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Because god forbid anyone miss out on the press frenzy that is (well, at this point, was) Michelle Obama’s State Dinner dress by Alexander McQueen, Sally Singer dropped by Morning Joe today to throw her opinion into the mix. And while we normally think Singer walks on water, not only do we disagree with her opinions, the editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine didn’t even have her facts straight.
Honestly, the First Lady was just wants to wear what she likes. That’s how she responded to a question from Robin Roberts of Good Morning America during an interview last Friday. The two sat down to talk about the First Lady’s work with military families, the Let’s Move initiative and how she’s getting ready for the 2012 presidential campaign.
Last week, Michelle Obama and her husband hosted a state dinner for the Chinese Prime Minister. For the evening, Obama chose a red gown with a black floral pattern designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It was a beautiful dress in a traditional design, especially by McQueen’s standards. The color, most presumed, was an homage to China. The choice, however, was a slap in the face to American designers, at least according to the CFDA, Oscar de la Renta, and fashion’s publication of record, WWD — all of whom Cathy Horyn takes to task in her column for today’s New York Times.
Tonight’s State of the Union address will no doubt be an important event for politics, journalism and policy and media minders around the country and across the globe. But what the fashion industry is most concerned about is the message first lady Michelle Obama‘s outfit tonight will send — or whether it will, or even should, send a message at all.
While most everyone in the business of commenting on fashion loved (and we mean loved) the red Alexander McQueen gown First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday, the frock seemed to leave a bad taste in Oscar de la Renta‘s mouth.
Contrary to almost every breathless prediction we read today, Michelle Obama did not select an Asian-American designer’s dress for the state dinner with China. Instead, the First Lady wore a gown designed by the late Alexander McQueen to host Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife, First Lady Liu Yongqing.