The silver Rachel Roy sheath dress Michelle Obama wore to the State of the Union last night was a safe choice, and not mostly because it had sleeves, but because it was by an American label. Those bare arms that used to be Michelle’s biggest sartorial conundrum have taken a backseat to the nationality of her clothing. Oscar de la Renta, who has lamented Michelle’s wearing non-American labels before, magnified the issue last week when he vocalized his disapproval of the Alexander McQueen gown Michelle wore to the state dinner. Council of Fashion Designers of America president Diane Von Furstenberg took the time — as she recovers from a recent ski accident — to issue a statement supporting de la Renta’s sentiments.
“CFDA believes in promoting American fashion,” the statement read. “Our First Lady Michelle Obama has been wonderful at promoting our designers, so we were surprised and a little disappointed not to be represented for this major state dinner.”