FIRST LADY FASHION  12:52 pm November 5, 2008

Michelle Obama’s Hell-Colored Election Night Dress

by Sara K. Smith

Red, the blood of angry men! Black, the dark of ages past!So that weird blocky criss-crossy thing Michelle Obama wore last night was by Narciso Rodriguez, based on his Spring 2009 collection. Maybe it looked really awesome up close? [AP]

 

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Texan Bulldoggette November 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I was drunk by the time she came out, but I still remember thinking “what the hell?”

AnnieGetYourFun November 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

It looks like she’s bleeding. The only bad decision she has made so far in her life ever.

Neon Trotsky November 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Is that the blood from the cow they sacrificed for Obama?

Larry Fine November 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm

If only we had seen Sarah Palin filling out that dress. Va-va-va-vooom

eoberhauser November 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I guess I’m in the minority here, but I really thought the dress was striking. It’s not one that everyone could pull off. She’s so damn confident, she could have worn a paper bag and still be amazing.

AllHat November 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Yeah, not the best choice of acceptance-speech garb. What-not-to-wear, the election edition.

Joehoya November 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I guess she forgot to change dresses after leaving the abattoire.

tunamelt November 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

It is the blood of thousands of aborted fetuses.

Serolf Divad November 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

based on his Spring 2009 collection

Well that’s your problem right there. It’s not Spring yet. The dress will look awesome this Spring. Right now it just looks like she got hit with a paint bucket. But come spring, we’ll all look like we just got hit with paint buckets. It’s the new black.

MathewBrooks November 5, 2008 at 1:01 pm

The glamour is blinding.

AnnieGetYourFun November 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

I know this makes me a gay homosexual, but I’m looking forward to seeing what she chooses for the big, fancy parties that they are going to have every night from here on out as tax-and-spend libruls.

Larry Fine November 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Too bad Mr Blackwell died, now he can’t include Michelle on his list.

freeradical November 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

It looks like some sort of backwards black widow.

wilmawonker November 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

maybe we should rethink right-to-choose.

it would have been better without the sweater.

swarm of bees November 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I don’t know what any of you guys are thinking. She is AMAZING! Very beautiful and confident. VERY!

freakishlystrong November 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

She’s normally stunning-I had a real What The Fuck! last night when she came out in that, what with the nutz all fearmongering about the “RED” scare and all…

Cape Clod November 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

[re=167168]Serolf Divad[/re]: If Michelle know how to order dresses from the future then maybe we should have elected her.

NoWireHangers November 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I didn’t like the dress, but I know we’re in for FOUR YEARS of delicious fashion from our new First LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

swarm of bees November 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Plus, I love how their family is almost always color coordinated. Barry had a red tie, Michelle’s dress, plus Sasha and Malia were in cute little red dresses. ADORABLE!

Miller November 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

You try finding something haute couture with a tasteful amount of Communist/Chavez red. You can’t, can you?

http://thesebastards.blogspot.com/

pem November 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

that was a very strange dress.

d.ham November 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

The sweater ruins the waist, but the dress itself is pretty cool. Further, she is awesome forever.

blahthequah November 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

That dress looks like a black widow. The black widow of socialism

dezeinstein November 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

It seemed distracting to my wife and me, as if she wanted to steal some attention away from the boss man.
She’s classy but needs a new wardrobist!

fuckinredneck November 5, 2008 at 1:06 pm

That’s the weirdest looking Burka I’ve ever seen.

Larry Fine November 5, 2008 at 1:06 pm

That dress makes the statement. “I hate America”.

AnnieGetYourFun November 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm

[re=167175]freeradical[/re]: Actually, now that you mention it, it looks pretty much exactly like a black widow. Foreshadowing? I hope not.

Magsbe November 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm

It’s hideous, and yet she very nearly makes it work, because she’s just that fucking fierce.

I am so looking forward to eight years of a glamorous (and brilliant!) First Lady.

JadedDIssonance November 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I saw her on the stage, she looked Fantastic. I kept having to stand on my tiptoes to see the podium/runway, but it really looked much better in person. And she matched her daughters. Humph!

themightysea November 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

[re=167163]eoberhauser[/re]: Thanks for sharing Eo, and d.ham, I liked it too. It’s kindof ugly, but in a cool and daring fashion-forward way that reinforces her role as a boldly stylish first lady. Can you imagine 4+ years of seeing Cindi Mac’s horrible satin booger-colored napkin dresses draped with diamonds? And thank goodness we’re saying goodbye to Mistresses Clinton and Bush’s frumpy big-bottomed gardenwear.

Larry Fine November 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Cindy McCaine would have dressed with more class.

Tommy Says Soooo November 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Hahahaha, suck it, Wonktards! The waistband is actually a covert burka veil, suitable for traveling to the Middle East or other Muslin cities, like Washington D.C.

