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Michelle Obama’s New Cover; Alexander Wang Launches Underwear

• Michelle Obama is the cover model for Condé Nast Traveler’s May issue. The dress she’s wearing is not the same Jason Wu one she wore on the cover of Vogue’s March 2009 issue, though it looks similar. [Mrs. O]

Isabel Marant on finding the perfect location for her store, which opens today on Broome Street: “I’ve heard about Meatpacking, about Bleecker Street, about Brooklyn. So I’ve been scouting all around, all those places where things are happening. But my heart was still in SoHo because there are beautiful buildings and I wanted to open a quieter, spacey shop.” [WWD]

Alexander Wang launched his first underwear collection yesterday on his website. The pieces — crop tops, triangle bra tops, and one-shoulder shelf bras — are part of his T by Alexander Wang collection and retail for $48 to $72. [Fashionologie]

• New research claims that women spend three years of their lives shopping. That includes hours spent on clothing, accessories, food, and household goods. [StyleList]

Crystal Renn: “I have a problem with number obsession; that’s why I choose for the most part never to go to gyms and do stuff like that because I haven’t felt ready. I get obsessed with numbers, as well as other anorexics and other people. I have the freedom to be whatever size and I don’t have to worry because there’s work! If I was a straight-sized model, one inch would make the difference between a designer hiring me or not. I fluctuate all the time. We’re women, it happens!” [HuffPo]

• Musician Malcolm McLaren, who died yesterday in Switzerland, was the ex-partner of Vivienne Westwood and often sought out to talk about fashion. [On the Runway/NYT]

• Did you know Gucci makes an $895 baby carrier emblazoned with the GG fabric? [Daily Front Row]

Michelle Obama’s New Cover; Alexander Wang Launches Underwear