19 November 2008

The race to dress Michelle Obama heats up…

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Forget talk of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Alexander Wang dominating chatter at the equivalent of the Fashion Oscars in America. All US designers' eyes were on the other great prize up for grabs - the chance to make fashion history by dressing Michelle Obama for the Inaugural Ball next year. And apparently Team White House has already started searching for the right designer. Diane Von Furstenberg has submitted sketches and is certainly talking the right talk. ‘Well, they asked me to,' she revealed to New York magazine. ‘I'm so proud to be an American. Otherwise, right now we would all be so depressed.' But it looks like DVF will face some stiff competition from the man who designed that Victory Dress. ‘It would be nice to think so,' Narcisco Rodriguez told the New York Observer when asked if he'd be designing the inaugural gown. ‘She saw that dress and liked it,' he explained about Michelle's choice for Election night. ‘She saw it on the runway, she chose it, I guess from the runway...' And though it might have had its critics one half of Proenza Schouler certainly approved. ‘Did you see Michelle Obama in his dress? Really major!' screamed Lazaro Hernandez, before lamenting that she'd probably only ever wear Narcisco from now onwards. But let's leave the final words on the current fiercest battle in fashion to winner and designer-extraordinare Alexander Wang: ‘Hey, if she's ready for some ripped jeans and T-shirts, I'm all here. All she has to do is call. It's all about change, right? She can do it.' Yes she can! Though we're not sure what the fashion commentators rushing to be the first to get out a book on Michelle's style (we predict they'll be at least one a month next year) would have to say about that...


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