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Michelle Obama's style is 'dreadful,' Vivienne Westwood says

Michelle Obama arrives at the Inaugural Ball wearing

Michelle Obama arrives at the Inaugural Ball wearing a Jason Wu gown. "Don't talk about her. It's dreadful what she wears," designer Vivienne Westwood said of the first lady. (Jan. 21, 2013) Credit: AP

Fiery British designer Vivienne Westwood has done the unthinkable twice in the past few weeks, criticizing the fashion choices of (gasp!) both Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama.

First, she told reporters at London Fashion Week that she wished the duchess would recycle her wardrobe more often to help the environment and send a message to the public that it's not necessary to buy so many clothes.

Middleton is known for re-wearing her favorite nude L.K. Bennett pumps and has often been spotted in the same coats, dresses and hats more than once, but Westwood stil made it clear she thinks her royal closet could be smaller.

"I mean you don't have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next," she said.

The New York Times asked Westwood about her comments in a blog post Tuesday, which led to much harsher words for Obama.

"You must love our first lady, who is famous for recycling her clothes," said reporter Eric Wilson. "Don't talk about her. It's dreadful what she wears," Westwood replied, continuing, "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."

She went on to strike down the similarities often drawn between Obama and Jackie Kennedy, the last U.S. leading lady remembered for her impact on the fashion world.

"Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether," she said in the interview. "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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