Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

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. 

More from Living: The hair & makeup guys say they love

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.

More from Living: Hairstyle of the day

Tell us: Who do you think influences fashion?

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images, David Livingston/Getty Images

Bing: Who influenced fashion the 1970s

More from Simply Chic:
The first-ever Global Kids Fashion Week
Is Kate Middleton avoiding maternity wear?
Science now proves it — bold lipstick makes you look younger

 

314Comments
Mar 26, 2013 4:11AM
avatar

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

 

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

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
avatar
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
avatar
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
avatar
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
avatar
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?
Mar 26, 2013 3:22AM
avatar
The spring collection at Target is more suited to the first lady's sense of style.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Sisley Phyto Lip Twists

    10 weatherproof beauty products to combat April showers

    Sprinkle in these wet weather essentials so you'll be ready for whatever these springtime days bring.

  • Getty Images

    9 key fashion items every girl needs

    Let's face it: winter's bitter cold left us feeling disillusioned with our wardrobes. So with warmer days ahead, it's time to shop for must-have pieces that'll keep your look fresh for months to come.

  • a1

    The 10 commandments of wedding-day makeup

    Every bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day. So we say: Indulge a little. Book a facial (or six!) and invest in a great waterproof mascara. With this guide, getting ready for your big day has never been easier.

  • a1

    The 9 most fabulous beauty moments in reality show history, re-created

    Reality TV: such a mindless guilty pleasure, mostly filled with questionable spray tans and insane hair extensions. But in honor of the season premiere of one of our favorites, The Real Housewives of Orange County, we decided to celebrate a select few reality stars who’ve displayed legitimately great hair and makeup. Yes, there actually are a few! And we had to go all the way back to The Real World of the mid-’90s to find our first.

  • Delphine Achard

    5 crucial makeup tips every spring allergy sufferer needs to know

    I can’t tell you how many times one ill-timed sneeze ruined all of my hard work with a mascara wand. #allergyproblems.

  • Lucky

    The best drugstore lipsticks

    While we’re not averse to shelling out upwards of $30 for an amazing lipstick, many of our standby lip colors cost a whole lot less than that. The drugstore is full of high-quality, long-lasting lipsticks in gorgeous shades that—wait for it!—ring in under $10. Click through above to shop our favorites!

  • Lucky

    From bra straps to butterfly clips: The 18 hair accessory trends we’ll never forget

    What’s the perfect add-on to your beauty look? A hair accessory, of course! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, every year there seems to be a new “it” hair piece that rules the moment. In the ’50s, a dainty bow-tied head scarf was perfectly housewife-chic. In the ’60s and ’70s, real flower crowns officially became the epitome of boho style—your outfit simply wasn’t complete without a daisy topper. Fast-forward to the ’90s and you had a bevy of creative hair charms and baubles, including butterfly clips, hair wraps and those infamous bra strap headbands (shudder).

  • a1

    The best blush colors for your skin tone

    The right blush can warm up your complexion, create the illusion of cheekbones, and even make you look younger. (Yes, really!) Here, the most flattering shades for fair, medium, olive, and dark skin.

  • a1

    The top anti-aging products $25 and under

    Think you can’t put a price on looking younger? Well, we did—and it’s $25. We challenged dermatologists to find great products that don’t cost even one cent over that amount.

  • a1

    6 things you can wear to look younger now

    You want to dress in a way that’s young and cool but that doesn’t suggest you’re on your way to a One Direction concert. “The trick to looking younger is adding one fashionable piece to a classic outfit,” says stylist Cher Coulter. Here’s how to nail it.

  • a1

    8 aging hair-color mistakes—and how to fix them

    Hair color is one of the most effective anti-aging tools we have—except when it isn’t. Take your dye job too far (or inky, or frosty) and you can add years to your appearance. Three top colorists weigh in on what to avoid.

  • a1

    10 hairstyles that make you look 10 years younger

    News flash: Your youth fix doesn’t have to come in a bottle—or a needle. Your hairstyle could actually take years off (or add them to) your look. Don’t believe us? Check out these celebrities—each one gorgeous, of course, but also looking older due to certain overly perfect hairdos. Anti-aging tip number one? Mess it up a little.

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...