Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan

Posted on June 08, 2011

No sense in being coy about it. Shelley O knocked another one out of the park, darlings.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer at the North Portico of the White House as they arrive for the State Dinner in Washington. Michelle Obama is wearing a Naeem Khan gown.

Fits her beautifully; the neutral color and beading look fantastic on her; and we love the squared-off neckline. Also love the bouncy hair and gold bangles (although she could have removed a couple of the latter). Simple and chic, which is what we’ve always said should be her style directive. She’s clearly listening to us and fears our judgment. Years from now, when she writes her memoirs, we expect at least a full chapter about what bitches we were and how we kept her on her toes, style-wise. We’ll want approval on who plays us in the movie, of course, but we’re thinking they should be thin, young, and gorgeous.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • Valerie Owens

      You guys crack me up. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/Daleksneedhugs Megan

      I’d like to nominate Shelley O for Rear of the Year. She looks AMAZING.

      • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

        Lol yes!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37300827 Johnny Heffernan

        Pippa Middleton shall also be contesting for the honour.

        • Anonymous

          Pippa had nary a bun in sight, nor facial lips.

    • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

      Eh…it was pretty but it was shapeless in places and didn’t fit right in the bodice.

    • Anonymous

      She looks gorgeous. I adore her hair like that. There’s something very modern about the way the beading is done. I forgive the weird armpit gap.

    • http://twitter.com/Naddy_Lite Nadege

      She looks amazing! I love the hair and she should wear her hair in curls more often. The dress is a beautiful color to offset her lovely skin tone and the shoes work with the dress.

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree. Especially about the curls – she’s got such a great face for them!

    • http://twitter.com/Menshevixen DH

      Good lord she is beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t see the hair style that well but I think I love it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/caitlinsteinert Caitlin Steinert

      Love love love her hair! But something about that dress… it’s kinda shapeless? Or maybe it’s too tight across her midsection? I don’t know. Something about it is just a little off.

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      I wish there weren’t so many shots of her lifting it to walk, but when she is standing still she looks AMAZING.

    • aussiegal77

      I spy fabulous shoes under that beautiful dress!  Loved the hair too!

    • Jessica O’Connell

      She looks lovely! Love the dress on her and I really really love her hair like that. I hope she does that more often because it looks fantastic!

    • Anonymous

      Fabulous dress and she looks amazing in it. Her shoes are pretty fab, too.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      First of all, I LOVE curls on this woman! Secondly, she looks glorious. A wide-hipped, child-bearing goddess. Flaunt it, Shelley!

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  I can only think ‘statuesque beauty’ when I see pics of her.

    • Anonymous

      The dress is fab, and she looks great….EXCEPT I can see her navel and the outline of her buttock.  Really?  A slip?  Some kind of smoothing undergarment?  Please????

      • Anonymous

        Sorry to say, I’m kind of with you, there.  It’s hotter than h#ll in DC but our FLOTUS needed to be wearing spanx under that dress.  That having been said, the dress is great for her and yay!  for wearing some high heels and curly hair!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1751548758 Todd Gangel

          I was starting to wonder if I was the only one. Didn’t TLo criticize Kim Kardashian for a visible belly button just one post earlier? I think it’s a far worse offense when committed by the FLOTUS at a State Dinner. Mostly love the dress, but the execution is just off here.

      • Sara__B

        The gown definitely needed some additional lining (or different undergarments). No matter how stunning the dress and the First Lady may be, the First Bellybutton should not be visible at a state dinner.

    • Anonymous

      She looks like an Amazon Woman again!

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        That’s exactly it. She looks a too big, important, and beautiful to pick at. I think there are nits to pick but the overall effect is wonderful.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Beautiful dress.  Love her sexy hair.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: We’ll want approval on who plays us in the movie, of course, but we’re thinking they should be thin, young, and gorgeous.”

      I was thinking you two should be played by Kiefer Sutherland and Mark Consuelos.

      And yes, Shelly looks gorgeous (and have we ever had a President who looked at his wife like that? I don’t think so.)

      –GothamTomato
      (who would like to be played by Debra Winger)

      • juliesdenton

        I often notice the loving and admiring looks he gives her.  Always makes me smile!

