The New York Post has ruled that Michelle Obama comes off better in this Battle of the Outfits than her French counterpart, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy:
In one corner, Michelle called on one of her designer go-tos, New York-based Thakoon Panichgul, for a custom-made floral silk jacquard coat and contrasting dress.
In the other, Carla pulled out a velvet lamb skin coat and Babe bag by her favorite legendary Paris house of Dior.
But “babe,” not so much. Even in kitten heels, Mrs. O towered over the French president’s hot wife. Her guns easily overpowered her fashion opponent’s.
Mrs. Sarkozy sullied herself by choosing a putty non-color that managed to turn the former supermodel into a drab dame.
I concede on that “non-color” — there’s something of cheese mold about it — but Mrs. O has once again managed to come up with something that could be flattering, but isn’t. I think it’s the pattern: just a little bit too large and unsubtle, even for her Amazon-lite bod. (Like she’s “dragging around a shower curtain,” says Webutante.)
To me, it’s a draw. Your mileage, of course, may vary.