Hopey dont play that game November 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Sorry but chocolate MILF looked awesome…

TGY November 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Oh, it was ok. Still, it puts a (dim and small) spotlight on the fashion industry, an industry (I continue to believe) that hates women.

bellesouth November 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I think it’s a beautiful dress, actually – but it did need the jacket. I thought the entire family looked lovely. And that’s that. Suck it, Wonkette!

Kwame' November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

She could have worn anything from JCREW and looked amazing, and he kids could have had coordinated outfits from CREW CUTS. Narciso is a douche for convincing her to wear that dress. I love Michelle, but the dress makes me gag. Rodriguez needs to sit the fuck down and leave the inaugural ball to the real pros.

johnny November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Thats a nice dress. Glad to see Obama’s wife has class.

Mr Blifil November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I would still tap that.

MARCdMan November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I she pregnant?

socialconstruct November 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Perhaps too avant-guarde for the occasion and subduing bitter conservatives, but gosh darn it I kinda liked it.

madtowngooner November 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm

[re=167175]freeradical[/re]: That’s what I see. She’s going to try to eat Barack, but a secret service guy will throw himself in front of her fangs!

wheelie November 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm

It’s the kind of dress that probably looks great back-stage, in a small room full of minglers. But when you are on a vast stage, you need to think about how it looks from 200 feet away. It was too busy and fussy in detail.

Viva la Cynthia November 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm

It did not work on that stage–everyone at my pad last night was like, “Whoa, is she pregnant?!” And then we drank some more at the prospect of more Obamababies.

Barrett808 November 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Were they trying to make her look pregnant?

hrhkingfriday November 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

[re=167198]Tommy Says Soooo[/re]: EPIC WIN

Outstando November 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Black Widow is probably not the look she’s going for.

heronimule November 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I agree that it was not good for the stage, but I thought it was stylish and young. I guess I have bad taste :(

wx insider November 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm

She looks like a tootsie roll on fire… bwaaaaaaaaaa…..

Head Spinner November 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm

I thought she was just dressed as a vampire for Halloween

Herbal_T November 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm

The first thing my girlfriend said when the First Lady elect walked out: “It looks like Michelle had a massive period all over herself.”

Botswana Meat Commission FC November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I once saw Desert Hobo Ken Layne’s picture in a long-defunct periodical named “Radar.” I would trust fashion criticism from this man. Or from his eyeglass-wielding hottie assistant, SKS.

ph7 November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I hope that dress cost $150,000 and was bought at Neiman-Marcus.

Just because…

Naked Bunny with a Whip November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

She was wearing red to get Nancy Reagan’s attention.

PopeyesPipe November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I was surprised when she emerged without brandishing an upraised fist and a pump action shotgun. What the hell kind of black revolutionary is she?

So BORING!

Dave J. November 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Hey, it’s not my favorite dress of all time, but I like that she’s taking chances, not wearing yet-another-pantsuit-we’ve-seen-50,000-times-before like all recent inhabitants of that office.

golliwog November 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

[re=167214]Outstando[/re]: heh

everfade November 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

[re=167202]bellesouth[/re]: Suck it wonkette? Nice one :)
Our new first lady looked dazzling last night. Wonkette is not qualified to judge her fashion awesomeness.

madtowngooner November 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

My gawd! Are we going to have to be snarky to Barry and Shelly for the next 4 years? I thought we were just mean to dumbfuck republitards. Get me the Wonkette rulebook!

DemmeFatale November 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Edgy choice! Brace yourselves people!

Botswana Meat Commission FC November 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

[re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]:
You obviously haven’t heard about the whole “dead homeless man stuck in her windshield” incident…

Tommy Says Soooo November 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

FLILF be going to kick yo asses, you fashion haters. She knows where you live. And she’ll do it, too. You don’t think Hopey lives in fear of the groupy gropers like Sara K and Ken Layne?

Valerie November 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm

off topic, and all props to teh Wonkette!!
If you still have a lump in your throat and any tears left after last night, huffpo has a photo lineup of reaction from around the world that you should take a look at. It will make you proud.

TGY November 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Also, note that the neckline is more ‘conservative’ than the dress on the model. Don’t want a display of boobage on election night.

donner_froh November 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm

If the dress was a bit closer to the one shown on the model–lose the jacket or sweater, keep the red more under control so it actually contrasts with the black instead of overwhelming it–it would have looked fab.

Rodriguez knocked off his own style and screwed it up a bit.

Although she could dress in a paper bag and still look great

WIDTAP November 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm

I hope she goes back to the regular clothes because, shit, after all that do we have to go back to fashion distractions?

