Fashion Roundup: Mad Men Designer Working on Collection; Tom Ford’s $990 Jeans; More on Michelle Obama’s Fashion Choices

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

Janie Bryant, the costume designer for the AMC show Mad Men, may be at work her own collection. [Glamour via Racked

Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders says talking about the brand you’re wearing is “gay.” And talking about how much money you saved on it is even worse. [Details via Racked]   

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]