Michelle Obama in Vera Wang

Posted on December 06, 2011

We are at a loss for words. No, really. Just look:


U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at 2011 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington in custom Vera Wang.

What else can you say to that but “Brava, Shelley. BRAVA.”

Someone needs to tell the guy on the right that the wacky print ties have been out of style for 20 years.

What? All our bitchery was getting backed up being so nice to Shelley. We had to express it somehow.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      I gasped. Love, LOVE that colour on her. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Bravo, standing ovation for Shelly O here.  So refreshing to see a First Lady not dressed like the first Grandma. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/ewiner Elizabeth Dahm Winer

      Color and bodice are GORG, but the bottom of the skirt looks a little can-can.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Agreed. I feel like the emperor in Amadeus, saying Mozart’s piece had “too many notes.” This is too much dress.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

        More agreeance here.  The bottom of that skirt was giving me a headache as I was staring at it, trying to figure out how it was put together.

      • Anonymous

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.  It’s my fave color and it looks great on her.

    • P M

      Bow down, everyone. Bow down. 

    • Sobaika Mirza


    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I feel like the bottom of the dress is a little too much, but everything else is AMAZING!  I also love 1) that the First Couple are holding hands – super cute, and 2) Yo-Yo Ma is looking at Shelley like, Dayum, First Lady, you werq that crazy Vera shit!

      • Anonymous

        I know, they are adorable and it makes me so happy.

        If there’s ever some kind of tell-all revelation gaspfest after the Obama administration is over and it is revealed that theirs was actually a troubled marriage, JFK Marilyn Monroe blah blah blah, I will cry inside for weeks.

        • Anonymous

          I KNOW! Me too!!! It feels so totally authentic. I feel like they are really decent people, and an adorable couple. I am really proud of them. 

        • Anonymous

          WORD.  It’s probably sad how much I have invested in believing that their union is all that it seems (not perfect, just enviable), but so be it.  And for what it’s worth, I don’t think you can fake what they’ve been showing us from Day 1. Or more accurately, showing each other: love, respect, and yes, some good old fashioned adoration. Every time I see them, I think some variation on “Man, he loves himself some Michelle, and she’s loves herself some Barack!”  They make me happy AND proud.

          • Anonymous

            I know, I do love the fact that they have never pretended that the other was perfect but they accept those flaws and truly respect one another.  Really admirable.

        • http://twitter.com/mrsjoe3 Karen Nemelka

          You need to watch Wanda Syke’s “I’ma Be Me” special.  She talks about not being concerned that Obama was going to be another Clinton because you could just tell looking at the first couple that they…ummmm…don’t really want to use her exact words, but the implication is they love each other.  Very funny.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

            That is one of the funniest comedy specials ever. Makes me LOL every time I see it.

    • Mary Stansbury

      That guy next to President Obama is the governor of the wonderful state of Colorado. Considering that formal attire out here isn’t the most fancy or trendy, I’m proud that he at least wore a tie!

      • Anonymous

        Too true.  It could have been a bolo tie!

        • Anonymous

          Mr. Meowing insists on wearing his bolo ties when we go to semi-dressy events.  Sigh.  I have limited influence, even after 35 years together, although I did dissuade him from donning one for a funeral recently.

          • Anonymous

            Aaaw. some things must be accepted. Sounds like you found the best way to work with it.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps where you live works against you? I always think that bolo ties and their (less-worn but still seen in my region) relative, string ties, have a regional acceptance that makes them o.k. for all but the most formal events. And I do mean *most* formal. State weddings and funerals.  I’m in a very informal city in the Southwest, and I’ve seen them at weddings (on the male members of the bridal party), on family members at funerals, gala fundraisers, at a federal judge’s investiture (on what would have been the podium, had there been one), etc.

