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Michelle Obama's inauguration fashion MO criticized

January 25, 2013|By Susan Denley
  • Michelle Obama and President Obama greet the crowd at the Inauguration Commander in Chief Ball on Monday night.
Michelle Obama and President Obama greet the crowd at the Inauguration… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…)

While many fashion observers seemed delighted by  Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day and night outfits -- such as the Jason Wu gown shown here -- Bridget Foley writing on, doesn't like the first lady's secrecy ahead of time. Not. One. Bit. She is especially critical of the first lady's office soliciting clothing choices from a reported 15 designers: "What woman in search of an event dress has a short list of 15 favorites? Mrs. Obama isn’t an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one. Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment." [WWD]

But the folks over at Fashionista thought Foley is being a bit rough on Mrs. Obama. "Part of her rant sounded to me like there’s some disappointment that WWD has to wait to find out what Michelle Obama wears just like the rest of us," wrote Leah Chernikoff in a dialogue with colleague Lauren Sherman. "Whereas WWD used to break the news. But I think it just speaks to how much the First Lady has done for fashion. We all care. We all want to find out." [Fashionista]

Vanity Fair's annual best-dressed list is usually filled with the names of celebrities, royals, socialites and such. But times have changed. Starting this week, anyone can upload a photo to Vanity Fair online to compete for a monthly prize. Two of the monthly winners, a man and a woman, will be included on the best-dressed list to be published in September. [New York Times]

Our Adam Tschorn reports that Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, owners of the upscale Melrose Avenue vintage boutique Decades in Los Angeles, will make their reality television debut with a new show "Dukes of Melrose," set to premiere on Bravo on March 6. [Los Angeles Times]

Actress Kate Hudson has signed on as the spokes-celebrity for Ann Taylor once again, and this year she's set to design a capsule collection for the brand, too. [Styleite]

Designer Victoria Beckham plans to launch an e-commerce site in February. [Styleite]


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