game to guess what Michelle Obama is wearing


Anything from Uzbekistani hats to antique Russian horse bridles spotted in a Moscow museum might spur this Paris-based interior designer's creativity. - Her necklaces are handmade in Nepal, using duchesse satin, turquoise, labradorite, Bead bracelet and tiger's-eye, and embroidery techniques from India, Iran, Tibet, and the Philippines.

Between Paris and New York, a line of gold adornments emerges.Somebody told me," says designer Olivia Wildenstein, "the best way to find your style is to take away the stones and try to create something just out of the gold." It was good advice indeed for the former FIT and Parsons student and Oscar de la Renta intern. Over the past three-and-a-half years, she's been working on an impressive collection, called Keemee, of mostly gold pieces (with a smattering of diamonds and other gems). Wildenstein, who Two Hearts pendant lives in Paris and New York, has divided her line into two groups: "Modern" is an assemblage of chain necklaces and bracelets, made of links in shapes like circles and hearts, and "Natural" includes rose-petal imprints rendered in gold (Fred Leighton sells an exclusive group of these). Her aim is to keep it all comfortable, pretty, and light. Wildenstein explains, "You can wear it now, in five years, in 20 years. And you can pass it along to your children."

It's become a fun fashion game to guess what Michelle Obama is wearing. Who didn't pat herself on the back for recognizing that the possible future First Lady's Fourth of July sundress was from the Gap? When Obama spoke in June at a luncheon for the National Partnership for Women and Families, it was a little harder, but not impossible, to figure out that her minimalistic striped suit was by Narciso Rodriguez. But who made that deep-purple feather-and-jet brooch pinned on her jacket?We'll tell you: It was a one-of-a-kind piece by Obama's silver bracelets fellow Chicagoan Carolyn Rosenberg. The designer, a former secondary school French teacher in London, started hand-crafting these feather pins, as well as necklaces, as a hobby after taking classes at Chicago's Lillstreet Art Center. Rosenberg had inherited antique feathers and jet beads from the 1920s and '30s from her great-aunt, Gladys McPherron, a milliner who used them to decorate hats. "It was always a treat to go to her studio," says Rosenberg. "She had boxes and boxes, each one full of something more spectacular than the next." Rosenberg has repurposed the embellishments for her brooches and necklaces, available at Ikram, Chicago. Mystery solved!

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