Fashion Cheat Sheet

The Michelle Obama Arm Backlash; Carla Bruni Sings on French TV

And SJP Channels Carine Roitfeld.

10.01.12 5:31 PM ET

The MObama Arm Backlash: It’s a well-documented fact that Michelle Obama has great arms, and that women everywhere are inspired to do more bicep curls because of them. But now, The New York Times’ Joyce Purnick has written a Nora-Epronish essay entitled “Psst: We Feel Bad About Our Arms,” detailing how bare arms isn't necessarily a trend every woman should run out and copy. She writes: “The first lady has made it unacceptable for women to appear in public with covered arms… Those bare, toned, elegant arms of hers have spawned an epidemic of sleevelessness, exposing arms, arms, arms, and not all of them toned and elegant.” But not everyone agrees. Jezebel snapped back: “I’m pretty much done with people lusting after Mobama’s admittedly fabulous limbs, especially when it’s to simultaneously complain about their own pudding-in-a-knapsack upper arms.” [NYT]

Carla Bruni Sings on French Television: Now that she’s out of Élysée Palace, Carla Bruni has reprising her role as a world-class model-turned-signer and took to French television on Saturday for a special musical performance. The former first lady came out of hiding for a special program on the France 2 network where she crooned songs by classic French singers like Charles Trénet, Gérard Darmon, and Claire Keim. [The Cut]

Kate's Old Faithful: Kate Middleton gave fashion fans something to hoot for by wearing industry-favorite designer, Erdem, to a friend’s wedding in Oxfordshire this weekend. [Vogue UK]

SJP Channels Carine Roitfeld: While Anna Wintour may have provided some careful wardrobe advice for Sarah Jessica Parker’s Glee cameo as a Vogue editor, it turns out that Parker’s makeup for the show was inspired by a different editor’s signature look. It was Carine Roitfeld, editor of CR Fashion Book and formerly editor in chief of French Vogue, who proved to be a reference point for Parker’s smoky-eye and glossy lips. [Fashionista]