Pop quiz! What do you do when you get a personal invite to the White House? While the right answer is obvious — show up — the wrong answer, which will from here on out be known as the Rodarte response, is to make like the Mulleavy sisters and no show.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy were the winners of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards fashion design category — the ceremony for which was held at the White House and hosted by Michelle Obama.
A spokesman for the Mulleavys, who launched their fashion line in 2005, sent an early-morning e-mail that said the designers “had a change of plans” and could not come to the event. The spokesman later added the sisters “had a family obligation to attend to in Los Angeles” as way of further explanation but did not provide details.
Those Mulleavy sisters. So mysterious.
While you ponder their secret change of plans, you can watch Michelle Obama’s opening comments — and feel free to fast forward to the end where she admits her fangirl love for Tim Gunn.