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)