    • Anonymous

      She looks gorgeous and I love the curls on her.

    • scottyf

      I’m thinking Shannel & Ongina to play you guys.

      • Anonymous

        OK, I change my casting choices to Keifer Sutherland and Ongina.

        –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      Holy cow, she does look gorgeous. Once again.

    • http://twitter.com/StephanieCaruso Stephanie Caruso

      LOVING the oprah hair look she’s been rocking lately

    • David Albright

      This is just another reason why Democrats are better, the first lady shows up in that gorgeous gown, and the fmr. Speaker of the House wears a vintage Mugler dress that she “just pulled out of her closet.” 

    • Bridget Dierks

      In response to this look, I’m going to throw my hand on my hip and say, “DAMN, girl!” 

      Seriously, though, she looked fabulous.

    • AudraR

      Wow, this may be the first time I have ever loved her hair. She looks good. The dress looks a little loose and shapeless, but overall A-.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Fab. Naeem Khan’s designs consistently flatter her figure. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEWIPTXU4OETAKD6BDPXWAA2MY Adrienne

      She looks great here. 

      But I kept thinking, isn’t the rule of jewelry is to put on what you want to wear, and then take 1-2 pieces off?  And then I thought – what if that is what she did?  I just started wondering what it would have looked like with bangles up to her elbows. 

      But truthfully, the hair, the dress, and even the jewelry – all amazing on her. 

    • Anonymous

      While I do love the fact that she looks like a beautiful, tall, Amazon woman and seems to love working that look (like myself), there are a few minor nitpicks I have with it. I don’t like the little bumps the dress is giving her in the middle. I wish she wore a slip like someone above had mentioned to smooth out the front. I kinda wish it was tailored just a wee bit better around the pits. Still, love the beading, LOVE the color on her because it’s not matching her skin tone (I’m looking at you pale starlets–don’t touch this dress if you don’t want to blend in with the fancy curtains at your aunt’s house!), and I love that it lets her play up her height even more and appear more statuesque.  And I think it’s awesome that the FLOTUS wears too many bangles for you guys..personally I dig ‘em. 

    • Anonymous

      While I do love the fact that she looks like a beautiful, tall, Amazon woman and seems to love working that look (like myself), there are a few minor nitpicks I have with it. I don’t like the little bumps the dress is giving her in the middle. I wish she wore a slip like someone above had mentioned to smooth out the front. I kinda wish it was tailored just a wee bit better around the pits. Still, love the beading, LOVE the color on her because it’s not matching her skin tone (I’m looking at you pale starlets–don’t touch this dress if you don’t want to blend in with the fancy curtains at your aunt’s house!), and I love that it lets her play up her height even more and appear more statuesque.  And I think it’s awesome that the FLOTUS wears too many bangles for you guys..personally I dig ‘em. 

    • Joan Hedman

      I’m sorry but that dress looks like a nightgown (at least on my monitor, which admittedly is sub-par).  It’s shapeless and, as another commenter noted, I can see her belly button.  Two posts ago you ragged on La Kardashian for the same thing, so why does Mrs O get a pass? 
      Everything else is great, and I bet I’d love the dress, too, if she were wearing a slip or a body shaper or something that didn’t make it seem quite so covered-up-but-revealing, the way nightgowns are.

    • Anonymous

      Michelle looks lovely.  She really stands out…all the attention goes to her. 

      On a related side note…I laughed at the yahoo feature of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her gift to Hillary Clinton…photo of  the two of them side by side, from neck to knees…poking fun at their mutual love of pantsuits.  The Chancellor is no fashion match for Mrs. Obama.  ;) 

      Now, if TLo wanted a real challenge, they’d rescue those 2 women. ;)

      • Anonymous

        You can’t rescue someone who doesn’t want to be rescued, and I really think Hillary’s in that camp.

      • Lori B

        When Hillary was First Lady she was fair game.  As Secretary of State T Lo has wisely declared her off limits.  Ditto to Chancellor Merkel, she is running a major European nation and what she wears is a little beside the point, no?

