Sunday, July 24, 2005

Pot Calls Kettle White

Robin GivhanA brand new twist on the old saying!
Well, look what Darlene's Place found. Attending the elegant CFDA 2004 Awards at the Kennedy Center is Fashion Editor Robin Givhan of the Washington Post. Ms. Givhan is authoress of that infamous critique of the Roberts family's attire at the recent White House ceremony, as not classic, but "old-fashioned ... Old World, old money" and "An Image a Little Too Carefully Coordinated". Go and read Darleen's comments. They are like really funny - NOT faux funny like Wonkette.
"Oh, btw ... Over the jump is a picture of Ms. Givhan and what she finds appropriate to wear to an awards ceremony. 'Poor woman, so bravely smiling after some one stole her dress and left her standing in her slip and underwear.'"
I liked the outfits that the Roberts children wore to the White House, especially after reading that the always predictable Washington Post was not so charmed by the classically dressed family. Actually, I must admit, I found the WaPo's fashion critique to be great writing and somewhat fun. Additionally, I too was reminded of Easter by the colors, but the Necco wafers allusion is downright funny. And if I can indulge myself a bit. shouldn't Josie have been shodden in color coordinated Mary Janes, or at least white patent-leather, not black? I think so. After all, her father's appointment to the Supreme Court may hang in the balance between the appropriateness versus inappropriateness of Josie's black footwear.
"There they were -- John, Jane, Josie and Jack -- standing with the president and before the entire country. The nominee was in a sober suit with the expected white shirt and red tie. His wife and children stood before the cameras, groomed and glossy in pastel hues -- like a trio of Easter eggs, a handful of Jelly Bellies, three little Necco wafers. There was tow-headed Jack -- having freed himself from the controlling grip of his mother -- enjoying a moment in the spotlight dressed in a seersucker suit with short pants and saddle shoes. His sister, Josie, was half-hidden behind her mother's skirt. Her blond pageboy glistened. And she was wearing a yellow dress with a crisp white collar, lace-trimmed anklets and black patent-leather Mary Janes."
Kudos to Darlene's Place for a "take down" of WaPo's fashion guru that was richly deserved, After all, in the very same piece, Robin Givhan scolded Northwestern University's lacrosse team for "inappropriate" footwear at the White House. "Flip-flops, ... meant to be worn into a public shower or on the beach, have no business anywhere in the vicinity of the president and his place of residence." However, Ms. Givhan finds it quite appropriate to wear undergarments, sans outergarments, to the Kennedy Center, but for evening galas only. PICTURE

Suzy Rice has this great Liberal Fashion Barometer at her site, BIRD.

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