If you read my column, you know I like to Monday-morning quarterback as much as anybody. The red carpet, major award shows, whatever. But I can only take it so far. Because it's fashion. It's not that serious.
That's why I'm so irked about a complaint by the Black Artists Association regarding First Lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe during the inauguration. The group's cofounder, Amnau Eele, is upset that Obama didn't pick any black designers. Eele told Women's Wear Daily, “It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?”
“It’s one thing to look at the world without color but she had seven slots to wear designer clothes," she was quoted as saying. "Why wasn’t she wearing the clothes of a black designer? That was our moment.”
Our moment? Er, last I checked the inauguration was America's moment. It was for everyone - and that means people of all ethnic backgrounds. For the record, Wu is Asian American and Toledo, Cuban American. I think it's wonderful for these two unknowns to get a boost like the one Obama gave them although I'm not sure that's why she did it. Maybe she just liked the lemongrass-colored ensemble and that floaty evening gown she wore. Regardless as to what you think of her choices, you have to admit that she was radiant in them.