One of my readers, Barbara, suggests Kenneth Cole's dress as an alternative to "the Derek Lam Dress". In the image above, the dress appears to have a lot going for it, but because the dress is relatively inexpensive, the feel and durability of the fabric need to be inspected in person. I would also examine the neckline and shoulders carefully to make sure they fit properly and don't look cheap.
EM & Co, a West 3rd Street boutique, supplies fashion-conscious shoppers (like me and my peeps) with a well-orchestrated mix of fashions from world-class designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Iodice, Stella McCartney, JCdeCastelbajac and Beatrez, as well as innovative styles from emerging L.A. talent. EM & Co is an active supporter of local talent, hosting monthly art exhibits and other fun events featuring local artists and designers. Check it all out at www.emandco.com.
Necklace Worn as Jacket
SuperFabulous Lisa Soltis Leather Bib Necklace, $195
EM & Co is having a 4th Anniversary Sale Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th ☠♡✌☼✉✍☀☆ 20% off all clothing throughout the store, including all sale items 15% off all accessories throughout the store Stop in for some champagne, and some great deals...
Shop early for the best selection!
Look what I got there when I was in LA!
Beatrez Pink Dress Front and Back Views
The Only Jeans I Deem Worthy of Their Full Price
These jeans are made in Italy of Japanese denim and designed by MichikoKoshino. They also look amazing with my pink dress.
Front Pocket Detail
Back Pocket Detail and Hem Detail
EM & Co's Vitals
7940 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 782-8155 Hours: 11 am until 7 pm, Extended hours on Thursday www.emandco.com
You definitely would find me there, if I were in LA.
Last word on Em & Co.
The owner of Em & Co, Eveline Morel, is delightful and has great taste. She really is able to hone in on your individual style, and makes excellent recommendations. Her Manager, Indra Patel, is very helpful and lovely as well. Shopping there was like spending an afternoon with your g-friends.
Wins Michelle's Best Look (Color, Jewelry, Fit perfectly compliment each other and Michelle.) Full Silhouette
The color, pattern and shape of this dress are very flattering. Michelle should choose more clothes that float away from the body.
Here pattern and scale work for her. Close-up View
Again, pattern and scale working to wonderful effect.
This shape is great for Mrs. O. Again, the bottom half of the dress flows away from the body.
Looking Good, Looking Casual
Losses Way too much going on here. Tribal, romantic, preppy, dainty, tough: We have a lot of choices, but we have to make decisions.
Not the right cut for the first lady.
Overall, I like the concept of this outfit. The pattern, color and shape are sensational, but upon further inspection a not so complimentary thing is happening at the waist. The spreading of a top underneath a belt makes one look heavy. Further Inspection
A negative or large feature should not be accentuated. The feathery detail is not doing Mrs. Obama any favors.
The fit or cut of the trousers is very unflattering. A looser or more fluid style would be better.
The scale of the pattern and fit of the dress work against her.
In Banana Republic's windows, they are styling the mannequins with sweaters, tops and belts worn this way. Just because a famous person does something doesn't make it any less scary.
I just don't get this.
Ties Very Standard for Mrs. O, but I do like the drape detail at her waist.
Cute dress, but the sweater and jewelry do not need to match. Too Garanimals!
Not a bad look for Michelle, but the pleats at the waistline coupled with the narrowing of the dress towards the hemline produce an unflattering, puffy effect at her mid-section. Side Views
Great dress, but the necklace is all wrong, in scale and length. Krom's recommendations: Click for Details
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