Since her arrival in India on Saturday, US First Lady Michelle Obama’s 1960s look has become the talk of the town. On Sunday morning, Michelle visited a school in Mumbai with husband, President Barack Obama, wearing an outfit reminiscent of 1960s style icon, former first lady, Jackie Kennedy. On her arrival in India, she wore a grey silk tunic, which was akin to the 1960s styles of designer labels Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
“She has been dressing right on trend with these 60s- inspired looks. Like the floral printed skirt she wore as she played hopscotch. The thin belt with it was also vintage,” says designer Jenjum Gadi.
It’s not just her clothes, even her hairdo is toeing the vintage line. “The slight bouffant type volume on top is undoubtedly a modern interpretation of the big hairdos from the 60s,” says hair stylist Rod Anker.
“Her style in India has been a mix of old world charm and comfort. It’s her own original interpretation of it,” says designer Suneet Varma. He points that while her outfits are not as sharply tailored as Jackie O’s, they are equally glamorous.
“So, if Jackie wore pencil skirts and Chanel jackets, Mrs O has gone in for easier silhouettes like skirts, and day dresses. This has also helped make the Indian public be at ease with her,” adds Varma.
And, like every other true-blue fashionista, Michelle also mixes designer pieces with affordable labels. One of her outfits on Saturday, included a moss olive lace top from pret label J Crew, which costs approximately Rs. 5,000.
“The fact that she doesn’t always wear designer labels is why she has become such a style icon,” says jewellery designer Pieter Erasmus.
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