Couches

I thought it was her taste in clothes, but maybe it’s just me.  No matter what Mrs. Obama wears, she reminds me of a couch.  For example, compare this (her dress for the inauguration) and this (a yellow couch).  Or how about this (her ball gown) and this (a white couch).  And, lastly, this (her dress when her husband won the presidency) and this (a black and red couch).

Is it me, or does this woman really wear clothes as if she was dressed by an interior decorator instead of a fashion designer?

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Gringo

    “My baby thinks he’s a train.” Or was it a couch? Saber….(The Guatemalan equivalent of “What do I know?”)

    Babalu Blog has this to say:

    First Lady’s fashions, designed by a Cuban

    That’s probably the reason she wasn’t in black and red, the colors of the 26th of July Movement tonight like she was on election night.

    But a poster to Babalu notes that Narciso Rodriguez, the son of Cuban refugees, designed the black and red dress that Michelle Obama wore on election night. I am partial to black and red, as those were the colors of my high school.

    Babalu links to a NYT article that points out that Isabel Toledo , the designer of much of Michelle Obama’s clothing , was born in Cuba. What catches my attention is the quote from Woman’s Wear Daily, about Narciso Rodriguez, who has also designed clothing Michelle Obama wore. His parents were born in Cuba.

    On Monday, Women’s Wear Daily speculated that Mrs. Obama might have chosen Mr. Rodriguez because of President Obama’s desire to improve relations with Cuba; the designer has Cuban roots.

    Yes, the Castro brothers really love the GUSANOS who left their regime for the US. Is this an examples of Women’s Wear Daily being clueless because it is apolitical, or clueless because it is run by unthinking liberals?

  • Quisp

    I had a white bedspread once with puffy things on it sort of like that ball gown.

  • Oldflyer

    Cattiness does not become you Book.

  • Mahlon

    You are cold, heartless, and completely right. That’s why we all love you so much.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Ungentlemanly, Oldflyer…..and (I think) untrue, besides!

    Did you click the links? It’s quite true what BW is saying….I had to laugh.

    The only outfit I really hated was the red and black, and it made me retch the very first time I saw it – now I will NEVER see it without thinking of those vinyl couches!! What could she have been thinking? Did she not get a chance to see herself in the mirror in that getup early enough to figure out some alternative?

    Awful.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Here’s one that’s not catty: it’s not Michelle; it’s the clothes. I think she looks fine in sporty J. Crew or well tailored suits. It’s when she dresses up that she inevitably reminds me of a . . . sofa. I guess it’s the fabric choices.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Women spent far more time and far more specialized in clothes, interior decorating, and what not, Old. You should trust in their instincts.

  • http://sillielizziesrock.blogspot.com sillielizzie

    Actually I thought that her red and black dress the night he won the presidency was more reminiscent of THIS —-> a black widow spider

  • Greg_Bookworm_Amore

    You are — sadly — correct, Old Flyer, that such lowbrow cattiness ought to be beneath Bookworm. But let’s face it, this post is among Bookworm’s dirtiest, but it’s typical of her inner Sarah Palin expressing herself without fear of accountability for ignorance, bad taste or lack of manners. It’s what happens when Idiocracy (the movie, a reference that if you don’t get it, don’t worry, it’s not worth it, despite the movie’s perceptive skewering of Bookworm’s MO) and a degenerate embrace of tribalism, forms the basis of thought and perception.

  • jlibson

    I am with Oldflyer on this one.

    We look like the left when we criticize our public figures for frivolous things.

    I don’t mean to be humorless about it. But I think that since the vast majority of Book’s stuff is really good analysis and commentary (i.e. it is not a humor blog).

    Happily our current govt is a target rich environment for legitimate criticism! :)

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Yikes! jlibson!!

    Are you really saying that this post “look(s) like the left”? To my mind, that’s like saying someone who cuts back their red-meat intake to four mealss/week looks like a vegetarian…..doesn’t scale count for anything, here?

    Compare Bookworm’s taking notice of Michelle’s “dress-up clothes” and showing that on three occasions, they looked like a sofa, to Daily Kos, Huffington Post, or any of the other sites we all think of when you mention “the left”. My reaction is “You can’t be serious!”

    Book is being analytical, not hysterical — isn’t that enough of a difference? She is nuanced – explaining that Michelle’s normal style is attractive and appropriate, and that maybe it’s something to do with her designer. Etc. Cite us just *one* example of the sources from “the left” that you referenced doing anything remotely approaching this.