      • Anonymous

        I actually kind of like the crazy print tie, though it probably wasn’t the event for it. Or maybe it’s just because I like our governor and his wife used to work with my father so we almost sort of know each other. ~grins~

      • http://twitter.com/mmay8 mindi

        I though that was Hick!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jennweinfeld Jennifer McMahan Weinfeld

        The title “Governor Hickenlooper” really just screams for a wacky printed bow tie.  But lets not lump our state into not being fancy or trendy…after all, Mondo is a native Coloradan!

    • Anonymous

      That color should be pert of her regular rotation. It looks great on her.

    • foodycat

      POTUS *knows* his date is the prettiest girl at the party.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Wow–I am not a Shelley fan by any means, but this is… awesome.  The pair of them look great here. (My grandmother actually voted for them because, “My goodness, they’ll look so much better at formal dinners than the other one!”)

      • Sarah Lynnae

        Heehee! Your grandma has her priorities straight.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          To the disappointment of policy wonks everywhere, looking good at state events is a major part of the job. ;p

          • Anonymous

            My political science professor spouse would scowl at this, but you are so right! On the other hand lack of style pizzazz didn’t hurt Angela Merkel, Indira Ghandi, Mrs Thatcher..

            • Anonymous

              Or Hillary Clinton (“the lady in pantsuits”)

            • Anonymous

              I will never forgive her or her daughter for refusing to live curly. I guess curly hair is too…unserious…too…ethnic…I don’t know. 

            • Anonymous

              Or Golda Meir

          • Anonymous

            Lucky Mr Obama has the looks AND the goods!

      • Anonymous

        Bet Jackie won some votes for JFK, too. Elegance/style/intelligence is powerful stuff. 

      • Anonymous

        God bless your grandmother!  She wants the nation to be represented fashionably.  Love it!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for providing this delicious antidote to the previous gaggle of batshit looks.  That color is perfection on her. 

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        Exactly what I was going to say. Nice eye cleaner after the tri-FUG-ta of Madonna, Chloe, and Parker.

        Our Prez and First Lady look like they were cast in Hollywood. Gorgeous couple!

    • scottyf

      It bears repeating:

      It’s in the reach of my arms,
      The span of my hips,   
      The stride of my step,   
      The curl of my lips.   
      I’m a woman
      Phenomenal woman,   
      That’s me.

      –Dr. Maya Angelou

      • Anonymous

        Scotty!  You love the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon too?????

        • scottyf

          Since I first saw it when I was a kid, it’s not Christmas for me without it.

          • Anonymous


            You’re right–Christmas season begins with seeing Charlie Brown (and the original Scrooge, with Alistair Sim).  I remember when the C.B. BEGAN, so it has great sentimental value for me.  I refuse, tho, to buy the DVD, must see it on TV–oldie here.  Merry Christmas.

    • Anonymous

      Love the color, don’t like the bottom of the dress. She looks fab in the color though.

    • Anonymous

      Je l’adore! Stunning! Bellissima! Kakkoi! Bonita! The jewelry! Her glowing skin and smile! her hair! I’m out of languages to massacre, but I can go on and on and on about how completely drop dead gorgeous she looks and how much I admire her as a person all day long.

    • muzan-e

      I went back three times.  Because unexpected and perfect beauty does that to me. 

      Their smiles are filling that whole room. 

    • Anonymous

      Overall, she looks amazing. But am I the only one who thinks the fit on the bust of a custom-made dress should be just a tad more perfect?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

        Nope, I was about to write a comment about that as well.  The way the bust fits here isn’t great – it looks like it’s too tight, or something, like it’s smooshing her chest.  Color’s great, and it’s a great look overall, though.

    • Anonymous

      The color is stunning on her, i especially love the adoration i always see in the first couple’s faces for each other….

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz


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    • Susan Tower

      She looks wonderful.  BTW  the guy on the right is the Governor of Colorado.  Those ties are his signature.  He is kind of a wacky guy in a cool and good way.

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t criticize a guy for a printed tie – men have so little ways to express themselves in formal wear. 

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      GORGEOUS! Love the color on her. And I gotta say, her hubby always looks better (and younger) when he’s on her arm.


