Skip to comments.Mrs Obama goes vintage
Posted on 11/08/2010 4:32:49 PM PST by Indy Pendance
Since her arrival in India on Saturday, US First Lady Michelle Obamas 1960s look has become the talk of the town. On Sunday morning, Michelle visited a school in Mumbai with husband, President Barack Obama, wearing an outfit reminiscent of 1960s style icon, former first lady, Jackie Kennedy. On her arrival in India, she wore a grey silk tunic, which was akin to the 1960s styles of designer labels Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
She has been dressing right on trend with these 60s- inspired looks. Like the floral printed skirt she wore as she played hopscotch. The thin belt with it was also vintage, says designer Jenjum Gadi.
Its not just her clothes, even her hairdo is toeing the vintage line. The slight bouffant type volume on top is undoubtedly a modern interpretation of the big hairdos from the 60s, says hair stylist Rod Anker.
Her style in India has been a mix of old world charm and comfort. Its her own original interpretation of it, says designer Suneet Varma. He points that while her outfits are not as sharply tailored as Jackie Os, they are equally glamorous.
So, if Jackie wore pencil skirts and Chanel jackets, Mrs O has gone in for easier silhouettes like skirts, and day dresses. This has also helped make the Indian public be at ease with her, adds Varma.
And, like every other true-blue fashionista, Michelle also mixes designer pieces with affordable labels. One of her outfits on Saturday, included a moss olive lace top from pret label J Crew, which costs approximately Rs 5,000.
The fact that she doesnt always wear designer labels is why she has become such a style icon, says jewellery designer Pieter Erasmus.
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Cant I just invite Obama home? Im a great chef, Id cook some great Indian food for him Kareena Kapoor
Its wonderful to have Obama come and speak to the youth...His Taj speech was dignified and sensitive Rahul Bose
Id like to ask him about recession, it affects everyone the man in New York to a dacoit in Meerut Neha Dhupia
LOL. you NAILED it! :-D
Too be fair who here wants their high school yearbook pictures published online? At the same time did she REALLY have to go with the WWE belt?
Separated at birth? UNCANNY! :)
Off to Barry Soetoro's adopted homeland ...
Reuters Pictures 51 minutes ago U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) walks with Kristiani Herawati, wife of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at Istana Merdeka in Jakarta, November 9, 2010.
Reuters Pictures 1 hour ago U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono alongside first ladies Michelle Obama (L) and Kristiani Herawati at an arrival ceremony at the State Palace-Istana Merdeka in Jakarta November 9, 2010.
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The red/black ensemble fits her body type better; not really what I would think of as day wear, but it is fitted properly unlike most stuff she wears. It appears to be made from synthetics which would drive me bonkers as I would be one gigantic static electricity discharge waiting to happen; maybe they've grounded her some how.
Comparing her to Jackie O is just ludicrous.
Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!
The Green (Teal, err...???) Jimmy Choo Immaculation shoes are on the trip!!!
Anyone else think there are ‘hash’ marks on the box to represent how many times they have been worn?
She was thinking...."That's a man, baby!"
The GREEN shoes!! From the inauguration!! I spotted them, too!! Methinks when Moochelle wears them, she is signaling secretly to someone, somewhere. In the past, my guess has been that she’s signaling, “Bring me a triple martini, STAT!!” but your guess is as good as mine because these shoes never MATCH anything!!
And that dress that ties at the back of the neck—it looks like a hospital gown!!!
I guess she couldn't get them in a universal color or we wouldn't know when she wears them!
Well, she’s lost it again. I thought that she looked outstanding in the grey & silver silk in India, but WHAT is that uglly redbrocade with flowing (baggy) black pants number all about? And the grey day dress is just ugly.
No need for photoshop. moochelle is doing it all on her own. Give her a few more days and the transformation will be complete.
The red/back ensemble looks better than most of what she wears. Waiting to see how long before we see the red worn as a dress.
The Jimmy Choo’s!!!
Reminds me of this Will & Grace clip ..
Zero seems to have 3 facial expressions: Supercilious, Angry, and Befuddled.
My back hurts just looking at her posture.
As always, she over accessorizes. And, don’t get me started on that lace fringe hanging from the hem. She is too old and big of a woman to wear stuff like that. ;)
Gunny sacks are in - who knew :P
They used to actually hide knives, dope and who knows what else in those Afro do’s.
They're cutting the trip short and coming back to America already?
VINTAGE! Reminiscent of Lucy Ricardo. :D
I wonder if those are the pants she wore with the Elvis velvet jacket the other night?
I was really worried the ugly green shoes couldn't make the trip /sarc
"Separated at Birth" will keep me laughing all day!
Vintage also could mean: characteristic, typical, pure, prime, trademark.
In a sentence, “She wore vintage Michelle.” Which, if you think about it, might be the method the adoring media uses to hold their noses.
If the designer had just continued the same fabric on bottom as on the top, that would have been a flattering dress - fish scales? Oh and I see this WIG finally got to go out on the town! Whohoo
She has no sense of when to wear day wear and when to wear evening clothes. This might be okay if she took the pants off.
Reuters Pictures 1 hour ago U.S. first lady Michelle Obama winks at another guest at the head table as she participates in a state dinner for her husband President Barack Obama at Istana Merdeka in Jakarta, November 9, 2010.
Any sewers here, old-school dressmakers who know their way with a french curve and a sewing machine?
This is like a joke that a designer is playing on MO.
“Though shalt not covet ...”
Indians are far too polite to publicly criticize the FLOTUS. You know the Indian Head Bobble? The one that usually means “no, but I’m too polite or too deferential to say so”? I’m guessing there was a lot of that going on.
IT DOESN’T GO! THE TOP AND BOTTOM DON’T GO!!!
Jackie Kennedy’s style was timeless. Michelle doesn’t even understand the concept.
LOL! I don't think Michelle could pull off a pencil skirt.
Thanks for the ping, maggief! I guess it's catty but I love these threads. :)
I really shouldn't be drinking, since I am about 5 months along..oh wait....
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NO WAY this mutt is ever going to be another Jackie Kennedy.
More like Jackie OMG!
That’s a signal to the waiter that says: “Refill the water glass with vodka.”
MO will never come close to JK’s class. my father did not like their politics. I was to young at the time. But a socialist obamas are, democrats they are NOT
Like Jackie O - in what alternative universe?
Channeling Diana Ross?
Those pics have it all - a sweatshirt dress AND a boob belt - what a fashion icon!
The idiot journalists are too young to know what Jackie looked like and too dumb to look up old pictures, they are trying to convince the other dummies that M looks like Jackie, they think just because they say so it MUST BE SO.
I figured it was, I just haven’t seen it. :)
I wore a gunny sack dress in 1976 for my junior year homingcoming dance. They were the rage 34 years ago.
I could say something but it wouldn’t be nice so I will use extreme self control and keep my thoughts to myself.
I’m from the old school. That gray dress would have failed my junior high home ec class. PS, I know french curves AND seams.
This is a brilliant costume for Halloween. Our First Mermaid.
What’s with the macrame on the back of her cream colored dress? It actually doesn’t look bad from the front, but it looks like she could hitch a few horses with the ropes all down the back. Can’t she wear anything NORMAL???
Also, the pantsuit — she should have worn a solid color on top, and the dress part should have only been knee length. Not a bad idea, but the patterned, too-tight, too-long dress doesn’t work.
He looks like somebody stuck a rod up his spine.