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First Lady Style Watch
Chirlane McCray made her first solo appearance as first lady last night, kicking off a panel on black immigration at the sprawling Christian Cultural Center in East New York.
Ms. McCray took the stage an hour late and spoke for less than 10 minutes in front of an audience gathered for a discussion of The Black Institute’s new “G Project,” which aims to identify first to fourth-generation black immigrants.
Word has gotten out from publicists and fashion news authority Women’s Wear Daily that first lady Michelle Obama has endorsed yet another one of Barbara Tfank’s ladylike designs for a heavily monitored public appearance. It is said to be the fifth time that the first lady has donned a Barbara Tfank frock. She wore the ravishing outfit at a meet-and-greet in Gainesville, Fla., for a young girls’ after-school program called Girls’ Place on September 17.
“A friend, who Tfank had shown the unusual fabric to, spotted the dress on C-SPAN and called the designer to tell her the news,” reported WWD.
According to our perhaps inaccurate tally, this means that Ms. Obama has worn Tfank to more public appearances than any other high-end American fashion designer, which leads us to ask: Is Barbara Tfank Ms. Obama’s new designer of choice? Has Ms. Tfank overtaken the feminine and playful aesthetic of Jason Wu?