Gifts to US domestic total from unfamiliar leaders embody intemperate jewelry, artwork

Top U.S. domestic figures, including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were means hundreds of thousands of dollars’ value of valuables and design final year by unfamiliar dignitaries, though scarcely all of a intemperate presents were incited over to a inhabitant archives. The State Department disclosed Thursday a […]

Mandela’s health may overshadow Obama’s return to Africa

DAKAR, SENEGAL President Obama touched down aware that Nelson Mandela was on life-support and even closer to death than he was before the president and the first family boarded Air Force One Wednesday, unnerved by Mandela’s declining health and certain that his passing would dramatically alter the Obamas’ first extensive tour of sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. […]

Who won the year’s top fashion awards?

After drawing raves for creating Michelle Obama’s inaugural ensemble, designer Thom Browne took home the menswear designer of the year award. Winners of the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler pose with Kerry Washington.(Photo: Kevin Mazur, WireImage) They say birds of a feather flock together, and […]

Michelle Obama designer Jason Wu talks fashion at the ICA

NEW YORK — On a rainy night in December 2008, the Institute of Contemporary Art brought some of the country’s most promising young designers to Boston for a fund-raiser. On hand were talents Chris Benz, Brian Reyes, and Elise Overland. The evening also featured Jason Wu, a fresh-faced 26-year-old who was just getting his business […]

Oscar de la Renta Says Michelle Obama Doesn’t ‘Influence’ Fashion

Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta has been a fashion favorite of many U.S. first ladies, from Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan to Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.  But one name is still missing from his list: Michelle Obama. At a Mexico City fashion gala on Friday, De la Renta said he is not […]

Jason Wu: The new frontier of fashion

On Jason Wu’s first trip to San Francisco, he flew under the radar, visiting as a tourist, while another fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, drew attention with his international clothing exhibition at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. On his second trip, it’s Wu’s turn in the spotlight – thanks to the San Francisco Opera […]

Fashion World Digests Michelle’s Choices

By CHRISTINA BINKLEY Enlarge Image Jonathan Ernst / Press Pool Michelle Obama, center, arrives for the swearing-in ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Monday. In a decision that surprised the fashion world, Michelle Obama on Monday night wore an inaugural ball gown by Jason Wu, the same designer who made her evening gown for the 2009 inauguration. […]

Beyond Politics, Food and Fashion at the Presidential Inauguration

Jacqueline Kennedy had Oleg Cassini, Nancy Reagan James Galanos—fashion designers that dressed them for the presidential inauguration and throughout their time in the White House. Michelle Obama also wears designer clothes but she’s probably best known for popularizing the J. Crew label, wearing its sweaters and skirts and, most notably, its moss green leather gloves […]

First in Fashion

To be sure, Mrs. Obama’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity and put healthy eating habits on the national agenda matter more than what she wears, and her legacy will be secure if she pushes for broader change. An impressive speaker, she is able to reach across all kinds of divides — race, age, income. Given […]

Obama to fly home early as ‘fiscal cliff’ looms

President Obama speaks as initial lady Michelle Obama listens during a revisit with members of a troops and their families in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Tuesday.(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP) Story Highlights President Obama will cut brief his normal Christmas holiday in Hawaii Obama and lawmakers will continue work on ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations Obama was approaching […]