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Michelle Obama -- Fashion Diva or Disaster?

4/4/2009 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sweatergate 2009! Michelle Obama wore a sweater when she met with Queen Elizabeth II this week, and her wardrobe choice has kicked up major drama in the fashion world.

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The First Lady often wears affordable American brand clothes to events, and apparently Oscar de la Renta isn't happy about it. He told Women's Wear Daily, "You don't...go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater."

But in this economy, if the First Lady wears clothes most Americans can afford -- isn't that a good thing?

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46.

Rachel    

Why isn't Oscar de la idot talking about the queen's hideous dress also? It looks like a night gown or a regular house dress. She's usually all glammed up in her own way, but she certainly isn't all dressed up here either. The fact that they both aren't in $ 50,000 suits tells that it simply wasn't that type of affair. Oscar is just trying to get some publicity here, I guess he feels threatened by the "amateurs" who are getting more play than he is.

I also see here that some people are really having problems with the Obama's who won't sell themselves to fit the mold. They are regular people and certainly don't have a problem with it.

1964 days ago
47.

What?    

To the idiot who hates democrate or report dems as stupid. Obviously
you voted for McCain and Palin. I guess class would be Repub McCain
divorcing as disabled wife to marry a younger, richer one. Perhaps,
Palin's family fits your description of class. How do you love thee
(Palin); let's us count the ways of class: High school drop out
pregnant daughter, daughter's baby daddy's momma on drugs,
sister-in-law arrested for burglary, Palin investigated by Ethic
Committee, etc. Thanks but no thanks. I don't need a VP in office winking and throwing shot out to the queen, and answering questions with "Ya betcha."

1964 days ago
48.

Mm    

Mrs. Obama needs to ditch the false eyelashes.
Carla looks better of course. She's a model. Mrs. O is just ordinary person.

1964 days ago
49.

Candi    

It wasnt that long ago that she was getting flack for going sleeveless all the time, Im thinking she wore a sweater out of respect for the Queen. She looks fine, and something tells me no matter what she wore to this occasion someone would find something to say about it anyway

1964 days ago
50.

reader41    

GOOOOOOOOOOOD GREIF WHAT IN THE HELL WAS SHE WEARING WHEN SHE MET THE QUEEN??????
A SWEATER?!?!?!?!?
SHE IS TOO ARROGANT TO TAKE ADVICE ON DECORUM, STYLE, ETC. AS SHE THINKS SHE IS STYLISH!!!
YEA, MAYBE FOR A FILE CLERK!
DOESN'T SHE HAVE A SUIT?!?!?!?!? I'VE NEVER SEEN HER IN ONE! THAT WOULD BE TOO CLASSY!!!
WHAT SHE WORE TO THE INAUGURATION WAS THE UGLIEST OUTFIT I'VE EVER SEEN! AND I THOUGHT HILLARY'S WAS BAD!
AFTER OBAMA GAVE GORDON BROWN CDs (THAT HE CAN'T USE IN ENGLAND) THE REASON THE QUEEN ASKED
FOR AN I-POD WAS SHE WAS AFRAID WHAT IN THE HELL THEY WOULD SHOW UP WITH THAT SHE WOULD HAVE TO SMILE AND SAY THANK YOU TO!
THE GIFT THE QUEEN GAVE TO THE OBAMAS WAS JOLLY GOOD!! BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM BACK THE BUST OF WINSTON CHURCHILL THAT THE OBAMAS GAVE BACK TO BROWN ON HIS LAST VISIT!!
WHY WOULD YOU GIVE B A C K A GIFT?????????????
T H E Y N E E D P R O T C A L L E A S O N S Q U I C K L Y, LIKE YA KNOW?

1964 days ago
51.

Mm    

At least I'm glad that she didn't wear 30,000 $$ gold dress. Or, is it 300,000?

1964 days ago
52.

Amber    

no matter what she, or anybody else for that matter, wears... there is always going to be someone with negative comments, that's that we do as humans right? we bash on others because we have nothing better to do (and we can get paid for it!)? THANK JEEBUS FOR TMZ! anyhoo, I think she has a definate classic quality about her, and props for her for wearing what she wants and not showing up in some gaudy rinestone covered hoity toity mess! of course major fashion designers are going to be slightly offended when she doesn't pick their clothes, but come on now... have you seen the current fashions? you're either stuck wearing garb that looks like maternity wear, or Michelle would be covered in double stick tape just to make sure her dress stayed put! there is a pleasant modest appeal about her attire, it's affordable, classy, and each piece has the potential to mesh witha completely different outfit.


1964 days ago
53.

observer    

#21, you are so correct.

1964 days ago
54.

Robin    

She's loving every second of this. When the country is broke, Mrs. O will be partially to blame

1964 days ago
55.

Sherlie    

To LoooL, would you like to have your mother, wife, sister, daughter or whatever referred to as a monkey? Grow up and get some class!

1964 days ago
56.

Flower    

Cute and casual? There is nothing in the world "cute and casual" about a visit to Buckingham Palace. Michele Obama is sorely lacking in decorum and taste; and her handlers are failing her in the protocol dept.

1964 days ago
57.

Ziggy    

And by the way Mr. Oscar de la Renta, who cares about what you think ???

Your clothes are overpriced and if you haven't noticed, everyone is either broke or watching their pennies.

Could be that the day of gay designers dressing models with 14 year old boy skinny stick bodies are over. If you want to make a buck in this economy, you need to change with the times and stop cyring for attention on CNN like the spoiled little sissy hag that you are.

1964 days ago
58.

Stephanie    

Good job Oscar. You just ruined your chances of the First Lady selecting your designs for anything in the future!!!! Idiot!

1964 days ago
59.

What?    

If McCain was elected. He could have sent Palin over there to say America's tax dollars. Levi's mother could have accompanied her to get the queen high, so that Palin could steal some clothers. Or Palin's sister-in-law could have burglarized the palace, getting off with some really good stuff. Drug users and burglars are beautiful and classy people, too. Maybe 2012.

1964 days ago
60.

HauteCoutureDiva    

She looks classy and elegant, and anyone that thinks otherwise is retarded!! The racist comments are so unnecessary. Get over it people: this is THE FIRST LADY! Deal with it!

1964 days ago
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