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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 25, 2013 11:55PM
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Seriously who cares?  She is not a great dresser...thank goodness someone takes the time to help her....she should look at Kate Middleton....she is a first class act and always represents her country well....Michelle has actually been to functions with her sleeveless look and looks tasteless.
Mar 25, 2013 11:55PM
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He designs beautiful clothes and the First Lady would look well in them.  Her current fashions do not show her figure off to the best advantage, in my opinion. 

 

Mar 25, 2013 11:47PM
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Go scratch your balls Oscar.  You might've done well dressing those old fashioned stodgy dowagers, but you ain't got what it takes to dress the young and beautiful MICHELLE OBAMA

Mar 25, 2013 11:46PM
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His designs are gorgeous. M00 is not only not attractive on the outside she is very unattractive on the inside where it really counts. Mr. de la Renta clearly knows she is not a fashion icon, contrary to what   M00 and her drooling media think.
Mar 25, 2013 11:44PM
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Go scratch your balls Oscar.  You might've done well dressing those old fashioned stodgy dowagers, but you ain't got what it takes to dress the young and beautiful MICHELLE OBAMA

Mar 25, 2013 11:43PM
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Move over, Mr. de la Renta, your century is behind you.
Mar 25, 2013 11:42PM
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His clothing is as dated as the women he dreeses! She doesn't need him She uses American designers!!!
Mar 25, 2013 11:37PM
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Show me an everyday anonymous woman on the street that can afford de la Renta! HaA! I am sure Mr. de la Renta is de la Republican,,,,,and has his nose in the air that our first lady also wears JCrew and the GAP like us everyday gals!!!!!
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