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.

Michelle Obama White House Fashion

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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

It’s no secret that Michelle Obama has some stylish friends in her address book. And now, the First Lady is summoning her favorite American designers and industry bigwigs for a “Celebration of Design” event.

Last week, invitations were sent out for the October 8 reception. But the real question is: Who is on the guest list? So far, Maria Cornejo and executives from Jimmy Choo and Talbots are to be expected. As far as others, I have some guesses. Maybe Carolina Herrera? Jason Wu? And of course, the ever-attainable J.Crew.

Yes, her husband received some flack for that tan suit a few weeks ago. Perhaps he can run that controversial outfit by a house full of fashion experts next month.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Every year, big-name stars attend the Met Gala – but this time, the turnout is projected to be beyond A-list. According to WWD, First Lady (and two-time Vogue cover star) Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Met’s new fashion wing, The Anna Wintour Costume Center. And just like that, my anticipation for the Met Gala skyrocketed.

Michelle Obama to Open Anna Wintour Costume Center

I mean, sure, I was already excited for the white-tie dress code and the Charles James exhibition. But this? This is bigger than big. And in addition to cutting the ribbon, the First Lady will also be speaking at the morning’s ceremony. So a stunning day dress is definitely going to happen. My bet is on something black and white, especially after she went monochromatic on a recent trip to China.

Now, it’s not certain if she will attend the evening Gala (bummer), but regardless, this is one FLOTUS sighting you won’t want to miss.

Head over to WWD for more on Michelle Obama’s Met appearance.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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April 24, 2014

Who got to see FLOTUS and POTUS live at the SOTU last night? (For all of you abbreviation-phobes out there, translation: Michelle, Barack, State of the Union. You’re welcome.) If you said, “Of course, it has to be someone from Duck Dynasty,” you’d be right. Star Willie Robertson attended as a guest of his friend Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana. Yep. Wonder if he brought his duck call.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 29, 2014