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


Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar
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maureen1955 on

I just can’t believer that the media really thinks she is stylish – she needs TLC’s Stacy and Clinton to pay her a visit!!!

Patricia on

Since the President is a government employee, he is covered by the very stringent government anti-bribery laws and the Obamas can not accept gifts valued over a de minimus amount except in very regulated circumstances. Mrs Obama could not accept as a gift even the most inexpensive piece sold by this designer. The First Lady has a ceremonial role and regularly attends functions representing the United States, and does not receive a clothing allowance to cover the costs of the clothes that she has to buy to wear at all of those events (unlike the infamous $250,000 spent by the Republican Party on Palin’s wardrobe during the Presidential campaign). Our tax dollars do not go to buy her wardrobe; her husband’s income and their savings do. I applaud that she wears clothes that ordinary people can afford to wear, even if she does wear designer clothes when the occasion calls for it.

Nanine Alexander on

The Obamas are financially well-off not chiefly because of their salaries or prudence, but the president’s first two books, sold extremely well when he was an Illinois lawmaker and went into $million range as he became better known across the country. When I was in Argentina just after his election, I was reading his book about growing up. People would come up to me in coffee shops and ask me about him and where they could get the book. He’s got a global fan base and enough money to dress himself and his three ladies extremely well.

T on

I went back and looked over her wardrobe before I commented and I was correct with my first thought. She dresses very unflattering for her size and shape. When her hair is pulled back like above she looks like a man. She is not an attractive woman at all.

Diane Pearce Votes for Obama Again on

All I know is that I am eployed at a large Pharmaceutical company in Clayton NC and I support Barack Obama with all my heart. I would love for all my friends and colleagues to re-elect Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA

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