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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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Mar 26, 2013 4:27AM
Surprising he makes clothes that will cover her huge rear.
Mar 26, 2013 4:11AM

She doesn't need him anyway.  She does much better representing new and upcoming designers...with an edge.


Mar 26, 2013 4:07AM
Wow!!!!  So much anger and disrespect for such a beautiful lady!!!!
Mar 26, 2013 4:03AM

Michelle Obama presents herself best in town and country casual wear.  She looks fantastic in them.  The photo above is a horrible photo.  It is the angle taken with her leaning forward almost looking something out of a 60's sci-fi planet movie.  Had they waited so that she was standing at a different angle, the outfit and Michelle would be cosidered stunning in this.


Some people look best in frilly stuff.  She presents well in tailored, well-defined clothing.  J. Crew, Hilfiger, Anne Taylor Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren all could do her justice right off the rack.  Evening wear should be the same, sleek smooth lines more almost an early 60's look would be fabulous on her.  It should never be a person wearing the designer.  It should be the designer creating a look that the person can wear and with that be a total compient to the designer and the wearer.

Mar 26, 2013 3:54AM
You all suck...she doesnt need him or negative comments...she is a smart woman knows what she is doing....bye!
Mar 26, 2013 3:44AM
It is sad to read so many negative thoughts about the first lady. I wonder about those who write these comments go to church, pray at night, and call on the name of God. You will be judged by God and only God.
Mar 26, 2013 3:36AM
Look at who he dressed and the clothes they wore. The last first lady that dressed on the level of Mrs. Obama was First Lay Kennedy.
Mar 26, 2013 3:27AM
why all the hate for Michelle Obama? I don't agree with her views but I'm not blinded by them. She's beautiful. The picture that they posted for this article, how can you not say she's beautiful? When she gave the award for best film at the oscars, she again was beautiful. When you hate on someone just because you do not agree with their views makes you just like the talking heads on MSNBC. Those people have a lot of hate and they've convinced the liberal base to hate conservatives through their pulpit. Why be the same? It's stupid. The country is divided, why keep making the divide greater with stupid hate?
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