Mobama and VB, each one half of, arguably, the most powerful couples in their home countries (sorry Sarah, but the Beckhams trump the Browns in column inches). However, though they’re both part of a matrimonial mega brand, that’s where the comparison ends… The first ladies (of politics and, umm, Armani underwear?) are pretty much chalk and cheese. Particularly in looks – Michelle’s sporty stature would dwarf puny Posh.
So when we heard Victoria has her sights on styling Michelle, we thought, not a fashion match made in heaven.
‘I would love to dress Mrs. Obama absolutely, absolutely, absolutely!’ said Victoria, ‘I just think she’s incredible. She’s a very strong woman and she’s beautiful.’
We agree VB, she’s all of those things - but as we know, from the catwalk clones Victoria cast for her New York fashion show, her dresses best suit a certain type of (whippet thin) woman. Do you think they’d suit muscle-bound Michelle (who attributes her toned arms to ‘determination’), or are pitted to the more, fragile framed beauty? VB claims her designs transcend body shape…
‘I love women,’ said Victoria, ‘I just want to make women feel good and beautiful. It’s been a huge compliment that ladies have enjoyed wearing my dresses and they look great. It just goes to show they can flatter women of all different shapes and sizes, all different heights, and that’s what it’s about.’
However, after her pro-size zero comments on US chat show The View - ‘Most of the [catwalk models] are naturally thin. I don’t think we should be discriminating against someone because they are too thin.’
Either way, the fashion designer is determined to get her hands on the first ladies closed and had the perfect showcase in Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a coral fit-and-flare dress from the SS10 collection when she met the first lady in Washington this month. Strategic product placement on Victoria’s part of just a happy coincidence?
Over to you… Do you think Mobama could benefit from a WAG-over? Or should the Vogue cover star dubbed ‘the mistress to American fashion’ by The New York Times stick to her own trademark formula (sleeveless + shift dress + oversized pearls). Cos if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
By Amy Molloy