September 15, 2010 New York
It was an over-the-top embellishment celebration, a melee of colors, and hardly any dresses that screamed "Michelle!" Come to think of it, a strapless yellow crepe to-the-floor gown with jet black embroidery would look stunning on the First Lady, but a one-sleeve, slit-to-the-hip, allover sequin number in fuchsia and turquoise would have the Huffington Post crowd in a tizzy. Relatively subdued by comparison was a painterly print in mottled grays and white on a one-shouldered organza gown with a full, sweeping skirt. Take away the embroidered belt and pendant necklace and you might have something to wear north of the Mason-Dixon line. Stunning enough to wear anywhere (with a VIP room) was a fitted, drop-waist sheath embroidered with white flowers and a skirt made of ostrich feathers. Even next to so many other jaw-droppers, it had a lingering glamour that was compelling.