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CDFA President Diane Von Furstenberg Issues Statement on Michelle Obama’s Alexander McQueen State Dinner Dress Choice

January 27, 2011

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) president Diane Von Furstenberg has agreed with fellow CDFA member Oscar De La Renta’s statement on First Lady Michelle Obama wearing a British designer to the State Dinner in light of the American-Chinese trade debate.

DVF’s statement to  WWD goes as follows:

“CFDA believes in promoting American fashion. Our First Lady Michelle Obama has been wonderful at promoting our designers, so we were surprised and a little disappointed not to be represented for this major state dinner.” HUFFINGTON POST

Truth be told Michelle HAS worn American designs to important events INCLUDING her Official White House Portrait where she wore a black sleeveless dress by Michael Kors. During her trip to India, she wore a Rachel Roy skirt and blouse. Mrs. Obama counts J. Crew, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Isabel Toledo as her favorite American designers. (Remember how her Jason Wu Inauguration Ball gown made into the Smithsonian?)  I hope that the First Lady does NOT crumble to all this criticism and continue to wear what she feels makes her feel confident. I think it’s quite refreshing for the First Lady to continue to make fashion risks.

In related news, Mrs. Obama wore a beaded wool satin dress and wool coat from British designer Roksanda Ilincic’s Fall 2010 collection when she met Chinese president Hu Jinato. I love how Michelle took the look off the runway and made it her way with the coat and red leather gloves.

“I have just returned from a press trip to New York, so to see this on my return is just wonderful. This is a very big honour for me, I am absolutely thrilled. Michelle Obama has a fantastic innate style and a confidence which transforms whatever she wears. She has really made this look her own. I also love the way she has completed the look with red patent gloves. Along with the embroidery they really make her stand out without detracting from the importance of the event. I am so pleased that she picked such a strong look. It really suits her.” Roskanda Ilinic to Vogue UK

Be sure to tune in today to see Michelle rocking her favorite color – PINK – on The Oprah Winfrey Show. FYI: She wore a pink sleeveless Prabal Gurung shift dress with a FALLON necklace for her appearance.



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