Searching for an updated holiday look? Well look no further than our First Family’s sophisticated 2011 Christmas portrait! First Lady Michelle Obama looks glamorous, as always, in a textured Byron Lars capped-sleeved, black cocktail dress from his Beauty Mark line. Many writers were impressed Mrs. Obama wore this dress a second time, as she sported the look earlier this year at the 9/11 Memorial, sparking many to commend her for reusing pieces of her own wardrobe! Elder daughter Malia looks quite grown-up in her blue and black “Unconditional Osier dress” from Anthropologie (which is already sold out!). Younger daughter Sasha looks just adorable in her silver and eggplant “Clarissa dress” by BB Dakota. And the President looks handsome as always in a navy suit and silk tie. The Obama girls all sported beautiful frocks with lines that look like they’re straight out of the 1950s, but the materials make them completely modern! Whoever said Washington is Hollywood for ugly people hasn’t been to the White House in a while!
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Talk about one terrific “Tuesday Twosome!” As a political scientist, this editor just loves when fashion and politics collide, and this is the ultimate international combination of stylish spouses. Here, we have our elegant First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the posh princess, Kate Middleton, pictured during their meeting in the United Kingdom this morning. Princess Catherine sported one of her favorite designers, Reiss (you may remember the last time she wore one of their dresses…) The camel-colored Shola dress retails at $340 (which crashed the site today). Michelle wore an updated 1950s frock from Barbara Tfank. She accessorized her gorgeous black-belted, ice-blue, brocade dress with a pink shrug, silver stilettos and a beautiful brooch. Statecraft and style? Yes, please!
This week each “Look-of-the-Day” will be inspired by a Spring flower. Florals may not be our favorite trend, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be inspired by their natural beauty. We actually have shown this dress before in our President’s Day article on Mrs. Obama, but we never got to discuss it at length. This silk crepe frock was designed by one of the First Lady’s favorite artists, Maria Pinto, and worn in St. Paul when President Obama accepted the Democratic Nomination. Michelle’s bright purple dress brought to mind flowerpots of pansies on a sunny spring day. And while “pansy” is probably the least appropriate way to describe our nation’s tough “Mom-in-Chief,” it is certainly a flattering color on her beautiful skin.
Tom Binns is the famous designer behind many of the beautiful baubles First Lady Michelle Obama dons on a regular basis. Our editors thought it made sense to feature this Irish designer in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Binns was born in Belfast, Ireland (the ancestral hometown of our editors, which only endears him to them further), and has been living in Venice Beach, CA for the past few years. He graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1981 with a degree in jewelry design, and got his start during the “Punk Era” in London. Binns was influenced by the Dada Movement, and is now considered the pioneer of the “junk-jewelry.” Aka, he’s an alchemist – he makes garbage into gems. The low-key designer seems to be making fun of high-priced accessories as often as he… well, makes high-priced accessories. In his early days, Binns made pirate jewelry for Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s “new romantic” clothing lines, and his love of skulls stayed with him, as he’s made the unusual shape pretty popular with his famous rings. In 1981, he created his first collection, made entirely of rubber – and his rubber fish bracelets became quite a hit. He eventually went on to work with other offbeat materials, such as safety pins and nails, as well as beach glass and driftwood for his collaboration with Calvin Klein. Binns won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 2006. Binns’ most notable fan is the current First Lady. Michelle Obama has been seen wearing his creations at a party thrown for her by notorious Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, and above at a White House gala. Binns went on to open his first store in New York in 2009. Last year, Binns collaborated with Disney Couture for the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to make Lewis Carroll-esque pieces. (One of theSkinnyStiletto‘s favorite style inspirations). Prices ranged from $100 to $1,500. The resulting mismatched hearts, teapots, rabbits, and keyholes cemented the idea that the quirky tale was a perfect match for the quirky designer. Tom Binns is something quite rare in the jewelry industry – original. It’s no wonder other designers copy his work. Binns’ pieces are creative, glamorous and fun, and we’re looking forward to his career in the fashion world. That’s why theSkinnyStiletto crowns him the jewel of the Emerald Isle.