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Tuesday
Nov032009

Mrs. O's Secret Ingredient

We can't wait to find out what it is! Read more about Mrs. O's upcoming cameo on the Iron Chef, here.

Sadly we can't use the photo, but it's a lovely one! Mrs. O wears a Liz Claiborne dress, paired with a Hattie Carnegie brooch from the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.

Better image via New York Magazine, here.

Reader Comments (22)

Love that bright orange color! The dress is so cute.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterkert

She looks absolutely exquisite and the marriage of colours is truly amazing. I'm sick with jealousy though because that programme does not air over here in England.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 3:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterjestina

The dress looks like a Liz Claiborne. It is lovely.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 5:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterY A

I'm wondering if Mrs. O chose to wear an orange dress knowing that Mario Batali is known for wearing orange Crocs.

As in the recent photo with the Girl Scouts, the color of Michelle's sweater and shoes coordinates, while her brooch matches the color of her dress. Is this new, or has she done this frequently in the past?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterColumbia

OK. Finally, here it is, a ghastly outfit about which I can say nothing nice. Completely revolting.

Ha!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterPosh Tater

Great color combination. Really like the cardigan - good length, no belt.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

Really, Posh Tater? Wow !!! I love it. I'm feeling it more as a spring or summer outfit but wow, it just pops right out at ya. I have spent my whole life in neutrals but Michelle has inspired me to wear more colours.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM | Unregistered Commenterjestina

I absolutely love this outfit. She looks like she's having a LOT of fun!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM | Unregistered Commentermeta

the woman is a true style icon.who could thing of pairing orange and turquoise except Mrs.O?.she looks absolutely fantastic.god she always thinks outside the box.there is noting predictable about her style and for me that is the definition of an icon.someone who makes you approach fashion i a way you could have never imagine.

greetings from germany

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:18 AM | Registered Commenterchrystelle

I love the color combo, but it's just a little too matchy matchy with the dress matching the brooch and the sweater matching the shoes. The dress is gorgeous.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterDC

I agree Chrystelle. Now I know why the President pursued her so much. Now I know why he asked her out so many times. He knew she was unique, special, different, a leader. He knew the kind of woman that he wanted to be his wife and children's mother. We're not just talking about how she dresses but her CONFIDENCE in wearing, saying and doing what makes her happy and comfortable. My goodness, what a woman !!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered Commenterjestina

WoW! What a trip down memory lane this dress evokes for me. One of my favorite dresses from the physedellic era of the late 60's was a little felt number with a dayglow orange bodice and a neon lime green skirt. I always wore it with orange patent leather shoes along with a green brooch to match the skirt.

Seeing this outfit immediately transported me back to that time and I haven't stopped grinning since. Mrs. O truly knows how to have fun, fun ,fun with her clothing and I love how it made me feel....happy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM | Registered CommenterAsereht

Asereht got it right. "Fun fun fun" it is.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

I forgot to add that I've got a turquoise & orange combo in my favorite corner of the living room. A turquoise ceramic lamp (1962) that belonged to my mother-in-law, a turquoise mid-century modern Scandinavian chair and throw pillows from India in bright sari orange & turquoise.

I love the combo, but just never thought to actually WEAR It. Boy, am I rethinking my clothes colors.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered Commenterdesertwind

The angle of the NY mag photo is unflattering. I like the orange - hopefully the blue cardi is in reality a brighter turquoise and not this washed out looking shade.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

I'm not soo much a big fan of colour but this look is definitely GORGEOUS on Mrs.O! I could have sworn the first time i saw her orange dress...it looked exactly like the orange/gold rodarte dress she wore in Copenhagen! Then i read and its Liz Claiborne. Whoever the designer is, Mrs.O knows exactly what looks good on her.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterHazwan

The slide show of Mrs. O. fashions in NY Magazine was great! I think the colors in this particular outfit are very bright and cheery. This is a terrific dress..I just think it is too short.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 5:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

I do love the color. I do not think the proportions of the dress and cardigan are flattering. Perhaps it is the bird's eye view of the camera, but her body looks foreshortened in a strange way. She looks like she is dressing up like a little girl in the tiny sweater and high-waisted dress with a full skirt. I believe it is more flattering for her to wear a more elongated waist.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM | Registered CommenterCordelia

Just found out the "secret ingredient" was that the chefs had to use something from th White House garden in their recipes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

jestina I completely agree with the inspiration to wear more colours. Definitely. I mean, I'd had my colours done but even so I kept pretty much in the teal/blue spectrum, maybe a wild bit of coral every now and then. Now I'm doing all sorts of combinations and trying ALL the colours! But yes, this is the first outfit (in a year!) that I'm ... less than ..... well, you know. Thingummy. Hey ho!

Even so, though, "what a woman!" shines through. You can't fault her.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6:23 PM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater

I'm with you, canyongal and cordelia -- the angle of the photo gives an odd effect. Almost looks like there's a bumroll (historical reference, Elizabethan, early 1600's) under those box pleats up at the top, the way they're standing out. I'd certainly be interested in seeing some more photos, to see if that effect is consistent or just an artifact of the one photo.

The husband is grinching about the way the pushed-up sleeve length came out exactly even with the body of the sweater; he doesn't care for the bolero length in general.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterchimene

This is a very strange outfit, made even stranger-looking by the odd camera angle. She looks tiny on top and huge on the bottom.

Alice in Wonderland headed for the Mad Tea Party? This one is indeed a bummer.

Can't win 'em all.

Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

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