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Everyone seems to have an opinion on First Lady Michelle Obama’s style. While Sunday Times Magazine praises her sartorial savvy with a cover and the title of best-dressed, not every designer sings her praises — especially when she doesn’t wear their brand.

Oscar de la Renta is the latest to come forward after Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld‘s less-than-favorable assessments of FLOTUS’ look. Mr. de la Renta, who has been a favorite of First Ladies like Laura Bush as well as the wife of losing Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, revealed why he won’t be dressing Mrs. Obama anytime soon:

“It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way.”

Mrs. Obama prefers to support designers like Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Jason Wu and Duro Olowu, and mix high and low with mass retail brands like H&M, J.Crew and ASOS.

Despite her obvious appeal to fashion enthusiasts and widely-reported ability to sell out a garment with a single wear, Oscar de la Renta believes he’s better off focusing on the “everyday woman”:

“An anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, not a movie star or a first lady.”

Tell that to all the people clamoring to dress Mrs. Obama and all of Hollywood.

This isn’t the designer’s first time chiding FLOTUS. He also spoke out when she wore European designers while visiting Europe, as it it’s some kind of crime.

While I’m sure Mr. de la Renta’s comments don’t hold much weight to FLOTUS, I find it shocking that so many designers feel compelled to speak openly about their distaste for her style or strained relationship with her. I don’t recall such conversations being had about other First Ladies but perhaps because of the chorus of voices praising Mrs. Obama, a few feel the need to voice their discontent.

What do you think of Oscar de la Renta’s comments and the very vocal critiques of Mrs. Obama’s style in general?


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  • Mrx

    Guess who snubbed who first? SHE did… She’s arrogant. De La Renta has been dressing first ladies since prob Jackie Kennedy and even movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and when the Obamas came along, he being eager to be of service to them being he himself is a minority she has the audacity to snub him! She deserves the criticism and them some! Not just that, what they’re doing to this country will have very serious consequences. Blind followers of them don’t care about their crimes just that he’s black and that’s all that counts. Goes to show how dumbed down people have become in the US!

    • wastedlife40

      Ms. Obama has the right to wear whomever she chooses to wear! Who the hell does de la Renta think he is assuming that she would choose him just because he’s dressed all the other boring first ladies? Ms. Obama has been brilliant in her choices of new and upcoming designers, not to mention mass market brands, so that she is never dressed so beyond the average American woman. All of us can wear what she wears sometimes. When is the last time you’ve wanted to wear something an automatic fashion icon like a first lady has worn? The last one anyone cared about was Jackie O, so I think it’s wonderful that we can once again look to our First Lady for new fashion choices. De la Renta. Westwood, Lagerfield are all dinosaurs who are bitter, ugly, and behind the times. Let them rot!

  • I am very sure our First Lady Michelle Obama is not losing any sleep over him. She is setting a wonderful and delightful fashion for ladies of the 21st century. My wife looks great in her style.

  • PlaidLuchadora

    Oh Oscar! “Sour Grapes” is a perfume that doesn’t smell good on anyone. As for influencing fashion: you’re great at dressing the NY ladies who lunch, but you’re not exactly “influencing fashion” yourself. Mix yourself a G&T and calm the F down.

  • Mary

    I’m sure Mrs Obama is a fine lady, but as a First Lady of such a big nation, she should dress more elegantly.