Monday, September 1, 2008

Brooching the Subject

Often when I see women sporting brooches, the look is kind of old-school, school-marmish, or a throwback to the late 80s linebacker-shouldered power-suit days.

Or they're little itty-bitty things, like barely a commitment to wearing jewelry.

But Michelle Obama's brooches during the Democratic National Convention gave a nod to fashion, a certain kind of style sense, one that I can't quite put my finger on.

The starburst speech on her teal dress added to her radiance during her speech. Brooches lined the neck of her fuchsia and black Thakoon dress on the night Barack gave his address.

Clearly, whether she's styling herself, or someone else is providing advice, keeping the fancy framing her face is a great tactic; every closeup shot of her applauding caught site of the sparkle, which was just enough, very chic and not at all over the top.

She's like her own assemblage of a Thousand Points of Light with those brooches, turning heads and laying claim to a style all her own.


Kitty said...

hm...I'll have to check her out.

It takes a certain level of sophistication to pull off a brooch, I think, without it looking awkward.

I myself am a minimalist in terms of jewelry but I'm trying to retrain myself. It's tough, lol

fishwithoutbicycle said...

I love a good brooch, I'll have to check out Michelle Obama's. I'm obsessing over vintage style jewelry at the moment ;-)

Spandrel Studios said...

Hi, Kitty. Brooches are tricky - an air of sophistication definitely helps.

Being a minimalist can be good; if it's your style, then why force yourself to wear something you're not comfortable in?

Spandrel Studios said...

Fish, as it turns out, I believe Michelle Obama's famed brooches were by a design duo from Detroit - Erickson Beamon? Some of their designs are quite lovely.