        • Anonymous

          I realize that Lori B…I follow TLo daily.  I was cracking a joke…hence the wink.  

          geesh.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, she definitely knocked this one out of the park. That dress is gorgeous and she looks amazing in it.
      I have said before that this is my favorite type of hairstyle for her. The loose, bouncy curls frame her face beautifully and soften her severe features. A+ to her and to TLo for for steering her in the right direction. :) 

    • Anonymous

      i love it when she wears these deceptively understated dresses. i think as time goes on she’s going to learn to strike that perfect balance between first-lady-proper and WERQIN’ IT.

    • Anonymous

      Well this is fabulous.  Great style and color for her.  I love her hair this way.  She is tall enough to get away with this heavy jewelry – it would be too much for a smaller woman, but on her it looks bold and interesting.

    • Anonymous

      FLOTUS rocks it. Again. 
      She is really flawlessly performing in the role of first lady. She’s got brains and good judgement and fabulous style. 
      Love you Shelley. I never doubted you girl!  (my part in the movie should be played by someone shockingly insightful and gorgeous.)

    • Ceur -

      I’m stilling looking for a set of pictures where her face looks relaxed and pretty instead of either angry, tormented or just tense. Why ruining that smashing body with an unattractive face? She has the features, she just does things with her mouth that should not be done.

    • Anonymous

      To play Tom and Lorenzo:  Michael Fassbender (his mother is Irish!) and Oscar Isaac.   Rowrrrrrr!!!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Mrs. Obama brings it again! I knew you were going to say something about the bracelets, though.

    • Joanna OConnell

      Her best feature is her confidence. No matter what she is wearing, she stands up straight and proud, she looks at ease with herself, and she is engaged with what is going on around her. I LOVE her as an example to my teenage daughter: how to carry yourself with dignity, pride, humor, and elegance.

      Also love the dress. A REAL person has a few lumps and bumps, and that’s OK.

      • Anonymous

        I agree that a REAL person has lumps and bumps.  Lord knows, I own majority stock in that company.  I don’t think the dress is too tight.  The gown’s fabric has a clingy drape that accentuates all the wrong curves.  A slip or more stable lining fabric would’ve allowed her natural, statuesque beauty to shine without drawing attention to the concave navel area and cleavage of the posterior.

    • Anonymous

      WOW!she totally killed it,this lady knows how to work it.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful!

    • Amanda in Austin

      T will be played by Ryan Gosling, and Lo will be played by Wilmer Valderrama.

    • MilaXX

      Love it! Looks like she’s wearing a higher heel than her usual kitten heel. Looks great.

    • http://twitter.com/therosh Rosh

      I love love LOVE Naeem Khan’s clothes. They are beautiful, flattering and very cleverly incorporate Indian inspiration/design motifs. I would love to see more of his clothes/collections on the blog :)

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE the hair and the fact that our tall girl First Lady wears the heels now and then and so what if she’s towering over some of them boys?  Like the jewelry and the dress, but I do think it shows more of the shape of her body than is usual for her. I hate to say a body-hating thing, but I do think that as the First Lady it’d have been better to have a lining or slip with more body to it, or some more shape-obscuring undergarments.

      We kind of expect our first ladies to gloss over too-realistic reminders of their sexiness.

    • Anonymous

      The more I look at this dress the more I love it. Alone and on Shelly. It looks really expensive. I get the idea that she’s lifting it in several of the pictures because her aide reminded her of the pricetag, the intricate beading and her decision to wear spikey heels that oh so easily can catch the bottom of that uneven hem.

      I also love how the creativity Shelly (and her stylists) put into her looks. Do we ever see her looking the same way in two consecutive outings? Brava.

    • http://verenahafner.wordpress.com/ Verena

      I’m not a fan of the silhouette the dress gives her. The way the straps are cut and sit on her shoulders narrows that area and gives her a pear shape where there isn’t one. The colour is great on her, love the hair, the beading and the shoes! There should have been Spanx underneath – I can see her bellybutton.


      verenahafner.wordpress.com

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahahahahaha! Snort!
      Definitely need to be thin, young and gorgeous, and even then they won’t match your fabulosity.

