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Michelle Obama wears Rachel Roy to State of the Union addy


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Smart move, Michelle.

First lady Michelle Obama chose a long-sleeved silver dress by American designer Rachel Roy for the State of the Union address on Tuesday night — seemingly a strategic move following an outcry over her recent decision to wear a gown by European designer Alexander McQueen to a state dinner with Chinese leaders.

"My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade -- American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?" designer Oscar de la Renta, who has been vocal int he past about wanting Obama to stick with American designers' clothing, told Women's Wear Daily at the time.

This time around, members of the fashion community were certainly a little happier with the first lady's choice.

"As first lady, she has the spotlight and influence to help promote the American fashion industry around the world," said Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers o America. 

Added Roy: “The first lady looked picturesque and elegant at last night’s State of the Union Address. Mrs. Obama is a great inspiration for how I design for today's woman — strength, simplicity, femininity and versatility — and her support means so much to me.” 

Obama also wore Rachel Roy in November and July, 2010.

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