Michelle's Killing Us: Top US Designers

The big names want to get their threads on the First Fashion Plate
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2009 12:43 PM CDT
Michelle's Killing Us: Top US Designers
US President Barack Obama, right, holds hands with his wife First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany for a piano concert and a dinner on Friday, April 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Michelle Obama's sartorial picks have now been hailed the world over, but America's elite designers are grumbling about being snubbed, reports the Telegraph. The first lady has debuted the work of several young designers, both American and foreign, on her European trip—a choice that hasn't sat well with the Vera Wangs and Donna Karans back home.

"I wish she would consider some of us, because I think we also have contributions to make," Wang told Women's Wear Daily. And while perennial first-lady fave Oscar de la Renta doesn't "object to the fact that Mrs Obama is wearing J Crew," he thinks "it's wrong to go in one direction only"—that is, not with him. (More Michelle Obama stories.)

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