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There seems to be a bit of controversy surrounding the First Lady this week about her particular choice of gown she wore at the state dinner for China.  First I would like to start of by giving myself props for being the first person among my peers to say that I thought Michelle Obama would become a fashion icon.  I was in my History of Fashion class at the Miami International University of Art & Design and our teacher asked who we thought were up and coming fashion trend setters.  This was during the Obama campaigning and I said I though Michelle Obama would become the Jackie Kennedy of our generation.  To my surprise no one really agreed with me (including my professor), but alas, here we are, two years later and Obama has become just that, a trendsetter/icon.  Which brings me to this, Obama has received a lot of criticism for her wearing a SPECTACULAR Alexander McQueen gown to the state dinner last week mainly from American designers saying she should have worn an American designer.  Oscar de la Renta was quoted in WWD saying she should have worn American, whether it be his designs or someone else’s.  Even the CFDA release a statement condemning the First Lady on her selection.  This aggravates me on many levels and here’s why.  First, to criticise the First Lady on what she is wearing is quite petty to me.  She isn’t walking the red carpet at an awards show or movie premiere, she is at a State Dinner.  Also, with all the exceptional work Mrs. Obama has done while her husband has been in office, commenting on her wardrobe pretty trivial.  Don’t get me wrong, I am the BIGGEST fashionista you could find, and I understand the importance of fashion in the world as an art, but maybe we should take a step back and not criticise Michelle Obama on something, that for women is quite personal.  She looked great and I am sure after trying the dress on, something just clicked and that’s how she decided.  I doubt she was trying to make a big political statement.  Second, I find it a little hypocritical for American designers be so annoyed by this choice, especially when most of  their clothes are not even manufactured in the United States.  Ironically enough, most clothes are “Made in China”.  Maybe the CFDA and Woman’s Wear Daily should use their time and resources on figuring out ways to bring manufacturing back to the United State.  That would certainly help OUR economy and unemployment rate.   Maybe, “American” designers should stop sending jobs to foreign countries because of the cheap labor and less restrictive labor laws.  Have you thought about doing that Mr. De la Renta? This is just one sole opinion and not intended to offend (well maybe a little) but I am just putting it out there.  Leave me all the comments you want, good or bad, I will post them.

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According to WWD and InStyle online, Runway to Green is putting together the first Eco-Friendly fashion show of the year.  On March 29, 2011 top designers will be donating looks from their Fall 2011 runways.  Here is a portion of the press release from Runway to Green:

“RTG announces major fashion brands as part of the program; confirmed participating designer brands include Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, Marchesa, Marni, Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Osklen, Pringle of Scotland, Timex 80, Tommy Hilfiger.  NET-A-PORTER is the exclusive online retailer for the launch.”

As you can see, the creme-de-la-creme of designers have signed on.  Another giant step for the Green community.  Onward and upward my eco-friendly friends…baby steps are steps, and we are definitely stepping in the right direction!

 

Women’s Wear Daily online reporting that Hilary Swank is in talks to start her on athletic apparel line.  Swank, who is a two-time Academy Award winning actress (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) is in talks with Designers Management Agency to design a full line of athletic gear.  In theory this might be a good idea.  Swank is a former gymnast and has the body of a sports star, but do we really need ANOTHER celebrity fashion line.  Is this going to be like magazine covers, we replace real, educated designers with celebrity wannabe’s?  We shall see what happens.  No word as to what the look of the clothes are going to be.  Fashion or Die will be keeping you posted!

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