      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        It’s true. I hope he thanks her every day for that.

    • Tamara Hogan

      Gorgeous. And how adorable is it that they’re holding hands?

    • Anonymous

      OMG. Stunning.

    • Anonymous

      Brava indeed!

    • Anonymous

      I’m jealous that you guys have such a fabulous First Lady. 

    • Anonymous

      I saw pictures of the First Couple earlier today and I just knew they’d get the TLo treatment. Say what you will about his politics, they are a couple truly worthy of adoration.

    • Brad and Anne White

      Lovely! Just lovely.

    • Anonymous

      So perfect. She has the height, figure, and bearing to carry off that color and the floufiness at the bottom like many others couldn’t.

      I love how happy they always look together.

    • Anonymous

      I could have standed a little less foofaraw at the bottom there, but otherwise I love the look. She wears color so well. I really hope she sets the fashion standard for future First Ladies.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      Hmm.  This is the first thing I’ve seen her in that I haven’t loved.  It looks a little too tight at the top and I don’t love the ruffles at the hem.  The colour is great, though.

    • Judy_J

      They both look smashing! 

    • Anonymous

      The President and 1st Lady both look fantastic.  Love their smiles.

      The color of her gown is beautiful on her.  I think the bottom ruffles are a bit on the fussy side though.  I’d have preferred just the draping from the knee down with no ruffle underneath….minor  criticism.

    • Anonymous

      The President is a lucky man.

    • Anonymous

      On a less statusque woman all that at the bottom would be overwhelming but she has the height and curves to make it work.  Gorgeous!  And I will proudly say I AM a huge fan of her, her politics and her intiatives.  :)  Grow a vegatable, eat and be happy!

    • Anonymous

      She is quite the picture of regal beauty, and she knows it.  That smile comes from looking in the mirror before you open the dressing room door and present yourself to the masses, and thinking, “I look FABULOUS!”  She makes him look younger and more carefree, too.  Now, if he would only lose the American flag pin in the lapel of that wonderful tux……he’s the PRESIDENT, for cryin’ out loud.  He doesn’t need to advertise his patriotism. 

      I believe the ceremony will be broadcast on 12/27 so we can see Shelly’s dress in action.  I can’t wait to watch that ruffled hem undulate across the floor.

      • Anonymous

        He doesn’t need to advertise his patriotism.

        Ha! If he didn’t have that little pin on, we’d be hearing every right wing nut job on TV waving their little hands and stomping their little feet and accusing him of not loving his country and we’d have another million chain mail e-mails floating around about how he’s a Socialist, Bolshevik, Antichrist, not-born-in-this-country, Communist blah, blah, blah.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t doubt his patriotism for a second, so I agree that he doesn’t need to wear the pin as any sign of proof or advertisement…however, I rather like it.   My dad always wears his flag pin on his suits, with pride. 

      • Anonymous

        Don’t you remember when he came under criticism in the 2008 primaries for not wearing a flag pin?  He’s worn one ever since.

      • Anonymous

        I think the American flag pin is obligatory for presidents now, and its absence would cause a great hue and cry.

    • http://twitter.com/anairbb Briana Blanchard

      HA! That’s John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado. And that’s a beautiful color on Michelle.

    • Anonymous

      I love the pic where it looks like Yo Yo Ma is making eyes at her, while the President is distracted shaking hands (with someone who looks like Tim Gunn in profile) in the back. Dang lady, save some for the rest of us.

      She looks fabulous in that color. I just want her to stand up straight; ma’am you are regal–embrace it!

    • Anonymous

      Stunning. What a fabulous couple.

      And I have to say it, why is it that commentators here only mention Obama’s politics when they disagree with them?

      I am a fan of the Obamas, for fashion and policy.

      • Anonymous

        They feel like they have to qualify their compliment, lest the rest of us mistake them for supporters. Cause we’re commenting on a fashion blog…political stance is super important in these parts. ;-)

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for that insight; you make a terrific point.

