Meet Michelle Obama’s New Favorite Designer, Laura Smalls

Laura Smalls has flown relatively under the radar since she debuted her eponymous line three years ago, but now, thanks to Michelle Obama, she’s a household name. The FLOTUS wore not one, but two of Smalls’ dresses during the Democratic National Convention last week. Michelle also chose a Smalls frock back in 2011, and as the story goes, anything she wears turns to gold.

At Smalls’ spring 2013 show at New York’s Andaz Hotel Tuesday night, the designer sent out 28 looks inspired by Paul Gauguin‘s book Noa Noa. Tailored separates, skirt suits, and ruched dresses in ivory, chartreuse, black, and silver hues made their way down the runway. We had the honor of chatting with the First Lady’s new favorite designer after the show, and she revealed how she found out Michelle was wearing her frocks.

“My mother called me and left a message on my cell, that she thought Michelle had the dress on,” she said. “But she didn’t know the color or anything! And then I called my husband, and I said, ‘Take a picture of the television! I don’t care, I need to see right now!’ And I was very trepidatious, like, ‘This can’t possibly be happening.’”

Smalls wouldn’t spill any details of how her dresses were even in the First Lady’s presence, but said she just felt incredibly honored by the decision.

“I really can’t talk about how it’s coordinated, it’s very hush-hush,” she told us. But her choices of what she’s been wearing are just amazing. I feel blessed to be included. I think she’s amazing that way. Her choices have been phenomenal. Every designer in the world wants to dress her, and I can’t believe somebody like myself has achieved that. It’s a great honor.”

It’s safe that to say that there’s no one better to dress than Michelle, she told us.

“I really don’t aspire to anyone outside of Michelle, I don’t. I mean, I want to dress regular woman that have a great sense of style. So when I see a really stylish woman with a great dress or outfit on, I feel really inspired. That turns me on, it’s like, ‘Wow, look at her!’ And it makes me think of other things, and I’m always thinking about other designs for women.”

Check out the front row, and our favorite pieces from Smalls’ collection below:




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