Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar

12/03/2010 at 01:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar
Mustafa Quraishi/AP, inset: Courtesy Alexis Bittar

Michelle Obama may have a closet full of looks from Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez and J.Crew, but when it comes to jewelry, Brooklyn-bred designer Alexis Bittar has the First Lady’s undivided attention. Over the course of a month, Obama has been spotted all over the globe in a variety of baubles from the jeweler, whose preferred working materials include lucite and semi-precious stones. For an appearance on Barbara Walters’ Thanksgiving Day special, the First Lady punched up an all-black ensemble with an Alexis Bittar poppy pin. In the following two weeks, her admiration was in full bloom, selecting the jeweler’s $395 flower pin while on a Presidential trip to India and then again at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.! Soon thereafter, the style chameleon demonstrated her versatility with three other Bittar selections, donning a playful hand carved bee brooch on Halloween, a triple strand pearl necklace and then lucite domed button clip earrings while abroad in India. And though Bittar has a fashion pedigree—he was the 2010 CFDA recipient of “Accessory Designer of the Year”—his designs don’t have to break the bank, with pieces starting at just $95 at alexisbittar.com. – Justine Harman

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Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar
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LC on

THIS IS WHERE OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY GOES..

CATHY on

Are you kidding me? You people don’t think that the President of the United States draw a paycheck, therefore, his family has a right to purchase clothing, etc. It is not like she bought expensive anything. You all are idiots!!!

G on

No, actually, Ms. Obama did quite well for herself as a hospital administrator and attorney before becoming the first lady.

ng on

Agreed with LC! There goes the tax dollars!

Yes I’m sure he draws a paycheck but not one large enough to cover everything they wear and all their trips!

ng on

not to mention the 20 or more personal assistants she has

Liz on

Who says that the First Lady even paid for it? They could very well have been gifts, it would be really smart for an up and coming designer to give away a few pieces to one of the most photographed women in America. It’s great advertising and she’s always commented on her style, it’s fantastic P.R!

Nelly on

Great style and great lady!

SILVIA on

I GOT YOUR REACTION TO ME COMMENT SAYING THAT I ALREADY WROTE THE SAME REACTION BEFORE. THAT’S A LIE. MAYBE YOU DON’T WANT TO POST MY COMMENT BECAUSE I AM FROM ISRAEL? COULD THAT BE THE TRUTH?

Denise on

Yes, the President receives a paycheck. I believe it was increased a couple of years ago and I believe it’s around $400,000 a year. They have to pay for their own food, clothes, private schools for their daughters, etc. So, what they do with their own money is their business. However, just like all “celebrities” I am sure she receives lots of FREE items as long as she mentions their names.

JF on

You are an idiot if you think they are purchasing their wardrobes with tax dollars.

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