Yes, I realize the president is there as well, but you know the deal here.
First Lady Michelle Obama has maintained her signature style and has been rotating her favorite designers with nice results. She boarded Air Force One in a Chanel-esque ensemble, a black wool shift by Michael Kors topped with a white collarless coat with black trim custom made for her by Thakoon that looks tweed but is actually silk tulle. She emerged in London at dusk in a chartreuse Jason Wu topped off with her favorite black belt. And yes, as you can see from the opening photo, she's still making J. Crew very happy. She wore their mint green dazzling dots pencil skirt with a sparkling cream sweater.
The black duchesse satin opera coat Mrs. Obama wore to Buckingham Palace was another Jason Wu that was also custom made for her. She wore it over a black-and-white ensemble by Isabel Toledo and a black cardigan by Azzedine Alaïa to greet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with President Obama.
The sleeveless police will not be happy that she dared to "bare arms" at 10 Downing Street, but they will get over it. Carl Anthony, a historian at the National First Ladies Museum, is genuinely confused by the brouhaha over the sleeves:
"Michelle Obama seems to favor a once-popular style," said Anthony, noting that Nancy Reagan, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman and other First Ladies going back to Dolly Madison sometimes ditched the sleeves. The new First Lady "is not some kind of history heretic here," Anthony said.
As for the first lady's London wardrobe, I think she's doing it just right by sticking with tasteful, classic looks. I'm not overly impressed, but I wasn't really looking to be bowled over by this trip. I'm looking forward to France for obvious reasons just like everyone else.