By Elizabeth Snead The whole world has been watching the most powerful fashion show in history at the London G-20 summit. They might just as well have called it the Style Summit and done away with all the silly political and economic agendas. We’ve gotten a fascinating look at how our new first lady, Michelle Obama, will be representing the U.S. abroad with her unique and affordable all-American sporty chic. And she’s definitely gotten more raves than outrage from the international press for her fashion choices, from J. Crew catalogue sparkly separates to Thakoon coats and Jason Wu dresses. But it was also interesting to see how powerful female role models from around the world handle the pressure of public fashion scrutiny. And most of them handled it with grace and aplomb. There were no dreadful "hot messes" in the bunch. But at the tail end of the week, Michelle even held her own against French First Lady (and former supermodel) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at a NATO meeting in Strasbourg, France. And that is no mean feat. Of course, they both looked like they'd decided to be the dowdy one. Maybe neither woman wanted to look like she was trying too hard to win the Style Smackdown!
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