I really wanted to avoid this topic like the plague quite honestly. Yet, people have been asking why I have not posted any comment on Michelle Obama‘s election night ‘dress.’ Truth is, when I found out it was a Narciso Rodriguez dress the first thing I thought was, ‘thank God for Chicago designer Maria Pinto it wasn’t her design.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘Narciso must be pissed.’ But props for the Chicago Bulls colors (red & black).
Truth is I love everything Narciso Rodriguez designs so this pains me probably as much as this negative publicity does him. I was actually at the designer’s Spring ’09 show and I still did not recognize the dress as his when I first saw it. Then again, if you look at the picture comparison above, it doesn’t really look like the same dress.
For one, there is a whole lot more fabric and therefore, red in Michelle’s. The pretty sheer skirt detail is missing entirely (which is probably how it will go to market). The dress did not fit Michelle properly (a stylist should have fixed this) and the satin banding cut her the wrong places making her look larger than she really is. Narciso Rodriguez dresses are meant to be worn very fitted. Satin also reflects light which can show lumps on camera. Lastly, if she was chilly and just grabbed that little black cardigan at the last minute, it was a fashion-faux-pas with the styling of that particular dress. It threw the proportions off entirely.
Michelle managed to make the dress look almost pedestrian. It was a risk that did not pay off. Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned and Michelle Obama has been scorned about this dress ad nauseam. There, I said it. Ouch.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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