From top: Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Costello Tagliapietra, Bill Blass. All images from Style.com
I was so restrained, especially on television, that people actually called me afterwards to ask me privately if I really liked the dress or not.
I danced around that question in every sociopoliticaleconomic way possible that the anchor, Zoraida Sambolin, had to “bottom line” me as well. Did you like the dress or not, Tom?
Once I saw the dress on the night of the inauguration I knew that I couldn’t say that I liked it, because who in their right mind would, right?
I also knew that I couldn’t possibly go on television and write a blog for NBC saying I hated it because who in their right mind would want to hear such a thing, especially from someone who has styled her in the past?
Certainly, no one in Chicago. Certainly, no Democrat. Certainly not the friends who begged me– begged me, I swear– not to say anything bad about the dress which everyone else apparently instantly fell in love with in the blogoshere and on television that night. Why risk pissing people off, Tom? Would it kill you to say something nice? Yes, Tom, about the dress. Do you want everyone to hate you? Are you nuts? Say something nice, for God’s sake!
So I stayed up a good deal of the night (I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning to get to the studio) trying to figure out how I could balance giving my honest professional opinion without offending public opinion. (Actually, I do that all the time but no one notices. Hmmm.)
So I said what I said and I wrote what I wrote.
I think I acquitted myself quite honorably, if I do say so myself.
Why do I bring this up now, you say? I bring this up today because I now have undeniable proof I was right about that dress and because not a single sighted person in the universe can begrudge me that certitude. I knew the night of the inauguration that she was capable of looking and should have looked– with proper counsel–so much better.
How good could/should she have looked?
Look at Mrs Obama last night at the state dinner for the Prime Minister of India wearing an exquisite custom gown by Naeem Khan. Look at the hair and the makeup and the jewelry (especially those stunning Bochic earings) too.
Now stop looking. I dare you.
Do you see today what I saw on the night of the Inauguration? I’m pretty sure you do now. You don’t have to say a thing. I understand perfectly.
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Tis the season.
I’ve been scouring the racks for killer party dresses and this one is one of my favorites. The runway photo doesn’t begin to do it justice. It’s the LBD of the 2009 holiday season. Wear it as shown or strip it down with gladiator heels or layer it under a killer boyfriend jacket.
And just in case you can wait till March 2010 to take delivery of one of the most spectacular gowns you’re ever likely to see, order this one form Naeem Khan. Price available upon request.