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.

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

Newsflash: Soon You Can Wear SPANX® in Public

Nope, don’t step out in your shapewear just yet. SPANX® just announced that it’ll be moving on to bigger and skinnier things: jeans. Sara Blakely, the brains behind the billion-dollar operation, reported to WWD that the denim line will launch in July. Styles will feature slimming details such as a wide waistband, side zippers, and five pockets. But don’t worry, whether you’re a boot-cut or boyfriend-jeans fan, the $148 pairs are said to be available in every silhouette you can think of.

Does this mean I can ditch the Jillian Michaels DVD for good? Probably not. But let’s just say I’ll be snagging a pair of these just so I can call them my actually skinny skinny jeans. (Watch out, Bieber.)

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 12, 2014

The Crib Sheet: Fashion Undercover

10 TIPS FROM SPANX FOUNDER SARA BLAKELY

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While we usually look for ways to update our wardrobe by adding from the top down, a re-thinking of basics can add life, shape, and a definite boost of confidence. SPANX founder Sara Blakely shared with us her favorite ways to work in some truly transformational base-layer updates.

1. Pencil skirts are everywhere this season. Wear one with a half slip or try a pair of sheer control top pantyhose for an extra-polished look and hourglass silhouette.

2. Try a SPANX black lace cami under a long cardigan for a cool, layered look and a little extra tummy control.
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September 28, 2010