Fear of a Black Reagan November 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Is Michelle Obama a preggo now? Cause she looks like it. I sure hope so because I’ve got some fake money riding on it at Hubdub and/or that’d be HAWT.

buymecandy November 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

The dress looks pretty on the model, I think it’s that cardigan that ruins it. It camouflages the rest of her shape so all you see is these emphasized hips, instead of a nice silhouette.

blinky_twinkie November 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm

My first thought was, “What’s up with the full-frontal blood clot?” But the color coordination among the family was TEH WIN. Those girls are just darling. I wonder what kind of puppy they’re going to get?

edgydrifter November 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I thought it was horrific. Actually, I remember slurring aloud to the tee-vee people “thank god she wore that tonight, ‘cuz it’s too late to do any damage in the polls.” Still, it was their night which means she could be just as garish as she wanted to be, and anyone who didn’t like it (like me) could go pound sand.

swarm of bees November 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm

[re=167209]madtowngooner[/re]: Has the president plus family bashing begun already? Really, Wonkette, really?!

Aurelio November 5, 2008 at 1:27 pm

You morans don’t get it. It’s a volcano erupting. Upwards and downwards. The black is the old lava.

crookedE November 5, 2008 at 1:27 pm

It is a gorgeous dress actually. Just didn’t read well on TV.

tonehedge November 5, 2008 at 1:28 pm

No No No No!
You all are getting it all wrong.
This ensemble is representative of the current state of the global-political-economic system.
The black represents the black abyss that is our financial markets, and the red is all the blood of the i-bankers and brokers around the world as they are slaughtered en mass by the ensuing mob of socialist-Kenyan-terrorists.
Long live the Revolution!

edgydrifter November 5, 2008 at 1:28 pm

[re=167248]blinky_twinkie[/re]: Hopefully a pitbull named Lipstick.

sweetladyirony November 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

The cardigan takes away a little, but I thought it was gorgeous, because Michelle is amazing and she always looks great. Also, color-coordinated family ftw!

blinky_twinkie November 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

[re=167241]TGY[/re]: IMO, it would have looked better if they had left the neckline alone and dropped the sweater. Michelle has a great figure, and that dress (whatever it’s fabric/color issues) would really have showed it off.

sezme November 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Sure, the Narciso Rodriguez original is HAWT, but the J. Press knockoff: meh.

The Station Manager November 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Don’t care about the dress, too hungover. Was at a DNC party downtown last night. It was huge. They had to open up a whole extra banquet hall. We hung out with Black Uncle Sam, everyone was fucked up, and it was awesome.

Aurelio November 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm

No wait! The molten lava comes up from her loins, through the old crusty black lava and then–whoosh!–up out of her tits!

The Pumpernickel November 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Yeah…that’s what I thought when she walked out. Maybe now that Palin’s lost, she can donate to Michelle some of her $150,000 wardrobe.

http://plightofthepumpernickel.blogspot.com

Scandalabra November 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I agree Narciso is overreaching with the waist treatment, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Michelle.

whore4hope November 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Time would be better spent mocking Jill Biden’s phlegm colored ensemble.

blinky_twinkie November 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm

[re=167258]edgydrifter[/re]: OMG how perfect would that be??

Rush November 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

If you look at the red design in a mirror, it reads, “Maverick”

wx insider November 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

She looks like a tootsie roll on fire… bwaaaaaaaa…..

Viva la Cynthia November 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

[re=167229]Dave J.[/re]: You know what? YES, you are totally right. I am going to tune out the snark and create my own national holiday today for this great thing that is happening, and this great woman who is now going to be our First Lady!

el_burrito November 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

I’m more interested in what she is wearing under the dress.

wx insider November 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

No No No… not God Bless that dress, God Dam that dress!

102415 November 5, 2008 at 1:38 pm

It was like fire in the streets and in the sky. She knew we would all be lighting up the night. It was just fine and no I don’t care if she cuts off all her hair.I don’t care.

Tommy Says Soooo November 5, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Any man who has commented on this thread without making a sexist remark on desiring FLILF is gay. And not mildly gay. Carson Freakin’ Kressley getting pistoned by half the cast of Project Runway gay. As Tim Gunn drinks a Limoncello.

Valerie November 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm

[re=167272]Rush[/re]: WIN

problemwithcaring November 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm

You forgot to Microsoft Paint the picture with a white cocaine line from her nose. Sup wit that?

Moleman v2.5 November 5, 2008 at 1:40 pm

My wife didn’t like the dress, but I didn’t think it was that bad. It looks better on M.O. than on the model. Actually the dress could be functional … who knew they made Digicam in a black/red combo?

Hutch November 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

What is this, the red carpet pre-inaugural show?

It is?

Okay. I sort of sat up when Michelle came out in that get-up last night, but I finally decided that I liked the edginess of its Che Guevara poster style. And yes, a rifle would have added some refresing versimilitude.

WadISay November 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Surprisingly, the dress on the model is a little different from Michelle’s. The “just got home from the paintball game” look is more popular than I would have thought. The kids, however, were to-die-for cute.

Kwame' November 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

We love MIchelle and we love Jill. No one has any malice here. Michelle was a one-woman fireworks display and Jill was the cutest little booger I have ever seen. Today is a great day. And Sarah Palin is headed back to the TJ Maxx clearance section. All is right with the world.

