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Dress like a (Mc)Queen

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:40 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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We all know that famous fashion icons have a battery of stylists to immaculately plan their looks for public events. In spite of this, it gets rather rivetting for the fashion police when they notice two stylish celebs wearing strikingly similar styles, although at two different events. When the first lady of America, Michelle Obama, wore an iconic Alexander Mc Queen gown at the state dinner for the Chinese President in the White House a few days ago, it became the talking point in fashion circles. The dress got attention for it’s flattering fit on Mrs O.

Interestingly, Black Swan actor Mila Kunis was seen in a similar gown a few days later. Both the dresses are from the Alexander Mc Queen Resort 2011 collection, designed by McQueen’s predecessor Sarah Burton. As we have a fashion face-off of another kind, we get fashion stylist Nikhil Mansata and designer Pankaj Ahuja from the label Pankaj and Nidhi, to tell us which of the two ladies fared better.

Michelle ObamaPankaj says "I love the fact that Mrs Obama chose red (symbolises good luck for the Chinese)." While Nikhil approves Michelle’s decision to wear McQueen, he feels Mila trumped the look. He says "Mila got the look, spot on. Her hair and make-up is immaculate. Whereas, Michelle made a surprisingly bold wardrobe choice with this dress, designed by a British designer." While there is a slim difference between the two dresses, both the experts completely agree that the red gown on both the women was a winning choice.


Michelle Obama at the State Dinner for Chinese President in Washington
“The dress cinches at the right places and the volume adds oodles of drama. It is also extremely flattering. She is statuesque in this now-iconic McQueen dress,” says Nikhil.

“The shawl is a little mismatched with this dress. Michelle should have asked Sarah Burton to do the shawl as well!” says Pankaj.

Mila Kunis at the SAG Awards at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, California

“The colour and the print are gorgeous — a nice balance of bold lines and femininity. The neckline is a little boring though. She could have done without the waistband with this dress and worn it like it was shown during the collection presentation,” says Pankaj.

“On one hand, this McQueen dress has a beautiful and billowy resort feel; on the other, the maxi dress has a rich hot red colour that screams attention. So I like the fact that it's not one-dimensional. Not sure if the delicate gold bracelet adds to the look at all. Still, I would give this look a thumbs up” says Nikhil.