The Free and Not So Free World should be happy that Mrs. POTUS wore Tom Browne and that the President did not. Browne’s women’s collection is elegant with a truly modern, sculptural edge that was a surprising but sophisticated choice for the First Lady.
Brown’s menswear (especially his Bar Mitzvah Boy Outgrew His Pants- Inspired suits) have a deliberate and comical Pink Lee vibe. (For those too young to remember, Lee’s kids show was the lead-in to Howdy Doody in the early 1950’s.) Happily, the President did not follow suit and choose Hickey Freeman instead.
“A former design director for Ralph Lauren’s Club Monaco and an award-winning designer who — distressed by the disheveled mess that was men’s wear in the aftermath of business casual — took a pronounced taste for a geek version of the 1960s ”Mad Men” style, and also a pair of scissors, to the traditional suit. Having decided that the American male uniform of jeans and a T-shirt had lapsed into a form of dreary establishment dressing, Mr. Browne set about reviving the suit, a costume that once defined the establishment. Slashing away with abandon, he arrived at a silhouette that was lean and shrunken, with trousers lopped off well north of the ankle,”–NY Times
“Mrs. Obama wore a navy-silk, checkered-pattered coat and dress by Browne that were inspired by a menswear necktie. The outfit was specifically designed for the first lady, but Browne said he wasn’t 100 percent sure she was going to wear it until she came out with it on Inauguration Day.
“I am proud and humbled,” he told The Associated Press.”–USA Today
And Presidental fashion watchers everywhere are relieved that Browne kept his mitts (No, not Romney) off the Big Guy on January 21, 2013.