The Washington Post did a terrible job if it was attempting to hide its joy over Four More Years for their superstars the Obamas. "The Reliable Source" gossip column on Thursday repeated its usual pitter-patter love for "style superstar" Michelle and her stylist Meredith Koop:
"Four more years! . . . of exquisitely coordinated Obama family fashion. The president’s first term made a style superstar out of Michelle Obama, but have you noticed? The entire first family has a way of turning out in the same palette almost every time they’re photographed. It’s a subtle color-coordination that manages not to look too matchy-matchy." They have "great presence," we're told:
The first impression? Nice-looking family! It’s only when you study the clothing that you realize how together they all look. (Italics theirs.)
“I call this style ‘comfortably confident,’” said Lauren Rothman, a fashion consultant based in D.C. “It’s not about a particular piece of clothing, it’s about the overall look. A true style statement comes from great presence.”
....Pay attention and you’ll see they do this all the time: The 2011 portrait with the family in blues, violets and black — the president’s plum tie picks up the purple in Sasha’s dress. The 2008 convention appearance with Michelle and the girls in teals and lilac. A Fourth of July with everyone in (of course) red, white and blue; a vacation shot with a palette of white, blue and navy.
Happy coincidence? Doubtful. The first lady has used a stylist, Meredith Koop , to fine-tune her closely chronicled look; presumably the family has taken pointers when they’re likely to be photographed.