When I went to the US in 2007 I saw people campaigning for Obama, and I thought to myself "heh, not a chance!". Which shows you what I know.
But I didn't know about the Michelle factor back then.
I admit that I was intrigued when the drop dead gorgeous tv host-sewist-blogger Lovely at That's Sew Live showed this pretty dress that Michelle wore on daytime tv. Lovely always finds the best dress patterns. (Hi Lovely, how you doing? How's that baby girl. Hope she's sleeping well).It was a Donna Ricco dress. Bet it sold out fast.
and now there is this pattern, by Butterick, so you could make one of your own. I hope Ms Ricco got a good pay day out of that. I could whip that up, instead of just blogging about it, and have a perfect work wardrobe.
I confess, I've been visiting this blog....Mrs O which is dedicated to what the woman is wearing. I love most of her clothes. They're classic and stylish, and there's usually a little zing, in the form of the unexpected....you know, with a costume jewellery broach, or a great colour. Actually, what it showed me at first was how danged hard she was working with appearances and speeches and all. Gee and all those meetings with a stylist and designers too....must be hell.
I liked what she told the New York Times.
“[President Mr. O]’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.”
See this pretty cardigan. It came from J Crew. It was only $298, but it's sold out.
In "Devil Wears Prada" there's a great scene......I can't find a link that works "in my region" cos of copywrite issues, so you'll have to read the script:
Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y'know, it's just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y'know, I'm still learning about all this stuff.
Miranda Priestly: This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.
It's a good scene, in a surprisingly good chick flick kinda thing. Love Meryl Streep. But it's a similar thing, in a circular kindof way, now I'm able to have what she's wearing, influenced by designers. They'll all be from the US no doubt.
Anyway.....I'm totally over the Michelle thing now.
How dare my hicksville city newspaper give such space to the debate about Michelle showing her arms (in this world where teenagers are encouraged by the designers to be showing their cleavage to the max in thigh long dresses...wtf?), and showing me what she wore to meet the Queen and good golly Michelle actually touched the soverign person! And my tinpot tv station with its poor excuse for a news bulletin ... how dare they devote part of the bloody broadcast to the fashion-icon- first-lady-heartwarming-rubbish. That isn't news.
Tell me the details of the G20 meeting for goodness sake. Who was there besides Michelle hmm? And what about that major drivers of crime summit at the Beehive on Friday...hmmm? With 100 Non Government Organisations attending I bet they came up with something didn't they? but is it in the news? NO! Just a few words from a Ministers speech.
So now you know the worst. I'm still obsessed with what to wear, and I love fashiony blogs and I watch shallow movies (and remember parts of them too), but I'd like a little substance in my 'news' please.