HuskyMescan November 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm

The red splash represents the splattered blood of a million wingnut heads exploding at once at 10:30pm EST Nov 4.

WendyK November 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I think she looked stunning. It’ll be nice to have a dignified, classy, elegant, highly intelligent, educated First Lady. As opposed to Laura Bush. Can you imagine if it had been Cindy McCain? Percocet and gimlets for all!

agonista November 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Dress schmess. I loved on Comedy Central last night when a professor who had known both of them at Harvard Law said he always figured Michelle would be the one running the country one day…

barackyoubetter November 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I love Michelle and her outfit worked for me but who let little Sasha go out in the funeral black creepy Victorian dress??? That was nuts!!! Even tho it probably looks cuter in person, any little girl in a dress like that looks goth in a bad way!!

CorkPopper November 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Yeah, I love Michelle but I did comment as soon as she walked out that her usually spot-on fashion sense seemed to have led her astray a bit here. Still, I’d a gazillion times rather a fabulously clad first lady who suffers an occasional fashion misfire than four years of pantsuits or Southern lady librarian or whatever the fuck you call Cindy’s “look” (cougar gothic?).

Inadequate Blackmail November 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Whitey hate that dress.

Street Organizer November 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm

THIS ELECTION HAS FRIED MY BRAIN CELLS FOREVER AND ALL THE DRINKING GAMES HAVE SCARRED MY LIVER FOREVER SO THEREFORE I MUST DO ALL MY COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS, ONCE AGAIN. FOREVER!!1!1!!!

THAT DRESS IS UGLY AS HELL MICHELLE!!!1!!

S.Luggo November 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm

[re=167185]pem[/re]: Goes to show you. Bad prêt-à-porter transcends race.
[re=167202]bellesouth[/re]: What the dress needs is to be in a Good Will bin.

problemwithcaring November 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm

[re=167323]barackyoubetter[/re]: Yes! Finally some much needed derision of the little-girl-who’s-great-grandmother-died-the-day-before demographic. Bless you.

mishamishap November 5, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Sorry but the last people I’m going to take fashion advice from are the editors and commenters of a political blog based in DC: the mecca of khakis & buttons downs & flip-flops.
This dress rocked.

Street Organizer November 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Kwame: WIN!

JadedDIssonance November 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm

[re=167265]The Pumpernickel[/re]: The problem I see with your conjecture is that Michelle will never get to wear the aforementioned donated clothings because they will have to be burned. We can’t have her catching the meth bugs.

kmarie08wj November 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm

That’s couture we can believe in! Loves it!

BruceLee5000 November 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

[re=167189]fuckinredneck[/re]: FTW! You really need to see it with the face screen helmet and matching black criss-cross over the mouth to appreciate the delicate interplay of colors and tones.

Aurelio November 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

[re=167319]WendyK[/re]: Yes, she is an attractive Negress. I completely agree.

ladymacbeth November 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

meh.

you could see it.

Roguesmommy November 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm

At first I thought that there was a red scarf type thing that was stuffed through the middle band of the dress and was hanging out the bottom, and was just kind of unfortunately placed. Then I realized it was done on purpose and was slightly confused. Oh well…..PUPPIES!!!!!1

picardia November 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I think the dress might’ve looked better if it had been propertly fitted; Michelle seemed to be wearing a size too large for her. So the criss-cross just seemed random instead of defining the upper abdomen the way it’s supposed to. Even on the model, I’m not in love with the dress, but it could look better than it did.

Generally speaking I like her fashion sense though.

BruceLee5000 November 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm

[re=167258]edgydrifter[/re]: FOR THE PENULTIMATE WIN!!!

Q: “I wonder what kind of dog the Obama girls are going to get?”
A: “A Pitbull named LIPSTICK!”

And then Bazooka Joe Biden gets knocked off his feet by an exclamation mark puff of smoke!

lampadadog November 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Not my personal taste–the version on Michelle is more eye-popping because it has much more red than the runway design pictured. However, the important thing is that SHE looked great in it, and I liked that it was bold and vibrant, as befits the occasion!

aleks November 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

[re=167200]Hopey dont play that game[/re]: Show some respect asshole, she’s FLILF.

sanantonerose November 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

[re=167163]eoberhauser[/re]: Here’s to a new era without pantsuits and boring ball gowns!

sanantonerose November 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm

[re=167178]freakishlystrong[/re]: The whole family was in red and black. Haha. Of course, the McCain clan was in gold. As in “enjoy your golden years, you old crazy man!”

beri November 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm

[re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I think it is refreshing, fun, and great that she dared to pick something non conservative. Election night is particularly a time to be remembered and she did that well. The dress is gorgeous, dressy, apropos for a night history was made. She and her family looked wonderful. Black is THE basic busines color, and red denotes energy and vibrancy and if my husband had just been named President, Id have picked a vibrant dress as as well.

