Burgundy apparel, oversized coats and a little bit of leather (not altogether!)—these are just a few of the hot fall looks for 2012.
The first lady wears a Stephen Burrows pant suit and Prova “Sandinista” silk scarf as she and the president tour the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on Nov. 10, 2010.
They don’t call them first ladies for nothing.
Michelle Obama, France’s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the United Kingdom’s Samantha Cameron top Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List for 2010.
I sat down with Narciso Rodriguez on Election Day 2009 to recount the past year. Yes, that Narciso Rodriguez - the designer responsible for the bold (and highly controversial) black and red sleeveless dress Michelle Obama wore exactly a year ago when her husband swept the polls and became President of the United States.
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Point: By wearing such retailers as J. Crew as well as lesser-known designers like Jason Wu (the man behind her unbelievably gorgeous gown for the Inauguration Ball), Michelle Obama might just be single-handedly stemming the tide of the recession for certain names in fashion. Like Jackie O. before her, buyers are watching every sartorial choice she makes for insight into what might be hot for next year. Keep an eye on the First Lady, distributors. (BlackBook)
And the counterpoint: Michelle Obama, though undeniably stylish, is really not helping J. Crew soar above its recession woes. The retailer is doing it all on its own thanks to numerous factors, but a big one being its catalog and Web site sales. Perhaps instead of keeping an eye on Michelle O., distributors should be taking pages from the J. Crew playbook? (The Big Money)