For BlackBerry users, the long awaited BlackBerry App World has now been released. This is BlackBerry’s response to the iPhone’s App feature, and offers many of the same apps that iPhone offers. In fact, some of the feature BlackBerry apps include: Guitar Hero, Pandora, UNO, a calculator to assist with workouts, and many more. Now, BlackBerry is becoming more competitive in the smartphone industry, and competition is a very good thing (maybe, it might help to lower the iPhone prices).
One would think that our first lady, Michelle Obama, would represent our country by wearing more affordable threads. However, she traveled to London looking like a fashion plate by wearing a $2,500 coat by Thakoon that was specifically designed for her, a pair of Jimmy Choo heels ($770), and for evening wear, she wore a dress by her favorite designer, Jason Wu (which probably costs $1,000), a Michael Kors jacket (more reasonable), and a Azzedine Alaia belt (again, very pricey).
Now, I understand that Mrs. Obama wants to put forth the best image for her country, but the fashion that she selected is extremely expensive. She could have resorted to classic and beautiful looks from J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Theory, Eileen Fisher, or Macy’s label INC. These outfits would have been less expensive and still have a degree of elegance.
This is not taking a partisan swipe, because if it were Laura Bush spending an excessive amount of money on her wardrobe during an economic downfall, you better believe I would be calling her out on this as well. Mrs. Obama is very well dressed, and there is no doubt that she brings back a taste of Jackie Kennedy’s fashion to the mix. However, it could have been done in a more cost effective way.
From Banana Republic, Mrs. Obama could get a beautiful coral dress, a complementary brown open cardigan, a gorgeous pearl necklace and gold leather heels (from Kenneth Cole or Chinese Laundry). The total would be under $200.
You can still look classy by shopping at normal retailers and look like the belle of the ball.