Vivienne Westwood Calls Michelle Obama's Fashion Sense 'Dreadful'

08 March 2013 by

Vivienne Westwood isn't exactly known for biting her tongue, and in an interview with New York Times' critic Eric Wilson she has turned her critical eye to Michelle Obama. The first lady might have had the seal of approval from Anna Wintour, wear designs by Jason Wu and Thakoon and be America's first lady of fashion, but that doesn't mean she is safe from a Viv-ism.

Westwood clearly can't stand her vibrant All American style as she said: 'Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears….I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her.'

She added: 'Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether. It just has to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous. That's what fashion is there for. It's there to help, not just to make you look more conservative.' Ouch.

This isn't exactly the first time Viv has taken a stab at someone's style, as she has trashed Kate Middleton's make up as she said to the Sunday Times Magazine 'The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.'

Viv also said she wanted Kate to recycle her wardrobe revealing: 'I don't have any advice for her, [although] I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that's very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message. I mean you don't have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next.' But she said in the interview with the New York Times that she didn't criticize her, she just thinks people should buy less.

The 71 year old is unlikely to stop provoking any time soon and in the interview Viv was a little feisty on a number of subjects. She confessed she was upset that the Metropolitan Museum of Art didn’t take her V&A retrospective: 'I’ll tell you the truth, not that it is a very good idea to tell the truth about things, but I was very cross with the Metropolitan Museum for not taking my retrospective. I think it’s ridiculous.'

She's also so over American journalists as she added 'I’m also rather bored with American journalists…You know, America is an isolated territory, with all those editors who think they are so powerful. Mostly, I think they are rubbish.'

So what do you think of Michelle Obama's style? Rate her All American first lady look in the gallery below...

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Michelle Obama at the The Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon - July 16, 2014

Michelle Obama at the White House, November 2013

Michelle Obama at 106 & Park at BET Studios, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Bell Multicultural High School, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Arlington National Cemetery, November 2013

Michelle Obama at the White House Kitchen Garden, October 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House toward Marine One, September 2013

Michelle Obama at the Lincoln Memorial, August 2013

Michelle Obama at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, August 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House for a trip to Africa, June 2013

Michelle Obama in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at Tegel Airport in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, April 2013

Michelle Obama at McCormick Place in Chicago, February 2013

Michelle Obama during a skit with Jimmy Fallon, February 2013

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu at the inaugural ball, January 2013

Michelle Obama taking part in the Grass Roots Campaign, Oct 2012

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese at the Demographic National Convention, Sept 2012

Michelle Obama in J Mendel at the Olympics, July 2012

Michelle Obama in a Marchesa gown at The White House, March 2012

Michelle Obama at the Healthier Future Summit, Nov 2011

Michelle Obama in Tom Ford at Buckingham Palace, July 2011

Michelle Obama in ASOS, July 2011

Michelle Obama in Barbara Tfank at Buckingham Palace, May 2011

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen, Jan 2011

Michelle Obama at the World Leader Lunch, Sept 2010

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan at a state dinner, Nov 2009

Michelle Obama in Thakoon at the G20 Summit opening dinner, Sept 2009

Michelle Obama at a NATO dinner in Azzedina Alaia, April 2009

Michelle Obama arriving in London in Jason Wu, March 2009

Michelle Obama opening the Stevie Wonder White House concert in Kai Milla, March 2009


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