In 31 years, I've never watched more than a 10 second clip of a presidential inauguration. Why would I? Every president who has taken office during my lifetime has felt pretty removed from my reality. As a first generation American, I am about as removed as you can get from the world of D.C. politics as usual.
All these presidents have been older, whiter men to whom frankly I felt no connection. They were little more than figureheads, men I couldn't really relate to, politicians I didn't particularly trust. The inauguration of a new President has never actually affected MY life. Until today. Today a new day dawned - on so many levels.
A lovely young family took the next step in their journey before the eyes of the world.
Today a beautiful, graceful black man became my president!!! And a poised, brilliant black woman, my First Lady!!! I feared Dr. King would have to wait a long time to see this part of his dream realized. Have never been more happy to be wrong.
Today youth, intelligence and elegance returned to the White House. AT LAST ;)
Today I changed. I realized my entire adult life has been defined by feeling ashamed of my country's president. And that shame had lead to apathy and cynicism.
But today I saw new possibilities. I felt child-like and giddy. I felt hope. I felt part of something bigger than myself. I felt proud to be an American.
Only one thing on earth could have made this day even better: Peaches!!! YAYAYYAY!
Took him to his namesake restaurant for dinner: Animal. He loooooooooved the food. Phew. This piggie is one tough critic.
Not much to worry about at Animal though. After all, their signature chocolate crunch dessert is flavored with BACON.
And his new Varvatos leather jacket - delish.
Fashion District jacket
Robert Rodriguez pants
Forever 21 red leopard bangles
Marc Jacobs zipper earrings
Narcisco Rodriguez heels
O for Obamarama
Got myself a t-shirt to match my mom's yesterday. Felt linked to her all day long - fashion twinsie style.
Added these shoes to the all black outfit because A) they are Narcisco who designed Michelle's election night dress and B) red felt patriotic today - duh!
Jill Biden was feeling red all day too. Looked stunning in her Reem Acra goddess evening gown. A+
And in her red sassy coat paird with cool black boots during the day. On the other hand, with the weight of the fashion world on her shoulders, Michelle took a less traditional, safe direction. She definitely stood out in her lemongrass Isabel Toledo ensemble and green Jimmy Choos.
Truth be told: Not my favorite look on her. I feel terrible but I have to give the new First Lady a C+. Sure, it was understated and elegant but it was also matronly and at times, looked ill fitting on her figure.
Plus the color is a tough one for most women to pull off. Many called the color hopeful. Which I guess it is. But I had dreamed of seeing her in a bolder color. This one on Beyonce is in the same family but would have looked so much more flattering.
A saturated gorgeous one the color of Malia's JCrew coat would've also been ADORE.
I heart Michelle in purple.
I heart Michelle in purple.
Would have also LOOOOOVED this stunning camel colored Narcisco Rodriguez that she wore a few days ago. Beyond chic. So modern and striking.
The whole look - pastel color, cardigan, quarter length morning coats - seemed very referrential. Possibly to the Kennedy era. Didn't feel like the outfit a Harvard educated woman would wear in 2008. Felt more about projecting an image then communicating who she is. Hopefully Mrs. O will get a better balance between the two in the future. (Listen to NYTimes' Cathy Horn comment on Michelle's oufit - she makes some excellent nuanced observations.)
Nevertheless, I was very excited about serveral aspects of the daytime fashion choices. First of all, I totally appreciate that Michelle sacrificed comfort for style and hoofed around all day in heels instead of flats. Jimmy Choo heels at that. Also love that she donned a bold statement necklace. And that the texture of the ensemble was lace-like.Very Spring 2009 runway. Perfectly on trend without being trendy.
Mrs. Obama also gets an A+ for choosing a well respected if a bit avant garde designer who happens to be Cuban-American. Made my Latina fashionista heart pitter patter.
Especially because Isabel is married to my beloved Rueben Toledo, the fashion illustrator . Adoooooooore his Nordstrom ad campaigns.
Spent most of the afternoon in agony awaiting the evening's dress. And when I saw the Jason Wu dress I must admit I was disappointed...ahgain. Not a great fit on her figure. The waist felt off - should have hit a touch lower or higher. Had also been hoping for something sleek and modern. Instead we got flowing and romantic. Would have prefered something jewel toned and powerful instead of virginal and demure. But again she gets major props from me on her fashion know-how.
Winter white: check!
Rosette detailing: Check!
Can't believe we have a First Lady who can wear an asymmetrical dress with the edginess of Rihanna.
The elegance of Ashley
And the sexiness of J LO.
Can't believe there's now a fashionista in the White House who chooses designs by the winner of the 2008 Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award, a 26 year-old born in Taipei who few in the mainstream know anything about.