Michelle Obama took quite a leap from her usual understated sartorial choices and went full on Studio 54 in terms of her footwear when she sat down with Sarah Jessica Parker to discuss Becoming at the Barclay's Center on Wednesday.
Dressed in head-to-toe Balenciaga - a canary yellow silk dress and sparkly thigh high boots, Obama told Sex & The City's SJP that with the White House days now behind her, "now I'm free to do whatever I want."
The dress is from Balenciaga's Spring/Summer '19 collection and the boots Spring/Summer '18 both during Demna Gvasalia's game-changing tenure as the brand's creative director.:
As someone who played a character that is no stranger to extravagant shoe purchases, Sarah Jessica Parker was just the right person to have this conversation with.
However, for Michelle, wearing $3 900 (just over R56 000) boots similar to those often spotted on Kardashians, was not about flaunting wealth nor a portrayal of excess. According to Vox.com, she simply wore them because she liked them.
“They were just really cute,” she explained. “I was like, ‘Those some nice boots!’”
Since the Obamas vacated the White House, Michelle has been noted to change her approach to fashion, going from typically lady-like and demure to slightly more daring but still tastefully and stylishly so. Pant suits, off-the-shoulder tops and even shorts are all part of this "girl" from the South Side's wardrobe now.
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We’re finally here! I’m so excited to share my memoir with all of you today! As I’ve reflected on my journey, I’ve learned so much about where I came from, about the people and moments that shaped me, about all of the struggles and the growth along the way. But mostly, I learned to embrace the fullness of my story—every bit of it. As I write in the preface, “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” I hope this book is meaningful to you, even in the smallest of ways. I hope you find something in it that resonates with your life. Most of all, I hope that each of you can embrace the beauty of who you are, and I wish you all the best in your own process of becoming. Go to becomingmichelleobama.com and share your own #IAmBecoming story with me.
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There was no better way to kick off my tour than meeting with these incredible students at my high school alma mater. To the incredible group of young women I met today: Keep reaching for your dreams and remember, embrace your strengths and lay them on the table with pride.The world needs to hear from you! #IAMBecoming
Michelle Obama's 2018 fashion hall of fame should therefore not be considered a sign of rebellion, but rather a meaningful fashion statement highlighting once again that women can present themselves as multifaceted beings through dress.
This is particularly more significant for older women and women who hold certain respectable positions in politics, academia, medicine, law and even royalty, where their revered titles inadvertently stifle any room for self expression in the public eye.
We're certainly looking forward to more major fashion moments from Michelle Obama as she continues her Becoming book tour in 2019.
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