Fashion designers flock to Michelle Obama

06 November 2008


Michelle Obama's only been First Lady Elect for about five minutes but the fashion world are already flocking to support her. The morning after she appeared in her Victory Dress - a Narciso Rodriguez S/S '09 gown - designers came out to praise her elegant, modern style, the way she mixes H&M with high end LINK and said they believe she'll spark fashion trends amongst American women. No surprise perhaps when people are already asking whose gown Michelle will choose to wear for the Inauguration Ball? Here's what a few American designers had to say about Michelle's style. Hmmm.... Sound like fashion pitches to anyone else?

Diane von Furstenberg: ‘Smart, engaged, beautiful and confident.... Her style is who she is...and people will discover it little by little. Fashion is a reflection of our time and this is truly an exciting time.'

Maria Pinto: ‘They're modern. Very approachable. That's what people love about Michelle - she's comfortable in her own skin. She can go from J. Crew to designer.'

Oscar de la Renta: ‘Mrs Obama is certainly stylish and very good looking. It will be great for any American designer to dress her. Paying attention to what the first lady wears has always been part of the American syntax even though there isn't a special budget allocated for her to dress well nor has she been able to accept clothes for free.'

Donna Karen: ‘She is powerful, elegant and sophisticated. You see the woman first, she is not overpowered by the clothes. We expect a role model. She is a mother, a wife. She has all the attributes that matter.' [WWD]


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