President Beeblebrox November 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Who the F cares? Michelle rocks my socks. She is one fine sistah. Besides, she will be a far better FLOTUS than Cindy “Number Six” McCain would be… Percocets and Miltowns all around!

Wow, listen to me. That magnum of champagne is apparently still banging around in my bloodstream.

Lemur November 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I thought that dress was cool! Good, daring choice.

LittlePinky82 November 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm

[re=167157]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Yep but even though the dress is blah she’s still a pretty lady.

LittlePinky82 November 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm

[re=167168]Serolf Divad[/re]: Yep. I think that dress will be very nice to wear at a spring picnic or something like that.

raider12 November 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Didn’t Anna Paquin end up wearing a dress like that in the last episode of True Blood?

dumbdumbbullet November 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm

What are y’all so worked up about. She was probably just dressing a moose backstage.

iolanthe November 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Glad to know it wasn’t just me! I hated that dress, too. And my taste isn’t all that great, *and* I have no problem with Weird, generally.

But that dress was an Epic Fail.

It was my first Michelle Obama WTF Moment.

Usually, she looks great.

sarahconnor November 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Not to get too, ah, bogged down by this, but I secretly love me a guest appearance by Michelle Obama on Project Runway. that would be delish. Perhaps a special edition where they have real designers competing to design her inaugural gown? mmmmmm….

iolanthe November 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm

This dress is what a certain circle of semi-friends of mine (real bitches, all of them) would call “a bold fashion choice”, which is code for “Oh, burn that fucking thing right now!”

Imagine their evil purring little voices, “How confident you must feel to have chosen to wear that tonight. Mad props. No, rilly … “)

AnnieGetYourFun November 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm

[re=167485]beri[/re]: Uh, how do I explain this? Oh, I know: you are wrong. The dress is fug.

[re=167500]LittlePinky82[/re]: No one here is questioning her loveliness. You might have noticed that I said it was her first mistake ever.

cal November 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm

[re=167594]sarahconnor[/re]: Too late, Wonkette has already become Project Runway…

InKnockYouUs November 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Wow, everyone on this blog is so into fashion. Who knew?

sanantonerose November 5, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Paint. Ball.

nyphotog November 5, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Really? I think it looks great on her, better than on the model. It’s so nice to have a top political woman wearing something other than a Chanel suit or something that looks like nubby ’50s upholstery.

spam November 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Why is there so much more “RED” on M. Obama than the model.
M. Obama looks pregnant. Is she?

spam November 5, 2008 at 5:06 pm

M. Obama looks pregnant in that dress. Is she?
If she is, wearing it is one way to announce it to the world.

Kathyliz November 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm

All that was needed to complete Michelle Obama’s disastrous “she devil” ensemble was a pitchfork. What was this intelligent, articulate woman thinking on such a momentous occasion in her family’s and our nation’s history? Clearly, not about whether what she was wearing in front of the whole world was appropriate or becoming. Where were the image consultants?
Hopefully this hideous dress can be airbrushed out of the history books and this beautiful woman will go on to be a great First Lady in matters infinitely more important than fashion.

lawchic November 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Whatever, Michelle can wear a brown paper bag and I would swoon.

keriveri November 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Narciso Rodriguez is my favorite designer–love, love, LOVE!! his stuff–and he’s got plenty of items in his line that are not butt ugly (though this dress is not, strictly speaking, butt ugly–merely less flattering than it could/should have been to this figure).

Michelle is an amazing woman, but the sublime-to-ridiculous arc of her fashion choices? Not really something the press tolerates in a first lady. Bless her heart (OK, now I’ve given away the fact that I’m a Southerner), she is going to have to invest in a stylist.

…. And totally on the other hand, I don’t give a shit what she wears. She would inspire me in a brown paper bag.

Texas2Step November 5, 2008 at 5:52 pm

OK, but what I want to know is Who She’s Wearing for the Inaugural Ball, and will Joan and Melissa be there?

designerbabe November 5, 2008 at 6:41 pm

What an embarrassment! Didn’t she realize that Halloween was last week? I know she’s been busy, but hey, someone really should have told this poor woman, she must not have any real friends.

jazzjunkie November 5, 2008 at 7:31 pm

[re=167176]wilmawonker[/re]: Totes agree. Not the best dress for her, but would have been much better without the sweater. Still, I don’t care if she wore a sack!

tallulah November 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm

i love the dress, i think it looks amazing

rocktonsammy November 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm

It ‘ll be nice to have style and grace back in the White House.

