Met Gala Countdown: That Time Karen Elson Shut It Down
April 28, 2017, 10:11 am
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Karen Elson. Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda.

2015 Met Gala: “China: Through The Looking Glass.”

Look, there’s only one right way to approach The Met Gala, OK?

Total Carpet Shut-Down. Behold, Karen Elson:


The Making Of. 

The bodice adornments were applied on the body. Mindful of risking Karen’s fair complexion and red hair veering too far into Elizabethan territory, her glam squad avoided high hair, white-out paint and the centered cupid’s bow. They instead gave her a modern touch via sleek hair, a slightly-winged eye and full lip, rather than replicating Karen as Queen Elizabeth by Kevyn Aucoin, below right.

The Carry-Off.

This was a whole lot of look, that could have gone wrong in less capable hands. Karen carried it with a mix of regal air, humor, ease, and joy.     And she Shut. It. Down.


February 26, 2015, 4:38 pm
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Carolina Herrera

I especially love the bows where the straps meet the bodice.

Michelle Obama Carolina Herrera

Michael Kors

 Hot pink, a great necklace and sleek hair.

Michelle Obama Michael Kors


Michelle Obama Michael Kors 3


Michelle Obama Michael Kors 2


Michelle loves her J.Crew – – and they love her for it!

And I love a FLOTUS who gets down with some high-low fashion.

You think Laura Bush has the modern sensibility to do H&M and J.Crew?

Yeah, no.

Michelle Obama J Crew

Peter Soronen

This is a woman who loves her statement necklaces —

 And knows how to deploy them.

Michelle Obama Peter Soronen

Calvin Klein

Because *chartreuse*, dahlings!

Michelle Obama Calvin Klein


Bringing that signature Halston 70’s flavor.

The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Michelle Obama Halston

The lookbook pic really highlihts how well Michelle

amped up the shape, color and styling of this dress.

Michelle Obama Halston 3

Duro Olowu

A superfun vacation-ready dress, orange shoes…. and The White House emblem.

Because why not?


Michelle Obama Duro Olowu

Naeem Khan

If I asked you 7 years ago if this look – – complete with metallic print, statement earrings and loads of bangles – – was for a Hollywood actress or the First Lady…

Would you have ever guessed First Lady?   


Michelle Obama Naeem Khan 2

Michelle Obama Naeem Khan

L’Wren Scott

Adorbs. That is all.

Michelle Obama LWren Scott

Thom Browne

Thom Browne is mostly a meanswear designer.

This coat is based on the print used on one of Thom’s menswear ties.

Take a man’s tie, then envision it as a coat-dress with a jeweled belt,

suede-detailed boots and contrasting gloves?  Skillz.

Michelle Obama Thom Browne 1


Michelle Obama Thom Browne 2


More high-low fabulosity.

Michelle Obama J Crew 2

Alexander McQueen

This.  Gown.  I cry hungry tears of want for this gown.

Michelle’s Best Ever.  (So far…)

Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen


Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen 2

Video Steeze, Part 1
November 7, 2014, 6:29 pm
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In no particular order. Except, y’know, MJ *always* comes first. Click’n’watch!

Michael Jackson. Smooth Criminal.

MJ yellow

Michael Jackson. In The Closet.

MJ blue

TLC. No Scrubs.


Madonna. Vogue.


David Bowie. China Girl.


Whitney Houston. It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.


Jennifer Lopez. Get Right.


Janet Jackson. Love Will Never Do.


A-Ha. Take On Me.


George Michael. Freedom 90.

freedom 90 legit

Sade. Soldier Of Love.


Rihanna. Umbrella.


Gwen Stefani. Luxurious.


Eurythmics. Sweet Dreams.


Justin Timberlake. Suit & Tie.

pink square

Best of 2011: Fan Bing Bing
January 3, 2012, 3:24 am
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Best of 2011: Cate Blanchett
January 3, 2012, 12:30 am
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Best of 2011: Gwen Stefani
January 3, 2012, 12:03 am
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