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New York Designers Sound Off On Michelle Obama's Style

11/11/2008 at 12:30 PM ET

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Barack Obama may have captured the election, but Michelle Obama has captured the imagination of some of America’s top designers and taste-makers, who spoke with PEOPLE about their sartorial take on the First-Lady-elect. “People keep likening her to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,” celeb-stylist Robert Verdi, who dresses the likes of Eva Longoria Parker. “The similarity is that they are both very contemporary in their fashion sense. Women will really find new inspiration in her.” Calvin Klein’s creative director Francisco Costa also gets the Kennedy vibe from Obama. “Michelle Obama is so grounded. She’s a very beautiful woman, very stylish. It really feels like the time of the Kennedys — the family, the kids, are so beautiful.” American designer Zac Posen notes that Michelle Obama’s promotion of U.S. labels will be a plus for the country’s fashion industry, while Rachel Roy, simply loves that Michelle wears what she believes in. “I think it is the representation of the change that her husband is also bringing,” says Roy. “She loves fashion. But it’s fashion second and her life and her business and her kids first.” –by Jeffrey Slonim

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