Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama — Getty Images

President Obama is set to make his first State visit to the UK in May, which will also be his first State visit to any European country. Maybe the special relationship is not so dead after all. Yay!

The announcement was perfectly timed to coincide with the end of New York fashion week yesterday and the beginning of London fashion week (today), thus begging the burning question: given all the clothes we are looking at, what will Michelle wear?

I know that statement will make some people’s blood pressure spike (the burning questions, of course, having more to do with exchange rates, military cooperation and the Middle East rather than clothing), but after the hoo-ha among American designers about the First Lady’s choice of an Alexander McQueen dress (see image below) at the China state dinner in Washington, I don’t think I’m exaggerating that much. There is no question her choices will be watched with eagle eyes by her home clothing industry, who see it as her responsibility to fly their flag, as well as diplomats, who see dress as a form of outreach. Read more