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress. They seem to have a genuinely happy, vibrant marriage.

    • Anonymous

      I love the color on her.  I thought at first the bottom was a little too much, but now I wonder if this is a dress that looks best stationary rather than moving given the intricate bottom.  Regardless, she looks lovely.

    • Anonymous

      Well done. They are a gorgeous couple.

    • http://www.hilonwheels.blogspot.com hilonwheels

      Aw, she looks FABULOUS! Great color on her!

    • Anonymous


    • Linde Hoff

      Colour is nice, but I’m not a fan of the dress.

    • Anonymous

      Dear lord, can I have that dress? And her body? And her life?

    • CQAussie

      Amazing.  Saw the photos yesterday and STILL am stunned at how beautiful she looked.  LOVE HER!  

    • Anonymous

      Oooooh that royal blue on her is DIVOON.

    • Anonymous

      Barack doesn’t looks so bad either!

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Love the color but I think this dress is unflattering to her figure.

    • MilaXX

      Beautiful gown and stunning color . Well played Shelly.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t that the most glorious color???  I was wondering when you would post about our Ms. O.  The Washington Post simply gushed about the dress…

    • http://www.facebook.com/libby.myers.44 Libby Myers

      Ha! It’s Hickenlooper (the guy with the printed bow tie), what a delightfully Colorado thing to do. Shelley looks fab!

      • Anonymous

        The ‘Looper! yay Colorado!

        Shelley is beyond stunning! My favorite shade of blue evah.

    • Anonymous

      No WERQ?

    • Anonymous

      Late to the party here, but I’m firmly in the Yowza, home run camp.  That color and the shape of that dress are fabulous on our First Lady.  They both look show-stoppingly handsome.  Makes me a little teary-eyed, especially the happiness (and there’s too little of that lately ) that they’re radiating.  Maybe they’re consummate actors, but that vibe comes off as genuine to me, and that’s beauty that beggars words.

    • Anonymous

      Love that hairstyle on her, and the dress looks fabulous. The arm candy isn’t bad, either. A++, Shelly. 

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

      Love the color.  Love her.  She’s gorgeous!

    • Jessica Wyatt

      Bah! She drives me crazy. SHOULDERS BACK, MICHELLE. Otherwise she looks great.

    • penn collins

      The first lady SHOULD be the center of ALL attention, and dang! Wow, Brava! Lets see one of Newt’s dozen (ex) wives pull *that* off!

    • Anonymous

      They both look fabulous and vivacious. And what a happy accident (or how cleverly planned) that the gown pops so nicely against the  burgundy walls and ceiling of the theatre.

    • Anonymous

      you cant possibly be so surprised about the color…. theyre entering into 2012, election craziness will take over, you can expect a lot of blue from now on. 

      its very pretty though, a little unflattering in some areas but her hair and makeup are stunning! 

    • aimee_parrott

      That color is perfection on her.  I love our gorgeous first lady.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      our first lady is so fabulous, i love it :) and smart too! go shelly o!

    • Ann Erickson

      love those earrings! and the color! super fierce.

    • Anonymous

      Completely awesome. And her husband there looks fine, too. A spectacular couple.

    • Anonymous

      WOW. I am not a fan of hers in general, but she looks absolutely spectacular here.

    • Lulu Lafurge

      Vah. Voom.

    • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

      She looks gorgeous. And that color is perfection on her.

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      She is so fabulous. My favorite FLOTUSA ever.

      Also, I can’t be the only one who giggles at the 3rd picture – it looks like Obama got caught checking out her badunkadunk. Not that you can blame him. ;D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      Also, Oscar De La Renta must be SO PISSED. Has she worn anything by him yet? 
      No ding for the matchy match earrings? Surprising, TLo! But she does look fabulous, full-stop, so I understand not wanting to take away from that. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      They are applauding the hilarious Steve Colbert. Don’t you wish you could have been there?  Obama was rather hilarious himself.

