Simon Doonan is never one to fear going against the grain. He was certainly going against the grain when, a few months ago, he said he didn’t think Michelle Obama’s style was “chic.” Cue the audible gasps!
But the FLOTUS seems to have won him over, after all. In a recent interview with New Republic about his forthcoming book Asylum, Doonan explained his previous comment:
The reality is, Mrs. Obama is quite chic, but not sort of in a vain, self-involved way.
So then why did Doonan say otherwise? “I guess I was getting sick of people talking about her appearance all the time, and I thought it was very unfair to her and borderline insulting,” Doonan said. “To me, it’s quite clear that what makes her a great First Lady is her intelligence and her strength and her warmth.”
That’s certainly true. But then again, we, at Fashionista feel that fashion is an important part of Michelle Obama’s public figure–certainly, it’s one aspect she works to cultivate. And, moreover, we think discussing her sartorial choices, like we did with Wendy Davis, does not take away from that intelligence, strength or warmth Doonan is talking about. Actually, we think it helps celebrate those qualities.
Doonan, on the other hand, says he thinks “public servants aren’t supposed to be wasting time indulging their vanity and their sense of fashion.” He added that Washington D.C. should just embrace its “unfashionable” rep.
Still, MObama should feel free to flaunt when she wants to–something Doonan calls “a basic human right.”
“Everyone should flaunt themselves at least once a day.” Amen to that.