No more cowboy boots.

designerbabe November 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Style? Grace? Maybe she’ll be MADUSA for the inaugural ball…

Flower Child November 5, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Personally, I think Michelle’s dress is slammin’ to say the least! Eoberhauser, you’re correct…it’s not a dress everyone could pull off…(or put on :)! I also read a message into that dress that says: “Hell or High Water…ready or not here we come America!” Thanks, Narciso Rodriquez! Work it!

schvitzatura November 5, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Working 24/7 over the last 9 weeks in a moose abattoir will do that to a little black dress…

GodhavemercyonUSA November 5, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Get it all out of your system, kiddies. When those two, Obama and spouse, realize their power, free speech will be a thing of the past.

joeplumber November 5, 2008 at 10:50 pm

jealous beeches or sore losers? Get over it, FINALLY somebody daring enough to wear something other than a schoolmarm outfit!

designerbabe November 5, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Hell-Colored Election Night Dress; that criss-crossy, weird looking “THING” she wore… nice first impression, she bites.

zirconia November 6, 2008 at 12:39 am

Last night I was so bezonkered that after my initial what-the-HELL-is-she-WEARING? that I then followed it up with whatever, tonight I even love her hideous dress. Airbrush it from the pages of history? I think not. That’s part of the history, and more delicious because she didn’t wimp out in some vapid and completely forgettable wifey-togs. I like this woman. And picture the conversation:
“Uh, honey, were you going to wear that?”
“Damn right, baby!”
“Okay.”

Zirconia will fight to the death and beyond to defend this new administration against the rape of vapidity.

Rescue puppies.
Fashion sense.
Leaking-doggie housebreaking hints.
I have fallen through the looking glass and entered an alternate Wonkette reality. Tomorrow I expect to find rainbow-n-flower scratch-n-sniff emoticons on here. Fine.
But hands off the damn dress. It stays.

TexasCowGirl November 6, 2008 at 12:50 am

I like the dress and I’m sure that she and Barry had red hot sexytime.

Serio Misterio November 6, 2008 at 1:04 am

SEXYTIME.

dumblonde November 6, 2008 at 1:46 am

I knew something was off with the dress. The cardigan ruined the entire outfit. She looks hot in sleeveless. Don’t cover up so much, Michelle!

Kabees November 6, 2008 at 8:00 am

It looks like she worked the overtime shift at a pizza kitchen.

skyinator November 6, 2008 at 9:12 am

Maybe she was just trying to save bucks and get extra mileage out of her halloween costume. Whatever, it was befuggly.

ana fougez November 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

Didn’t hate it, didn’t think it was the best. But way better than any android pea green thing I have seen Cindy McC in. Better a hell dress than a patrician suit of armor.

TheVixenne November 6, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Frankly ladies and gents, the dress was AWESOME. Not every woman has the savvy and and the body to carry it off as well as she did. Also, let’s all keep in mind that what’s INSIDE the dress–the brilliant attorney, wife and mom–is far more important than the Narciso Rodriguez dress.

To my fellow feminist sisters: those of us at Michelle Obama Watch will be making sure that you stand up for her as much as you all did for Hilary.

moonlitdove November 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Not only was her dress a disappointment on this otherwise euphoric moment, I also did not get its message. Colour choice always has an underlying message, especially on such an historic moment. If the red and black message was trying to say something it failed. It came across as garish, especially on TV. Maybe it was better in real life. Barack looked great as befits a future president. His family looked fine as well except for their clothing choice. Who would put a black dress on a little 7 year-old girl? Too stark and serious. And Malia’s all red dress was also too much, even though she carried it off the best of the three. Fortunately, even though their outfits were much too distracting, the beauty and vitality of Barack’s family was still wonderful to see.

moonlitdove November 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Michelle, your other dress choices have been great, especially that purple sheath dress.
I also did not care for the pants and jacket combo worn a couple of days ago. Not flattering enough on you.

trustme November 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

The dress is very fitting, this country is going to hell in a hand basket, and MO is leading the way.

designerbabe November 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Love it! Good job “trustme.” Wish I had said that:)

Where did she put the darn handbasket?

TheVixenne November 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Uh, newsflash–THERE WAS NO MESSAGE!

I’m sorry, but would you feel better had Michelle Obama worn stripper chic courtesy of Lil Kim and that she dressed her daughters like pint-sized hoochies?

They were dressed elegantly and respectfully with just the right dash of flair and I for one am damn GLAD to see some moxie coming back to the White House after eight years of the Stepford Wife!

GO MICHELLE!!! GO SASHA!!! GO MALIA!!!

Nimrod November 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

She looks like a First Lady O’Lantern

designerbabe November 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Correct, she was smokin candles when she put it on:)

dcmgurette November 6, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Isn’t that the same red and black pattern a black widow spider has?

dcmgurette November 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm

@keriveri: So you are saying that she passes the brown-paper-bag test?

cookiemonster November 7, 2008 at 8:56 am

Poor Michelle – A star studded education but alias, no sophistication regarding her wardrobe. The lady plainly needs a do over – makeup, hair, dressing. Please Michelle, do all of America a great big favor and hire some one to help you. I’d hate to see your choice of clothing for a state dinner.

