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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jes on

Love the pieces shown, granted I agree with who ever mentioned the damage they do to clothes.

Scarlett on

No matter what she chooses, she does not choose the proper clothes for a first lady. She always looks like a Ft. Lauderdale housewife heading out for lunch with the girls. I don’t understand why her staff does not help her choose proper clothes for her height and her size. Sorry folks, I am not impressed. She lacks class.

Linda on

Such an elegant and classy lady. We should all be proud! She’s smart and intelligent. It is so disturbing to me to see some of these comments. We have come so far, but have so much farther to go. We the people should learn to care about and accept one another!

Scarlett on

No matter what she chooses, she does not choose the proper clothes for a first lady. She always looks like a Ft. Lauderdale housewife heading out for lunch with the girls. I don’t understand why her staff does not help her choose proper clothes for her height and her size. Sorry folks, I am not impressed. She never has that polished, classy look. Drop the belts and sweaters, and choose more tailored classy clothes. She lacks class

Jennifer on

Okay guys seriously. The President is considered a public servant just like teachers, police, and fire fighters he gets paid using taxpayers dollars. I admit that he gets paid a whole lot more than any other public servant that I know but how he chooses to spend his money is his business. It’s all a part of living in this great country of ours as the Declaration of Independance states, “…That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights,that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

pam on

LC.. your are ignorant. It is common knowledge government does NOT pay for personal items for Obama family. You need to pull your head out from under the rock.

Melany Terranova on

I’d rather leave the freedom to buy whatever as she can afford to or is entitled to and focus on Congress/both parties to work on behalf the American people…the unemployed, the middle class and health insurance costs. Somehow we can get all tangled up in frivolous conversations like this but not demand more from our elected
officials.

Kathy on

Barack Obama’s new worth is 5 million, mostly from book royalties. I think she can afford to buy a few pins.

Lisa Bush on

LC and NG, you all are jealous!

april on

Gigi, Mrs. Reagan was ridiculed for the dresses she wore along with Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Lincoln…but Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Kennedy gave back to the community on a daily basis..

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