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Vivienne Westwood Stirs Controversy, Say Michelle Obama's Style is 'Dreadful'

By    |   Friday, 08 Mar 2013 02:33 PM

Vivienne Westwood, a top English fashion designer slammed Michelle Obama's style in the New York Times Tuesday, calling it "dreadful."

"Don't talk about her. It's dreadful what she wears," Vivienne Westwood, 71, told the Times. "I don't want to talk about it. Really, I can't. She's a very nice looking lady, but it's a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her. Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether. It just has to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous. That's what fashion is there for. It's there to help, not just to make you look more conservative."

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Westwood is notorious for making controversial fashion judgments. In January, she criticized Kate Middleton for not recycling outfits.

"I don't have any advice for her, [although] I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that's very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message," Westwood told reporters during London's Fashion Week. "If you're going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it."

This isn’t the first time Michelle Obama has been a target among the fashion industry's elite. Magazine editors criticized the first lady in January for reportedly asking 15 to 30 designers to submit sketches for her inaugural gown.

"Mrs. Obama isn't an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one," Bridget Foley, executive editor of Women's Wear Daily, wrote. "Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment."

Obama then went on to actually appear at the Oscars, helping to announce "Argo" as the Best Picture winner. She drew tons of backlash for her part in the awards show, with critics calling it "tacky.





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