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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Michelle Obama Shrugs Off Oscar De La Renta Jab

First Lady Michelle Obama is shrugging off criticism from one of the biggest names in U.S. fashion, Oscar de la Renta, who questioned why she wore a dress by a British designer at the state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao.

After Mrs. Obama appeared in a red floral Alexander McQueen gown at the Jan. 19 state dinner, De la Renta told Womens Wear Daily, "My understanding, is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade -- American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?"

He added, "Some people did not get the point. It's not [intended] to be negative. Do you think Kate Middleton is going to be married in Marc Jacobs? Or you'd see Carla Bruni dressing in American clothes? This is a big industry in this country. Mrs. Obama does look great. She should take that and do something. She could do a great good for our industry. We need to create jobs here, create jobs on Seventh Avenue, too."  (Continues here)

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