- - Thursday, September 15, 2011

First lady targeted by fashion police - again

German fashion powerhouse Karl Lagerfeld likes Michelle Obama, but, he says, her style just isn’t up to par.

In a recent interview with USA Today, the Chanel designer echoed “Sex and the City” stylist Patricia Field in saying that Mrs. Obama could use some help with her fashion picks.

“I love Madame Obama, but not in terms of clothes,” Mr. Lagerfeld told the publication.

He did, however, compliment the first lady’s “strong” face.

“I like her face, the cleverness of her face. Her face is stronger than the clothes,” he said.

Mr. Lagerfeld is not the first big fashion name to speak out against Mrs. Obama’s attire. Earlier this year, Oscar de la Renta voiced confusion and dissent over the first lady’s pick for the China state dinner.

The Dominican designer told Women’s Wear Daily that he couldn’t understand why the first lady wore a red gown made by British designer Sarah Burton for a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

“My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade - American products in China and Chinese products in America,” Mr. de la Renta said. “Why do you wear European clothes?”

Last month, Ms. Field said Mrs. Obama is on the right track, but she sees room for improvement.

“Someone in the public eye who I would like to work with is Michelle Obama,” Ms. Field told the Daily Mail. “Not because she always gets it wrong, because she gets it right. She dresses very nicely, I respect her look, but when it comes to her special occasion clothes, I might be able to help her a bit, out of respect to her.”

Mrs. Obama made Vanity Fair’s 2011 International Best-Dressed list and has been considered by many as a fashion icon since her husband assumed the presidency in 2009. The first lady is known for donning fashions by myriad designers, including J. Crew and Alexander McQueen.

Mrs. Obama is, first of all, very elegant and has wonderful taste,” Bloomingdale’s fashion director Stephanie Solomon told the New York Times. “But she also recognizes the value of beautiful dresses and not big prices. She dresses like taste doesn’t necessarily have to do with brand or status, but with what looks well on your body and makes you look glamorous, bottom line [and that is] very refreshing and appropriate for this period.”

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