama normally hits the skids, of course, is matching the style and grace of other world leaders. They Obama’s might be a lot of things, but well-informed diplomats they have never been, especially when it comes to dressing appropriately for major state occasions. Which is why, though Michelle Obama splashed out more than the average American makes in a month on this silver-embroidered J. Mendel formal top, at least she finally looks appropriate for meeting royalty.
A shimmering Michelle Obama wowed Buckingham Palace in a captivating, all-white embroidered jacket that retails for $6,800 — inflaming British hearts and fueling debate back home about the price of beauty in perilous economic times.
The First Lady who put middle-market J.Crew on the fashion map turned to the ultraluxe, Park Avenue-style femininity of J. Mendel for the London soiree held at Queen Elizabeth’s pad before opening Olympic ceremonies Friday night.
Michelle looks good in bright colors and whites, and this outfit uses some of her natural assets to create a clean, flattering figure. Credit where credit is due, though I’m still not sure she owns a reliable mirror. There’s a recurring problem in celebrity fashion called “forgetting your outfit has anything other than a front” wherein celebrities – you guessed it – neglect to consider their ensemble from more than the side they see when they stare lovingly at themselves. In this case, Michelle’s tailoring is slightly off on the skirt, making it hang lower in the center than on the sides, which might be a result of the crazy hip-guards that her top features.
But you know what? I’m willing to forgive. Because she’s not showing shoulders, she’s not flaunting her arms, she looks demure and classy and like she’s married to the leader of the free world. And if I have to spend $6800 of my own money, which could have gone to purchasing canned food and shotguns for the imminent collapse of the American economy and ensuing fight to preserve humanity against the encroaching forces of the wilderness, you know what? I’m totally willing to do it.