Ever since Michelle Obama wore that red Alexander McQueen gown to the state dinner with the Chinese president, fashion pubs have been in a tizzy debating whether or not this was her best choice. Oscar de la Renta told WWD that he believes the first lady should be supporting American designers. For the record, she does. However, he asserted that she should have chosen that particular event to do so, rather than opting for the design of a British designer. She wasn’t even promoting American-Chinese trade (imbalanced as it is) by wearing something by a Chinese designer. “Blasphemy!” Really guys?
Let’s look at the facts. She looked great (all agreed?). The design didn’t have a) an American flag plastered on it, b) a Chinese flag plastered on it, or c) a British flag plastered on it. While the dress was red, does that mean she was giving an approving nod to the communist ways of the Chinese? Um, I doubt it. The color could have been navy, purple or green and still looked great with the design that I read somewhere to be described as “streaky floral.”
All of the debate surrounding this one sartorial choice has be wondering the same thing as Cathy Horyn of the NYT. Do we care too much about her fashion to even look at the positive things she’s doing with her post? I’m just as guilty as everyone else, fawning over her savvy Michael Kors dress paired with Alaia belts and J. Crew cardigans outfits. If you have time it’s worth reading both the NYT blog from Horyn and an article from the Economist that she links to in that blog. Both have important points of view that ought be considered after what we just witnessed unfold thanks to WWD, the CFDA and Oscar de la Renta.
Today I really want to impress the office with my styling because Anna has another visit today. And I bought these new booties this weekend, so I want a great outfit to wear them with.
More snow today, maybe that’s why I’m opting for a floral cardi… It may also be that we just got first bounds for the March 2011 issue, and between that and April layouts I’m looking at lots of spring clothes. I’m preemptively going there.
The photo caught me mid-smile, not my best look right? Le sigh. Minus the boots I’ve been wearing constantly, today will be the first day I wear a pair of flats – rejoice! That is after I change out of my snow boots, curtesy of the blizzard I woke up to.
One of my biggest dilemmas for getting dressed up in New York every morning is the tug of war between dressing for the weather or my office. And by that I mean what do I wear when it’s ridiculously cold outside(10 degrees, feels like -2?!?!), but my office is kept really warm. Also on particularly sunny days, like this one, my office feels even warmer. Here’s hoping this outfit is the cure!
On a different note, my bangs are in desperate need of trimming – and I’m not brave enough to do it myself. A friend suggested I go to Dvir in Brooklyn, but in the chance that they don’t have any availability this week does anyone have suggestions?! You’d really move up on my list of favorite people if you hooked me up!
Regardless of how cold it is, when the sun comes out I just feel more inspired to dress cuter. In addition to that, however, after my internship a group of us are attending an event at MoMA (complete with cocktails – doesn’t that just sound like something Carrie and the girls would do?). And even further incentive is that I heard Anna Wintour may be moving her visit to the Teen Vogue offices up to today or tomorrow. I won’t be meeting her, but knowing that she’ll possibly see me (I’ll be on the other side of a wall of windows) has me wanting to look my best – and then some!
This is most likely one of my favorite outfits, but I probably look unhappy because the weather outside looks miserable; I am not looking forward to heading into the city in this mess. Today will also be my first time to do it like a true working girl – switching shoes when I get there. Today’s weather calls for my snow boots, which so don’t go with this look.