So more even more designers are complaining that Michelle isn't wearing enough of their clothes and fattening their bottom lines in the process. Cry me a river already, maybe if Oscar de la Renta designed something for a First Lady that wasn't influenced by my grandma's couch fabric, he'd stand a chance. These people need to read the fine print on Obama's stimulus package so they'll understand that it's not just about fashion.
And yes, I would cut off my own pinky toe to own this Azzedine Alaia (?) dress. It is seriously the most beautiful thing she's ever worn.
Dmitcha @ The Daily Kos blogged about the backlash recently:
The coolest thing about being African-American and bilingual Italian is that when you go to a model casting in Milan and are pointed to the sign that reads "no ragazze di colore" (no colored girls), you can: a) understand it; and b) get sent right back to the casting as a Brazilian and instructed by your agent not to speak English to anyone.
Today, in an article titled "Dressing Michelle: Major Designers Wait for First Lady's Call," Women's Wear Daily (WWD) posted the outrage of American designers like Oscar de la Renta, who stated, "I don’t object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it’s wrong to go in one direction only."
Um. EXACTLY. So where is that sentiment decade after decade as U.S. designers send all-white models down their runways? I don't know whether to shake with laughter or with disbelief!
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