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Oscar de la Renta says dressing Michelle Obama not a priority

The designer says it's everyday women who influence fashion today.

By Kim Anne Mar 25, 2013 9:39PM

He’s been known for being a favorite of many U.S. first ladies of the past, including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. But designer Oscar de la Renta says dressing the current first lady, Michelle Obama, is not his No. 1 priority. 

According to the Daily Mail, de la Renta said, “An anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, not a movie star or a first lady.” But later, he said that he felt bad that he and the first lady’s relationship had gotten off to a rocky start -- he has criticized her wardrobe choices in the past -- and that he felt bad about the criticism he gave her. 

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He later said would still like to dress her at some point in his career. “But will it make any changes to my business? Does my customer in Dubai care if I am dressing Mrs. Obama or not? I don't think so," he told the magazine. "They only care if I am making dresses they can wear.”

 

The question is, after all this back and forth, will Mrs. Obama even want to wear his designs in the first place? We shall see.

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May 6, 2014 5:59PM
Oct 28, 2013 10:26PM
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I think Mr. de la Renda is really,really upset because Mrs. Obama has not asked him to design a dress for her, and why should she?
Apr 3, 2013 2:35AM
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I'm not a "suck up". I'm sharing my opinion, just like you.  Have a great day!!
Apr 2, 2013 3:47AM
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OMG, I never in my life read such mean and hateful things.  What did this woman do to you? I wonder how many of you claim to be a Christian.  Mrs. Obama has class; she is smart, and pretty.  I think she looks great for her age.  She obviously takes care of herself because she has toned arms and legs. Mrs. Obama attended Princeton and Harvard Law School, and worked for one of the 6th largest law firms in the US before meeting President Obama.  She accomplished all that with her brains, not her daddy's money.  I'm glad someone in the White House is recycling; every dress she wears is paid for with our tax dollars.  Secondly, I know all of you have seen the first ladies before her?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Barbara Bush, need I say more.  SO PLEASSSSSSE STOP HATING!  

Mar 29, 2013 12:34AM
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she is a celebrity chasing white hating fame whore with a face like a block
Mar 28, 2013 8:19PM
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Such haters you are. You all wish you could be like the FIRST LADY. Go sit down somewhere and get a life. Jealously is not pretty and doesn't look good on any of you.
Mar 27, 2013 11:59PM
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REALLY PEOPLE!!!? Well dressed or not, any designer she chooses to wear, is being done a favor, because of the media attention he/she will receive.

 

Michelle has the power, privilege and opportunity  to influence and impact the WORLD! And then get to say Ooooh MR. President!!! in your own bedroom of the WHITE house (and really talking to the PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.!!!!). 

 

REALLY PEOPLE!!!...everyone gets talked about, but really she rocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 26, 2013 8:11PM
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To Whatstars:

 

I would hate to think how many women find you ugly! 

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