First Lady Michelle Obama is now officially a fashion plate.
Not that there were any doubts before, mind you. Often called the First Lady of Fashion, Mrs. Obama has a sense of style, as we all know by now, that rivals Jackie Kennedy's. She has boosted the spirits of the American fashion industry with her unconventional mix of avant-garde newcomers and off-the-rack Talbots, and claimed a Council of Fashion Designers of America style-icon award along the way.
In January 2009, the headline over fashion writer Guy Trebay's story also hailed the first lady as the sole savior of the fashion industry: "U.S. Fashion's One-Woman Bailout? In Michelle's approach to dressing, a faltering industry sees hope ."