    • Anonymous

      I love how Barack is always looking at her like, “Can you believe I got this?”

    • Anonymous

      I always notice that, Prunella! I LOVE it! She looks gorgeous. Love her hair.

    • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

      I <3 our President and First Lady — they're so classy.

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous dress and styling but…she is deficient in the lingerie department.  The dress is not so fitted that one should be seeing the First Navel and other First Parts.

    • Lattis

      Mrs. Obama kind of melts my heart. See the way Angela Merkel looks at her? That would be me, too.

      eh hrmm On the casting issue . . . these guys are probably older than our dear Tom and Lorenzo, but how about Hugh Laurie and Robert Downey Jr. ? I would pay good money to see them snuggle, banter and bitch.

    • mcarlson

      Wow, she’s a tall drink of water, isn’t she? That first photo made me realize how tall she is.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Forget about Shelly O. What was Angela Merkel wearing?!?  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Just okay, but I do love her hair

    • Anonymous

      My pet peeve is when women wear dresses that they must adjust as they wear them – especially when a woman has to hold up the hem to walk in it.  It just looks sloppy to me. 

      And you two are so fabulous, you should play yourselves in the movie. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      This is great on her.  She’s really gotten herself a good pair of stylists, lately!  (cough, TLo TLo).

      Very summery & chic.  Even the shoes are perfect for this dress.

    • Anonymous

      I love the top on her — she knows what kinds of tops flatter her — but she always just misses on the bottom half, imo. There’s just too much fabric below the waist, making it heavier than it should be (and it’s just a wee bit too long too, making the whole bottom half vaguely sloppy).  

    • Lisa

      Love it!  She looks gorgeous, and I love her slightly tousled hair, too!

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous, totally. Love her hair, it looks particularly nice. The dress, the shoes, the bangles, all great. Chancellor Angela may be thinking why can’t I look like that? A look of admiration, nonetheless. They are a handsome couple.

      The last picture is awkward and maybe shouldn’t even have been taken.

    • elzatelzabelz

      THIS. This is what she should always wear. This silhouette is beautiful. The color gorgeous, etc. This is a win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vicki-Fong/9374102 Vicki Fong

      Beautiful! Not every dress has to be tight! Remember, T-Lo, there’s an official gay in the White House, the social director! Bet he reads your column. 

    • Diana Martinez

      Am I going to lose my citizenship if I say she could have used better undergarments?  She looks good, just kind of … mushy.  =(

    • Anonymous

      That last photo is a little odd but aside from that she looks AMAZING! Good work, guys.

    • Anonymous

      When I saw this picture in the paper yesterday my first thought was, what will TLo say? Uh oh, I’m becoming a groupie. Agree especially about the soft hair, that is a look she could do more often. My goodness are our POTUS, FLOTUS tall!!!!! Never as obvious as when with European VIPs.

    • Anonymous

      Good lord above!  That is gorgeous!  I ove every aspect of this look.  It is chic, elegant and youthful.  Out of the park indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Aw she’s so beautyfull, what an awesome First Lady we have. WERQ IT GIRL!

    • Anonymous

      I think she looks lovely whenever she wears Naeem Khan.  She should stick with him more often.

    • Nicole Seeley

      I’m actually surprised you guys had no criticisms here, the dress doesn’t give her any waistline and it’s unflattering to her midsection. Maybe it’s simply a matter of better undergarments like some others have pointed out. Also, the new Queen-to-be shouldn’t wear all one color but it’s ok for Michelle?

    • Anonymous

      I’m actually surprised you guys had no criticisms here, the dress doesn’t give her any waistline and it’s unflattering to her midsection. Maybe it’s simply a matter of better undergarments like some others have pointed out. Also, the new Queen-to-be shouldn’t wear all one color but it’s ok for Michelle?

    • Anonymous

      I’m actually surprised you guys had no criticisms here, the dress doesn’t give her any waistline and it’s unflattering to her midsection. Maybe it’s simply a matter of better undergarments like some others have pointed out. Also, the new royal lady shouldn’t wear all one color but it’s ok for Michelle?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Beautiful!