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April 21 2014

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Michelle Watch: Holy Toledo And The Royal Wu

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The question: What to wear to meet the Queen? The Fashion Icon-in-Chief answered with a Jason Wu coat and an Isabel Toledo dress topped with a little French twist in an Azzedine Alaïa cardigan. The look hewed to Mrs. Obama’s black-and-white motif from yesterday when she boarded Air Force One for the trip to London. (Though she surprised us all by emerging from said jet in chartreuse Jason Wu.) And she couldn’t very well wear J.Crew to Buckingham Palace, though her spring-y fresh ensemble at 10 Downing looked pretty fantastic, and to us that seems like the right place to make a populist sartorial statement. The Wu coat is another custom piece—a black duchesse satin opera number with a wide, pleated collar. She echoed the black satin in her kitten-heel pumps and oblong clutch. Both seem appropriately formal for the occasion, though black satin for day? That’s throwing us just a touch. Under that is Isabel Toledo’s silk crepe “tuxedo-tank” dress with an origami belt. With the little cardi and that double strand of pearls, the look is giving us millennial June Cleaver. Of course, we highly doubt that Mrs. Cleaver would have gone French, even in her accessories.

Photo: John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images, Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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  1. Karensky says:

    Love the Michelle watch! Thanks for keeping us posted day by day!

  2. orpheuscrew says:

    The reason she is wearing satin is because she went from Buckingham Palace to the dinner at 10 Downing Street.I like that she didn’t feel the need to change again.As for her wearins Alaia,how many cardigans does she need?It seems you needed something to pick on and that was all you could come up with…

  3. stringhead says:

    Michelle looks awesome.

  4. Fashionesta18 says:

    I love that satin coat and kitten heels! Its very sexy! xD

  5. joelle1 says:

    I think she could have done a little better but she looks great, I love the hair change.

  6. modelfeed says:

    Michelle Obama (along with Carla Bruni) has thankfully raised the stakes when it comes to fashion and the governments of the day. Just wish they would be able to get onto Therese Rein in Australia. You can see not made up Australian fashion royalty at http://www.modelfeed.com – where some of the world’s top models blog about what happens away from the runway !