Why must she dress that way? I think she's confused about her gender! No, I'm really serious, she wears pantsuits that are unflattering ... I have great respect for her intellect and her tenacity and for what she does for our country in her governmental role. I just wish she could send a stronger message about American fashion.
I would say that Condé Nast, 4 Times Square, would be well served by having lots of straitjackets around. As a publishing house, I think it’s rather abhorrent, or it wouldn't stand out so profoundly. So I like to think these are the anomalies — these are not the regular people.
America's First Lady has been an interesting one to watch when it comes to fashion, and so it only seemed right that Michelle Obamaspoke at this year's luncheon for the National Design Awards, wearing, of course, a gorgeous hot pink two piece by Isobel Toledo. Despite Obama being one of their most famous fans, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the talented sisters behind Rodarte were unable to attend, even though they had won this year's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion.
According to WWD, a spokesman for the Mulleavys sent an early morning email explaining that the sister's had a "change of plan," and would be unable to attend, later adding that the pair had a "family obligation to attend to in Los Angeles." Although she didn't get to meet the duo behind one of her most loved American fashion brands, it was being seated next to Project Runway's Tim Gunn that made the day for Michelle Obama - "How cool!" she proclaimed.
Back to business, however, and the President's wife praised the luncheon guests before her; "All of you have spent your lives pushing boundaries - we know a little bit about pushing boundaries - or outright ignoring them altogether," she joked, continuing to quote Miles Davies. "The great jazz musician, Miles Davies - one of my husband's favourites - once said, 'Don't play what's there, play what's not there.' I think that's pretty much a good description of what each of you does every day. You're playing what's not there."
If you ever have a question on whether you're still "in," now you can consult your Wii. A video-game version of 'Project Runway' launches today, allowing fans at home to create their own runway looks by sifting through onscreen designs and adding their own touches. Players can choose from preselected styles to win a challenge (like best hip-hop or best cutting-edge design), and can modify colour and length of garments, choose hair and makeup, and even sashay down the runway with their models on a Wii Balance Board.
After putting on a runway show, judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and even Tim Gunn offer their take, saying things like "Where was the glamour? Where was the vision?" Players are scored with stars, then told whether they're "in" and allowed to continue or "out" and sent on to another game. An Atari executive told WWD that the game is being marketed to a younger crowd (ages 6 to 12) and will be sold at megastores like Walmart, Target, Kmart and Best Buy. The video game version retails for $39, with a PC version going for $19.99.