A style state of emergency for the first lady
We recently commented in these pages that Michelle Obama appears to be spinning out of sartorial control.
We regret to report that her descent into fashion confusion seems to be accelerating.
Consider the photo of her in London’s Daily Mail as she left Westminster Abbey on Tuesday. No need for us to describe it when you can see it here for yourself in this story. It was all wrong, from the frumpy layered cardigans to the belted kindergarten tunic over black pants.
When the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority made Mrs. Obama an honorary sister last year, it would have been great if the sisters also had conferred on her some of their exquisite taste and impeccable style.
Bad as it was, the abbey outfit wasn’t her only fashion transgression in recent days. Rewind back to last week, when she was on program but ended up not attending the annual celebration in Washington, D.C. honoring civil-rights legend Dorothy Height, who is 97 years old.
In a videotaped message to the immaculately dressed assembly, Mrs. Obama wore what appeared to be a casual look. The informal garb added insult to injury, and Mrs. Height could hardly hide her disappointment that neither the president nor his wife had come.
As usual, Mrs. Height was lovely in one of her trademark hats. One can only hope that she lives to attend the event next year and that the Obamas seize the opportunity to redeem themselves.
In the meantime, Mrs. Obama’s inner circle needs to declare a fashion state of emergency and bring in someone who can deliver a style stimulus package fit for a first lady. Now, that’s a bailout the American public is likely to get behind.