Kathyliz November 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

Amen to that, Cookiemonster. Like it or not, Michelle Obama now represents America before the whole world, and she owes it to us to look more dignified than she did on election night.
I am confident that a woman of such intelligence can rise to the occasion and hope she gets the professional help she clearly needs to support her.

MollyB54 November 7, 2008 at 7:22 pm

The clothes that Sarah Palin wore were elegant, classy, and beautiful.
This dress that Michelle Obama wore – yikes. I did not care for it.
But I would rather see Mrs. Obama as a VP (or a First Lady) any day, over the ignorant fanatic Palin.
Maybe I am just getting old, alas, but clothes just don’t matter to me as much anymore. So what if Mrs. Obama has different taste in clothing than you or I do? Michelle Obama is classy in other ways – ways that matter.
They are two highly intelligent, well educated, compassionate Americans that embody the American dream.
They will represent our country with dignity, grace and intelligence.
God Bless Michelle Obama, and God Bless her husband.

iamthepinkcupcake November 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm

She looks like a black widow spider. I feel safe in saying she’s not going to be subdued and classic like Laura Bush for the next four years like she says she is. Can’t wait to see the Sunday go-to-meetin’ hats.

MollyB54 November 7, 2008 at 8:13 pm

[re=169067]TheVixenne[/re]:

As I said, I did not care for the dress. However, it was not inappropriate for the occasion. Just different.
I agree with TheVixenne – this is what counts:
“.. let’s all keep in mind that what’s INSIDE the dress–the brilliant attorney, wife and mom–is far more important than the Narciso Rodriguez dress.”

And this:
“To my fellow feminist sisters: those of us at Michelle Obama Watch will be making sure that you stand up for her as much as you all did for Hilary.”

I am not black, Hispanic or young. I’m just an old white woman.
And Ladies, I am feeling old right now. I remember Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and the march towards the destruction of our economy, our Constitution and our democracy. The GOP has been in a race to the bottom, culminating in GWB and finally Sarah Palin. All I can say is thank God that the majority of Americans do not want a phony “Joe the Plumber” as their leader.
Barack and Michelle Obama have put a bounce in my step again. I am thrilled that we have shattered a racial barrier, and have shown that America really is the country of freedom and opportunity for ALL. While I do not have the “black experience” and make no pretense of understanding fully the elation of millions of black Americans, I was still crying with joy about this election.

Black men got the vote before women. It should not be too surprising that a black man has now been elected President, before a white woman. Is it “bad”? No. Did Hilary lose because she is a woman? I don’t think so. I do think it made her road more difficult.

We as women have had a battle, there is no doubt about it. I well remember a professor telling me that women are just not as capable as men in electrical engineering (EE) — I graduated with honors in EE. I encountered even more discrimination in the workplace. It existed then, and exists now. Many years later after a long career in engineering, I went to law school and took in a boarder to help offset the expense. This was a young Japanese woman who was getting her masters in EE. Her professor told me that sexism was still alive and well, as evidenced by her struggle and the struggle of the two women professors at that university who quit in disgust. Then there is Larry Summers, who so notoriously denigrated women in the fields of math and science, at Harvard. Should he be Treasury Secretary? Yes, if President-Elect Obama believes he is the best qualified.

I was a Hilary supporter, but have to say I was disappointed in her campaign. It took some time for me to give Obama a chance, but I became convinced that he would be the best possible choice for President, for a number of reasons. And I still believe that.
Hilary is brilliant, and I respect her immensely. And yes, we will have a woman as President. Just not this year.

McCain and the GOP obviously believed that a woman – any woman – would win over Hilary supporters. That says volumes about their opinion of women, now doesn’t it? To my fellow Hilary supporters, I ask that you consider what an insult that was.

The election of Barack Obama marks a new era. I am once again hopeful about our country.
Michelle Obama will be a great first Lady. Whether she wears black and red, blue or pink.
Let’s give her a chance. We should applaud strong, intelligent women, not nitpick about their clothes.

Borat November 8, 2008 at 4:58 am

Price tag anyone? Ahh, doesn’t matter, Barry’s a millionaire author and Todd’s a snowmobile racer who needs to rob Sak’s

rosecitysister November 8, 2008 at 11:07 am

She dresses like the beautiful woman she is, and there is no pleasing some people, who would mock her whatever she wore.

Monyneen November 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm

M. Obama is no Mona Lisa . Some ug-y chick . That dress is a symbal of HER black power . Welcome Obama fans to your new night mare .

Monyneen November 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Mrs obama has made a statement for BLACK power and she is going to push it down our throats . We white religious folks will have to pay the price for not being black . God help our great country .
The dress is her and it is digusting .

rosecitysister November 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm

The only thing disgusting is the way you racist freaks obsess over things like this. You white religious folks are going to have to get used to a black family in the White House. My hope is that people like you eat all the crow you deserve.

