While I'm still not sure how I really feel about Michelle Obama's frothy, one-shouldered Jason Wu gown, I know I absolutely loved Dr. Jill Biden's tomato-red floor grazing masterpiece. Albeit safe. What do you think? The gown in the classic, powerful woman's red classic shade was Reem Acra. The horseshoe opening in the bodice was just sexy enough. And the high waist bodice seems to be a look that's favored by gown wearers this ball season.
Reem Acra, like Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo, is an American designer who grew up in another country. (Can we say Obama melting pot?) Acra's gowns are a hit on the red carpet, especially this year's Golden Globes. She dressed Eva Longoria Parker in a body skimming red gown that was the epitome of hottness. She also dressed Rumer Willis. That dress was OK, but not on her.
Back to the significance of Jill Biden's dress: Red is the strongest, yet most feminine shade on the rainbow. It can be hard to wear if you don't know whether you run toward cool (bluish) or warm (yellowish) tones. And with the wrong cut, red can be very matronly. Staid. Boring. But the toned Dr. Jill Biden pulled it off... fabulously.
The vice-president's wife also chose a bold red coat during the daytime swearing in ceremonies. We liked it. Red played well against Michelle Obama's Inaugural daytime nude shades and super princessy looks. Both women were sleek and feminine, without being mega fussy.
Lastly I want to give Jill Biden props for the Milly grey, glen plaid dress with a deep blue ribbon belt we caught a glimpse of at the luncheon. Loved the cowl neck. Love Milly, who is known in the fashion world for her vast array of sophisticated but far from staid frocks. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have made it hip for powerful women to care about clothes again. Let's all watch as we enter a new strong, yet, feminine era that is sure to excite the fashion world for wives and politicos.