    Come on, folks! I do not believe in what the Daily Kos does…but are you seriously suggesting that ANY notice taken of oddities, or miscues, or corruption, or whatever might be construed as negative, must necessarily be out of bounds, because it makes us “look like the left”?

    I reject that outright…..we are human beings. Noticing that Michelle has thick ankles isn’t forbidden — harping on it constantly (Bush has a problem with the English) *is* (or should be) forbidden. Neither Bush’s malapropisms nor Michelle’s ankles have anything to do with policy differences or anything else of importance and it’s wrong to “use” these issues as if they did. But is that truly what you see going on here?

    Here’s my pledge: I’ll join your campaign, but only if Bookworm mentions Michelle’s style more than once or twice/month….and not until then.

    GREAT set of comparison slides, by the way, Book — I laughed out loud!

    Update: Why am I not surprised to see Greg back on Bookworm’s blog….it was nice while it lasted, Greg. You really are a putz!

  • suek

    >>Compare Bookworm’s taking notice of Michelle’s “dress-up clothes” and showing that on three occasions, they looked like a sofa, to Daily Kos, Huffington Post, or any of the other sites we all think of when you mention “the left”. My reaction is “You can’t be serious!”>>

    Sure they’re serious. It’s the usual effort from the left to achieve silencing of criticism. They don’t have the law on this one, so they try to use shame. “Shame on you – you sound just like those you think are terrible”

    Alinsky principle: “force your opponents to follow their own rules – all of them – to the letter.”

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Suek: You are correct, I think.

    My answer is that we *are* following our rules in this. I hope you will join me in an absolute refusal to allow those who oppose us to tell us what “our rules” shall be.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    We look like the left when we criticize our public figures for frivolous things.

    We’ll look like the Left when we march in lockstep because people like you are too afraid of voicing a dissenting opinion. Then we’ll look like the Left. Until then, you contradict yourself and that’s not a good thing to model.

    But I think that since the vast majority of Book’s stuff is really good analysis and commentary (i.e. it is not a humor blog).

    You must have missed all those humorous posts then. Just like saying Neo-Neocon is a political blog and that must mean she shouldn’t write posts about candy cane or jello moulds. It’s about conformity when it should be about freedom of expression and creativity.

    Happily our current govt is a target rich environment for legitimate criticism! :)

    There is no such thing as “legitimate criticism”. There is only loyal opposition and disloyal opposition. All else fades in comparison to that Great Divide.

    What is “legitimate” criticism for the LO is illegitimate to the DO. As such, Book as a loyal opponent of the Obama administration showns no disloyalty to the Constitution or the office by making comments on fashion. To claim otherwise… is exaggeration. Even if she was the disloyal opposition, she still wouldn’t have made any illegitimate criticisms, since Earl’s point hits upon scale and proportionality.

    If all the Left did was criticize Sarah Palin’s fashion sense, they would look like us, not the other way around. In reality, the Left conducts personal assassination missions to make it look like Sarah bought multi hundred thousand dollars worth of clothes, with no mention of good vs bad fashion, by herself for herself.

    To make the criticism or even the observation that Book “looks” like the Left here is beyond all reasonable expectations and all reasonable standards.

  • Charles Martel

    I have always found Book to be thoughtful in the way she criticizes other people’s dress.

    For example, the time I met up with Book for some coffee, she could have easily sneered, “What’s up with the tattered tie-dyed T-shirt and ragged short shorts, Chuck?”

    Instead she chose to query me gently: “I couldn’t help but notice, Mr. Martel, that your togs may be tiring at the job of protecting you from exposure.”

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    That’s Book for ya. Classy

    Course, she could also throw you out the window very easily. Gotta watch out for that. Can’t be too cutting edge on the fashion there, Charles.

  • Tiresias

    I’m just so pleased to be able to be a (completely unwilling) participant in America’s successful attempt to render her proud of her country, for only the second time in her life – that I look right past the fact that it requires an upholsterer to marshall a sufficiency of fabric to successfully stretch across that expanse of butt.

  • Oldflyer

    Yikes, I hope no one took me seriously. I would never, never, criticize Bookworm, except in an attempt at humor. In this case, not an entirely successful attempt.

    I do confess that I leveled the same charge at NeoNeoCon.

  • suek

    >>“I couldn’t help but notice, Mr. Martel, that your togs may be tiring at the job of protecting you from exposure.”>>

    Heh heh.

    That’s a _great_ line! Gotta try and remember that one!

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    Now, girls. A little sisterhood, please. Remember, you’re all victims of the same oppression.