SUCK IT UP – the White House has an African-American First Family moving in! Finally, a new vitality and a fresh approach to the people’s business. Drown in fear, you deserve it.

MollyB54 November 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Monyneen and Rosecitysister, are you two for real? Is this really Wonkette poking fun? Surely this kind of nastiness is a joke, right?
Yeah, ok, so there really are hateful bigoted people on both sides of the spectrum. There is no doubt that Barack and Obama are intelligent, compassionate, savvy, and above this vileness. That is why they will be moving into the White House. The majority of people in this country finally realized that we are in crisis, and need competent leaders – not idealogical nutcases.
Monyneen, sad to say, I suspect you are for real, and you and Bible Spice Palin give religious white people a bad name.

MollyB54 November 8, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I meant Barack and Michelle Obama. Oops. And for the record, Joe Biden is pretty sharp, too.
Obama’s pick of Biden was just another example of Obama’s good judgment.
In contrast with McCain and Bible Spice. I do love that name for the Pouting Palin. She made for a great SNL, but it is beyond comprehension that anyone could take her seriously. Of course, I thought that the first time I heard GWB speak, as well.
We dismiss these airheads at our peril – GWB will most likely go down in history as the most destructive President in U.S. history. Obama has his work cut out for him.
RoseCitySis— Whether you (or I) like it or not, President Obama will need those like Monyneen. He was savvy enough to recognize that, as evidenced by his brilliant campaign. He could not have won had he not been able to break through some of the prejudice and ignorance.

rosecitysister November 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm

The day I have to kowtow to racists is the day I move to Venezuela. There are some things that cannot stand. The post by the racist went like this, in case you weren’t sure which one I was replying to:

“Mrs obama has made a statement for BLACK power and she is going to push it down our throats . We white religious folks will have to pay the price for not being black . God help our great country .
The dress is her and it is digusting .”

No, I won’t be “nice” or “understanding” about that. If these people are not called on their bigotry, they will continue to spew their poison, and it’s the kind of poison that their moronic peers will slurp up and call divine.

Sorry, hon. There are just things about which I CANNOT be polite.

rosecitysister November 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

On a more shallow note, if I had dressed her, I would have ditched the cardigan in favor of a feminine shawl or something more sheer, put her hair up and lowered the neckline. She’s gorgeous, she should flaunt it!

MollyB54 November 9, 2008 at 2:49 am

She is gorgeous, and I agree about canning the cardigan. Still, I think she looked lovely. Racists need to be called on their prejudice – agreed. That was a vile, ugly thing to say, and it says a world about the person who said it. It is hard to believe people can have such hatred and bigotry in them. Chances are, they would never be open enough to listen.
Conversely, I have been immensely impressed with President (Elect) Obama’s civility during the ugliest of attacks from the McCain/Palin team and the bigots to whom Palin appealed. Obama rose above it and was a true statesman. That was not being “nice” to the bigots – his dignity only further exposed their ugliness. He did not get into the best colleges by legacy, as McCain did, but by merit. Obama was President of the Harvard Law Review – meaning, he was in the top of his class. McCain, on the other hand, got into the Naval Academy by legacy, and squeaked by 4th from the bottom. Palin went to 5 different colleges, mostly junior colleges to graduate, and has shown zero curiosity – as was evidenced by her colossal ignorance. Obama is a Constitutional scholar with a great respect for the Constitution – something we desperately need after Bush.
Obama is a leader. He will, I believe, be a great President.

I’m excited and hopeful for the first time in my adult life, that I will be alive to see such a President. I just ordered a large 17″ poster of Obama framed in mahogany. It will be hung above my sofa in my office, next to a photo of FDR and an 1890s photo of one of the first women attorneys. Since law is a second career for me, I may never rise to the heights of these people, but they inspire me.

ugogirl November 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Red and yellow, black and white …. don’t matter who’s wearin’ it, that is one ugly assed dress.

ButtUglyMichelle November 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm

THAT DRESS IS UGLY AS HELL MICHELLE!!! Wrong ! Michelle is as UGLY as hell !!

ButtUglyMichelle November 15, 2008 at 11:05 pm

This “Worship and adoration” of Obama is akin to what took place in Germany in the 1930′s. Hitler appealed to the massess with his great oratory skills; he was however, just like Barack Hussein Obamaa very short on substance. Many hours of wonderful oration “Yes we can”, “Ready for change” etc etc but no real policies. Wait for another 4 years to see the horrible mess he will have dragged the United Socialist States of America into!!

ButtUglyMichelle November 15, 2008 at 11:09 pm

As the son of the Muslim father, Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion.

Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

Of course, as most Americans understand it, Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.

His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

With few exceptions, the jurists of all Sunni and Shiite schools prescribe execution for all adults who leave the faith not under duress; the recommended punishment is beheading at the hands of a cleric, although in recent years there have been both stonings and hangings. ….

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