So here I am with an Unexpectedly Hott assignment, wondering what the heck I think is worthy of that second t these days when, like divine intervention, the night before my post is due, it appeared in vivid color across the 600 million-inch flatscreen the sigOth talked me into:
Or, shall I say: Michelle Obama in Narciso Rodriguez.
We're talking First Lady with an empasis on the sssssss in "First."
Now granted she didn't wear it precisely the way it was originally worn on the runway by some size -22 waif. And indeed there have been plenty of, er, vocal dissenters on the fashion blogs taking issue with her choice. But I'm siding with Alisa Gould-Simon of Black Book in calling it "her most commendable fashion statement" yet.
Indeed Michelle could have gone conservative Beltway. She could have taken the safe route with some lame-o matching jacket and skirt, or some simple sheath dress with (yawn) pearls so that the entire fashion press could tap their white-goved fingers delicately against their palms in approval. Instead, she took a chance with this zingy little number, some freeflowing locks, and, I think, a glimpse at her youth, energy, and independent streak.
I don't think it's coincidence that the Obamas were all clad in red instead of blue either.
The look was urban, it was fashion-forward, it was the embodiment of change in the White House. And if it's not disrespectful, to call you Unxpectedly Hott Michelle, well, it was. I'm predicting a lot of red and black at holiday parties in the coming weeks.
So what say you? Hott or nott? (And nottsayers, do your best to be clever without being cruel, I know you can do it.)
-Liz Gumbinner is a contributing editor to BeautyHacks and the co-editor of Cool Mom Picks
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