Today's New York Times "Sunday Styles" section has an article on Michelle Obama's style titled "She Dresses to Win".
I loved the classic rich purple sheath in the top photo, stunning against her skin. The dress was made by former Geoffrey Beene assistant Maria Pinto (channeling the master), and cost $900 (US dollars).
The pink/grey combination (below) includes an Alaia belt.
Because she favours oversized pearls, the article compares her to Barbara Bush, though clearly Michelle Obama's model is Jackie Kennedy.
She will hold the world's eye through the campaign with the same assured elegance. She has great posture and moves with energy. There's none of the stiffness or jacket-patting fidget that plagues Laura Bush's appearances.
Barbara Bush was 64 by the time she entered the White House, entrenched in her conservative Texan grande dame look. Unfortunately (as she often joked), the presidency aged her far faster than her husband. Her pearls were a ploy to disguise her neck.
But in her youth, Barbara Bush was a bombshell.