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    Default Michelle Obama Finally Wears Oscar de la Renta

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    Why It Matters That Michelle Obama Finally Wore Oscar de la Renta
    By Vanessa Friedman
    October 10, 2014 10:05 am


    The Oscar de la Renta dress Mrs. Obama wore on Wednesday at the cocktail party after her White House Fashion Education Workshop.Credit Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

    The fact that Michelle Obama wore Oscar de la Renta on Wednesday at the cocktail party after her White House Fashion Education Workshop may not, at first, seem like a big deal. After all, Mr. de la Renta had been a bipartisan White House sartorial staple for years, most recently favored by both Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.

    But not, until now, by Mrs. O.

    Indeed, for the last seven years — count ’em — Mrs. Obama had never appeared in the designer.

    At first, it seemed like a choice made possibly to distinguish herself from previous administrations, as well as to do what she could to support new businesses and names (in the same way the Obama administration theoretically represented change and a new era). But gradually, as she began to incorporate bigger brands such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Carolina Herrera into her public wardrobe, it began to seem like a glaring omission.
    Especially after Mr. de la Renta made some pointed comments about Mrs. O’s choosing to wear Alexander McQueen, a British label, to the Chinese state dinner in 2011.
    So it was an interesting choice, at an interesting time.

    After all, the first lady decided to wear the cocktail dress at an event where many of Mr. de la Renta’s peers were present. By appearing in his dress, she effectively represented the house, thus acknowledging its place in American fashion and also demonstrating directly to industry insiders that whatever they might have thought was going on there was — well, not going on any more.

    It was especially meaningful given the rampant rumors, widely accepted, that Mr. de la Renta is thinking about what happens next in his career and to his brand, and is about to choose a successor of sorts in the form of the designer Peter Copping, who is going to work with him.

    It was also a quasi-olive branch to the social and political establishment, which loves Mr. de la Renta, as well as, perhaps, a covert nod to Mrs. Clinton, who is famously close to the designer (and whose maybe-possible presidential campaign Mr. de la Renta has already endorsed).

    Is this reading too much into a garment?

    Think of it this way: For the last seven years, the first lady’s clothing has been the subject of intense scrutiny, which she has leveraged pretty effectively. She wore the de la Renta dress at the public event, in front of most of the United States fashion world.

    There’s no way she wasn’t aware of the messaging potential of the moment.

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    It's a pretty dress but I wouldn't read all that much into her not promoting big designers other than that she is trying to be Mrs. Average to appease the voters.

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    I love that dress.

    EDIT: Appease which voters? Her husband can't run for reelection, so who does she have to appease?
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    Democratic party voters ^

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    Yup, Demos who want her and Obama to support whomever they hoodwink/bully/whatever into putting their head on the chopping block--I mean, running for President next time.

    ETA maybe she should wear more Oscar...she looks damn good in that dress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie_Moffett View Post
    ETA maybe she should wear more Oscar...she looks damn good in that dress.
    This style fits her.
    I hope she didn't accessorize it with one of her "signature" belts, can't tell from that photo.

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    Or her signature shoes. I'm afeared to look.
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