Style Double Shot: Michelle Obama in Monique Lhuillier and Tadashi Shoji

Posted on April 30, 2015

FLO has been busting out some very striking looks while hosting and entertaining the Japanese Prime Minister, but we’re not a hundred percent supportive of some of the choices. Shocking, we know. Come walk with us.

Michelle-Obama-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-Akie-Abe-White-House-Visit-Monique-Luhillier-Fashion-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe to the White House in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress with matching coat from the Spring 2015 collection.

Michelle-Obama-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-Akie-Abe-White-House-Visit-Monique-Luhillier-Fashion-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection

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Like we said, it’s striking, but the longer we look at this coat the more it starts looking just a little tacky to us. We don’t know… we suppose we’re just over the digital printed fabrics. They all tend to range from gimmicky to “airbrushed van.” And we’re sorry to say, this coat is very much of the latter persuasion. We like the shape of it, and the color story, but the “Florida motel wallpaper” quality of it is hard for us to ignore.

Love Mrs. Abe’s capelet and salute-to-America clutch. Dressing for the occasion. Attalady.


Michelle-Obama-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-Akie-Abe-White-House-Dinner-Tadashi-Shoji-Fashion-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama host state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the White House in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama is wearing a Tadashi Shoji gown from the Fall 2015 collection.

Michelle-Obama-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-Akie-Abe-White-House-Dinner-Tadashi-Shoji-Fashion-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015 Collection

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It’s a beautiful dress in a beautiful color, but the alterations aren’t doing it or her any favors. Not that we would expect her to wear a sheer skirt and plunging neckline, but the proportions have changed so much in that bodice that it no longer looks elegant or chic. The neckline is too closed up (not so much for her but for the line of the dress) and the straps are too narrow now. And the way the skirt goes full right at her fullest point doesn’t flatter her at all. The view from the side is particularly bad. There are a ton of Tadashi Shoji dresses that would look stunning on her without any changes made to them. She should’ve picked one of those.


[Photo Credit: Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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