Power dressing took on a whole new meaning if the 2008 Vanity Fair best-dressed list, out on August 1, was anything to go by. US presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle (44), and French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s supermodel spouse Carla Bruni (40) won Vanity Fair’s vote for best dressed people at Nos 2 and 3 respectively.
US real estate magnate Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka (26) stood tall at the top spot in her indispensable 5-inch heels, Prince Williams’ girlfriend Kate Middleton (26) kicked in in royal style at No 4 and sexy fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker (43) was No 5.
Designer Nikasha Tawadey believes the selection shows that fashion is now more about brains than just looks. “Considering Michelle Obama’s not from the fashion industry, it’s commendable that she made it to the list.”
Designer Suneet Verma agrees: “A year ago, no one knew her. The way she complements her husband and what she brings to his campaign is more of a fashion statement than her clothes.” Michelle Obama was swathed in a Maria Pinto purple sheath with a black Azzedine Alaïa belt as her husband received the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bruni is a designer’s dream come true. Verma recalls how she used to send fashion photographers into a tizzy as she scorched the Parisian ramps.
While Vanity Fair proposed she might just be the next Jackie O, designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed said: “Jackie O was fashion royalty. Bruni is a bit too bohemian”, adding, “Parker should have topped the list as she has a certain sense of quirkiness, which is what fashion is all about.”
Meanwhile, it came as no surprise that Bruni’s signature wardrobe item is a pair of flat shoes. At 5’9” she’s 4 inches taller than her husband.