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Michelle Obama is a veritable style icon, having the power and presence to sell out anything she wears. She has been a champion of both designers new and old all while dressing in what she pleases and disregarding fads and public opinion.

She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show along with President Barack Obama wearing a colorful sleeveless printed dress from Nigerian-born designer Duro Olowu. She paired the look with orange kitten heels.

She looked exquisite. The First Lady always gets it right and isn’t afraid to wear colors and prints, reflecting her dynamic and bright personality.

For Fall 2011, Mr. Olowu presented a cheerful collection with patterns and vibrant hues abound. He tapped style legend Bethann Hardison to cast the models for the presentation and the mix highlighted a slew of models of color, which we all know isn’t often seen on the runways.

What Olowu does best is mix prints and there was no shortage of that for Fall with plaids alongside watercolor prints and polka dots as well as different stripes juxtaposed against one another for a statement-making look.

He never forgets to bring the utmost in glamour including fur-trimmed coats, voluminous long skirts, form-fitting column gowns, printed capes and so much more. It is amazing to see a designer who is respected worldwide and always gives us a taste of his African roots, reminding us of the beauty and richness of the continent.

Scroll through some more looks from the collection here:

What do you think of Michelle Obama’s style? Do you like Duro Olowu’s Fall 2011 collection? Would you wear it?

-Faith Cummings

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