African-American designer B. Michael does not support the Black Artists Association’s disappointment with Michelle Obama over not wearing a black designer to the inauguration. “I understand their sensitivity and respect their right to express it,” he said. “I personally believe it is an unfair expectation to place on the First Lady. Fashion is subjective and a matter of personal choice." [WWD]
Tom Ford has introduced a $990 jean made from Japanese selvedge denim, silk-lined pockets and a front button plated with 18-karat gold. [WWD]
This year, Valentino will stream its Spring 2009 Haute Couture show at Le Grand Ampitheatre de la Sorbonne at its boutiques around the world. [Vogue UK]
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