The New York fashion industry isn't too happy with Michelle Obama at the moment. The First Lady has pushed the National Design Awards back from the middle of July to September 13, which bang in the middle of fashion week.
The problem? Many of this years honorees like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung will be preparing for their shows so won't be able to attend. Gilles Mendel is the only honoree who has pushed his show date back in order to attend. "First Lady Michelle Obama sure knows her designer labels, but her handlers must have misplaced her fashion calendar," WWD wrote.
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."
Talent obviously runs in the genes of the de la Renta family, as last September America's First Lady, Michelle Obama herself chose to wear a Moises de la Renta piece, despite not having worn anything by his father to date. It was while Moises was using his father's showroom that one of his designs had been thought suitable for the President's wife - "I had gotten in contact with a woman named Ikram, and she had liked some of the pieces" he explained at the Museo del Barrio gala on Thursday. Little did he know who he had been talent spotted for.
"It was very funny" Moises continued, "[Ikram] was like 'I have a very special friend I'd like to show this to.' And you know, I didn't know, obviously, it was the First Lady, and I get a phone call maybe a week and a half, two weeks later, 'Hey, could you make this for so-and-so?'" he reminisces. "I was speechless; I was like 'Oh my God, that's your special friend?'" Falling just in time to coincide with the launch of Moises first full collection, luck is obviously on the young designer's side with a swarm of publicity from the debut, "It helped my business greatly, and it's something that I'm very grateful for."
If there was an award for the most accomplished First Lady in history Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would most certainly be in the running. As a singer/songwriter and ex-supermodel, being the 'triple-threat' that she is, it was only a matter of time before she returned to the world of film.
She debuted in Robert Altman's satirical film, 'Pret-a-Porter' in which she played herself (in her supermodel heyday). Although Bruni's publicist has said that 'nothing is signed yet and it's too early to discuss', Woody Allen has confirmed that he would like to work with her and the fact that the film is rumoured to be shot sometime next year in Paris, is more fuel to the rumour mill. If true however, this could be a real coup as no other First Lady can say they have worked with such an iconic writer/producer/director and actor that is Woody Allen, whose films include 'Annie Hall', 'Deconstructing Harry' and most recently, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', starring Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall and Javier Bardem. We can't wait!
Comedienne Tracey Ullman hosted the 2009 CFDA Awards last night in New York, and despite a poorly received joke about Kiefer Sutherland headbutting Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough, the ceremony went off without a hitch.
Ullman, while honouring First Lady Michelle Obama with a special tribute, mentioned that President Barack Obama shouldn't have worn a cardigan to meet the Queen. Should she have worn that dress?
Sometimes people try extra hard to get respected guests at their parties. Sometimes they make up award categories to get them to show. Sometimes, none of that works, as in the case of Michelle Obama skipping out on the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards.
News flash: Michelle O has a wide fashion following. One of her fans happens to be Israeli-born designer Elie Tahari, who has created a one-shoulder 'Michelle' dress in honour of the First Lady. He said on CNN's 'American Morning': "I noticed when I saw her that she wears bare shoulders and she had great arms...She has a great style, and what's great about her is she is dressing like everybody else can dress."
WWD reports that the Michelle dress will be available in a floral print for $598 starting in July, and a solid plum version will come out for $498 in October.