Hello-Hello…we just flew in the door 7:55pm EST… gasp… and logged in to check on today’s Inaugural
Please accept our apologies for being TARP (no, not that TARP, it means for The Absent Roaming Princess), our time at Market in Chicago stretched beyond our plans. But you will be ever-so-pleased that it did, for we spent oodles of time gazing at the loveliness that is the Lilly Pulitzer Spring accessory line, to name just one cause of our prolonged absence.
But let us move on to a topic that matters: today’s Inaugural fashions! We were on the phone with The Queen Mother when our first photos of the Obama girls came up on the computer screen; she was subjected to a shriek, “OMG, how darling are they????!!!!!!” Really, can we talk about the bows? Everywhere? It was definitely cute overload, and we just love every inch of what they had on.
In case you wanted another glance….
In this next photo one can see how Sasha Obama’s pink and orange contrast beautifully with Malia’s royal blue. (Above, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and Jenna Bush.)
This story in Newsday gives more specifics on the girls’ outfits:
“Malia went for a double-breasted, deep periwinkle coat, while younger sis Sasha shone in a guava pink coat, contrasting orange scarf and gloves, with just the hint of a coral dress peeking from the below her hem. Both coats were tied with velvet ribbons, echoing the tie on Mom’s sparkly coat.”
“According to the company, Michelle and the girls had an opportunity to choose what they liked. “We wanted to offer a collection that would let their own personalities show through,” said Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew.”
One word of caution however: do NOT look for these pieces online or at your local J. Crew. The looks are from the Fall 2009 collection, and they are somewhat modified from what will be available to Jane and John Q. Public. First Lady Michelle Obama did her part for J. Crew, wearing a pair of their leather gloves for the morning.
Next, the Isabel Toledo dress and matching coat:
As described on The Caucus blog at the Times,
“…the coat and dress were made of Swiss wool lace, backed with netting for warmth and lined in French silk. “I wanted to pick a very optimistic color, that had sunshine,” she said. “I wanted her to feel charmed, and in that way would charm everybody.”
As detailed in WWD’s initial story on the ensemble with reaction from the designer’s spouse:
“The soon-to-be First Lady did not tip her hand in any way. “We had no idea. We hoped she would wear something because she has bought Isabel’s clothes before. We never know what’s going to happen,” he said.
“It’s just another shock, but a great shock.”‘
Our favorite quote from the Toledos?
“We’re all grateful for this opportunity, and we don’t even have a PR person!”
Keep in mind, Ms. Toledo lost her job with Anne Klein earlier this year
And on Mrs. Obama’s feet? The Jimmy Choo Glacier pump, as seen below at DSW.
Readers thinking “Hhhmmm….hasn’t Mrs. Obama worn Isabel Toledo before?” get a pink and green star! As seen in this post in June of last year…
..the look was an elegant tunic and palazzo pants. The occasion was a fundraiser on behalf of her husband put on by fashion industry leaders like the Anna Wintour and Calvin Klein. In TP’s ever-so-humble opinion, the Toledo sheath and coat were just gorgeous, simply stunning on Mrs. Obama. To our uneducated eyes however, the look was better suited to a semi-formal evening function.
So load up those poison pens angry people; we adore the design, love the color, and think both combined for a radiant First Lady. We merely think the look better suited to a different occasion. We are surprised at the volume of negative comments on the shape (or lack thereof apparently) of the coat, it seemed entirely in keeping with the refined flow of the dress underneath.
BTW, today’s pieces are not the only J. Crew fashions worn by the First Family during the festivities of the last several days. More on that in our next post…we’re off to see tonight’s gown for the Inaugural Balls! (We’re hearing Jason Wu… stand by formore!)