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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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hailey on

She’s not Sarah Palin, where she had to use donor’s funds to dress up.

She is a Harvard Grad. Have you seen how much they earn? And anyway, these outfits aren’t that expensive. It’s suitable for her income bracket. By the way, she was an attorney, and a hospital administrator. And Barack made millions writing books.

And please stop the nonsense lies about using tax payers money.. you’re just jealous she has style.

hailey on

i like that she’s an American first lady who puts on wonderful pieces by contemporary American designers and companies. She’s a poster child for the new, young and revitalized America, and I salute that.

I wouldn’t have known of Talbots, J Crew, Jason Wu, if not for this woman. :)

Abby on

Seriously? Why do people care?

filmwolf on

*Yawn* Another fluff piece about “The Royal Family”. It’s going to be quite a shock when the Obamas leave the White House and so many magazine and tabloid reporters have to go back to writing REAL articles

Moran on

Let’s just say she is not a attractive woman !, so she has to try really hard !. Anything she wears just looks so bad!. She is very awkward looking and so she tries.

mel on

Remember he a has a best selling book!!! Dummies they have money of their own!!!!

sara on

why do i have to curse at ya’ll i mean the woman has her own account,and she was something even before being the first lady and ya’ll think she can’t afford it,and ya the gorvenement pays for all the bodyguards and everything the woman is able to afford herself something.now all of u saying that this is where ya’ll tax money go don’t ya’ll get it back at the beginning of each year..bunch of haters..

SusiQ on

how come “JON” can get two off-topic entries published and I couldn’t get one on-topic? Could it be because he’s your shill?

LeoR on

Smart choices by the First Lady. The woman really gets how to mix thing up while remaining elegant and approachable! I must say that her years of experience as a local community organizer is serving her mighty well. She genuinely exudes affection. When last have we seen this in a First Lady? We are lucky – the world envies us on this one!!!

Joyce on

…..Sound the alarm, The Obama’s are using are tax dollars just to breathe……Give them a break, they both work and they both earn a paycheck!

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