Oscar de la Renta ate some humble pie in response to the firestorm he received for flapping his jaw about the First Lady. In case you had not heard, Oscar publicly criticized Michelle Obama for ignoring major fashion designers in favor of lesser known designers like Thakoon, and Jason Wu a couple of weeks ago.
American fashion right now is struggling," said Oscar de la Renta. "I
think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don't
think that is the right message at this particular point….I don't
object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever
because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But
there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it's wrong to go
in one direction only." (From WWD)
However, the comments just came off as sour grapes and became all the talk of the fashion crowd.
So in an effort to save face, Oscar de la
Renta appeared on “The View” of all places yesterday! According to WWD, the designer’s aim was to quell the firestorm caused by his criticism
of First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing an
Azzedine Alaïa sweater to meet Queen Elizabeth II. This time around, de
la Renta was more repentant, telling Barbara Walters and team, “She’s entitled to wear anything she wants to.
I may have chosen my words badly, and I regret it.” Ya think?
This time the iconic designer repeatedly praised the First Lady’s good looks
and resounding popularity. When Walters pressed him with, “Are you
jealous?” de la Renta responded, “Of course I’m
jealous. Listen, to dress the First Lady is a tremendous privilege. I’m
jealous if I’m not dressing every single woman,” he said. Really? Would you like to dress me? Send over some items for my closet, I'll make room!
Needless to say, de la Renta
admitted he would welcome the chance to dress the First Lady, just as
he has Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.
Something tells me we are going to see Michelle in an Oscar frock one day soon…an olive branch perhaps? we would love to see the look pictured on her.
Runway photo: NY Magazine Spring '09