    • Anonymous

      It makes me happy to look at them.

    • Anonymous

      Can we elect our next president based on his hot wife, his fine self, his enviable marriage, his adorable kids, and his cute dog?  Oh, and his righteous values, actual integrity, and ability to express himself as an intelligent human being (yes, I’m looking at you, Republican candidates).

    • bloodshothalfblind

      goddammit! she is a vision!  im voting shelly o in 2012.  4 more years of fabulous fashion!  

    • Jessica O’Connell

      This almost makes me wish I had worked KC Honors this year… but I wouldn’t have gotten to see them anyway so HA no catering for me this year, bitches!

      Also, she looks fantastic.

    • Jessica Goldstein

      Don’t love the details at the bottom, but really who cares? The color, cut, hair, makeup, etc. are all superb. She looks spectacular.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, shoulda been a WERQ!

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      The color is amazing, and those earrings are stunning.  Love it all!

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      The top of it is beautiful, but it was kind of scroll-down fug. I gasped when I saw that hideous skirt. To be fair, I hate all skirts like that.. I don’t think that line is flattering on anyone. Hips up it’s a great look, though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/katherinempg Katherine Pisarro-Grant

      She looks stunning. What a gorgeous dress. The color is beautiful, and I love her earrings. What a handsome couple they are!

    • Anonymous

      That color looks stunning on her.  She hit all the right marks.  Brava Shelly O, Brava!!

    • Anonymous

      I like the top, the middle is too tight, and the bottom is atrocious! Boo, Shelly, boo!!

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Well played, Mrs. Obama.  

    • Anonymous

      yeah, uh, you’re sitting next to the president of the US and you wear a frekin polka-dot bow tie?!?

      Shelly O. looks amazing.

    • Mariah J

      That dress is amazing…batshit crazy tie made me lol

    • Mary McClelland

      Gasp. Good gasp. Oh she looks stunning. If only the president impressed me this much! 

    • Anonymous

      She’s the first First Lady that makes me forget who she usually stands next to and then go, oh right, he’s in the picture too.

    • http://profiles.google.com/claudiaberry Claudia Berry


    • http://twitter.com/pointlesswords jaymeglynn

      These people seriously radiate strength and happiness. She looks incredible. Breathtaking. I’m so in love.

    • Anonymous

      I really am not into body snarking or commenting 

    • http://twitter.com/applecocola Stacy


      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

        Please.  She’s sitting next to Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep.  It’s an entire row of slouching, cut the woman a break.

    • Anonymous

      She looks great.  Fantastic color!

      and UGH.  I hate novelty ties.  They are a huge pet-peeve, and regular guys at weddings everywhere seem to universally think they are being “funny-ironic” when they wear them.  When my husband wears his Tabasco tie, he always defends himself by saying “I get so many compliments on it every time I wear it!”  To which I say “They are complimenting you because they don’t know what else to say and ‘you look ridiculous in that tie at age 42′ seems too mean.”

      But he doesn’t listen to me, and I’m stuck going to weddings with a man in an ill-fitting Brooks Brother’s navy blazer, Tabasco tie and chinos.  It’s a step up from a hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts, and Chacos no doubt.  Which is what he half-seriously always threatens to wear to formal events.  But why won’t our men listen to us?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      It’s gorgeous and all, but that dress looks like it’s awfully snug considering it was a custom gown and everything…

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      It’s a Shelly Slam!

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      Wow, she looks f’ing amazing.  

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      Wow, she looks f’ing amazing.  

    • Anonymous

      lovely.  that shade of blue on her is perfect.  

    • http://www.deathbywhippedcream.com/ Addis R. Pérez

      Have you seen this Fabulous Obama Shopper Tote? http://www.japanla.com/detail.php?design=3711

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      And the way she’s bopping with her glasses and fabs earrings during the Sonny Rollins tribute set made me crack a huge grin.  Who did those accessories?