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

Image via Instagram

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

If Zac Posen’s Lookbook Was a Musical, This Is What It Would Sound Like

Ke$ha. Liza Minnelli. Barbra Streisand. And that’s just a sample. Zac Posen teamed up with Spotify to integrate music into his ZAC Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook. Just head over to his Spotify profile to find short two- to three-song playlists that showcase the inspiration behind each look in music form.

Can’t get enough? Good news. According to Posen’s rep, it won’t be a one-time thing. His new eyewear line and collaboration with David’s Bridal will be going up on the music platform as well.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 6, 2014

Best-Dressed Nomination: A Look at Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

Sure, we’re in the midst of holiday madness, but before you know it, awards season will be upon us. Mumblings of Oscar contenders have already begun. Cate Blanchett. Sandra Bullock. Jennifer Lawrence. But what’s even more exciting? The gown predictions.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2014 CollectionImage via fashionbombdaily.com

Personally, my money’s on Zac Posen’s pre-fall collection. Let me rephrase that: I’m praying celebs will choose these pieces.

Done up in rich satin with dramatic old-Hollywood silhouettes and strong sculpted details, his floor-length confections belong on this year’s red carpets. Are you listening to me, JLaw? This will probably be the only time these words come out of my mouth, but leave the Christian Dior at home. At least for one red carpet.

Read more about Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall 2014 Collection at fashionista.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 9, 2013