Michelle Obama Celebrates Fashion (and SPANX®)

Michelle Obama is on a mission to support American fashion – beyond just wearing her favorite labels. Proof? Yesterday, the always-elegant First Lady assembled a roster of big-name designers and 150 design students at the White House for a series of workshops, panels, and networking events.

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The goal of the occasion – associated with her Reach Higher initiative – was to open doors for emerging talent from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and more. Michelle even sported one of the student designs: a racerback blue dress by FIT’s Natalya Koval.

Along with exposing the students to the expertise of Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, and Lela Rose, FLOTUS shared a patriotic success story. Citing SPANX founder Sara Blakely’s growth into a billionaire entrepreneur, Michelle reminded the designers that hard work remains at the core of the fashion business. Sara took jobs at Disney World and in fax-machine sales to save the money she needed for her first SPANX product. And that’s right about when Michelle declared that, “We all wear them with pride.”

So there you have it: FLOTUS is as big a fan of SPANX as you are.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 9, 2014

8 Things You May Not Know About Amrita Singh

Immediately recognizable in any ensemble, Amrita Singh‘s Indian-inspired pieces have made quite the mark on the jewelry world. Using vibrant colors and geometric shapes, her designs are more like mini masterpieces than baubles (but you already knew that). What you don’t know? Read on.

  1. Amrita graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
  2. She completed the prestigious two-year executive development program at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
  3. She’s worked with world-renowned designers, like Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix.
  4. She launched her first collection in January 2003.
  5. She has two jewelry lines: her contemporary label and her fine jewelry collection.
  6. She draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create artisanal Indian jewelry and accessories that are both distinctive and timeless.
  7. Her jewelry fuses old-world aesthetics with new-world fashion, resulting in breathtakingly unique, wearable works of art.
  8. She was nominated by FGI (Fashion Group International) for the Rising Star Award in the Fine Jewelry Category in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Our Amrita Singh Boutique opens Tuesday, April 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2013

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein is now an international household name, but how did his company grow to be the fashion house it is today? With passion, skill, and one accidental coat purchase.

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 What you didn’t know about the man behind the brand:

1. Klein acquired his love of sewing from his seamstress grandmother.

2. He attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and later went on to graduate from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in 1962.

3. He spent five years as an apprentice in a coat and suit house on Seventh Avenue before starting his own company with his childhood friend and financial backer, Barry Schwartz.

4. The first order for his outerwear line was obtained purely by accident when a coat buyer got off on the wrong floor of a hotel and stumbled upon Klein’s workroom. She ended up placing a $50,000 order, and the rest, as they say, is history.

5. TIME magazine named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1996.

Our Calvin Klein Boutiques open Thursday, March 7, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 4, 2013