Michelle Obama's off the rack Donna Ricco dress that she wore during her guest hosting gig on The View has become an instant hit. The dress costs only $149 and is selling quickly at White House/Black Market.
The women on the View complemented Michelle Obama on how beautiful she looked. Check out the video at around the 5:48 mark Michelle says. "I got this dress at a store that has all black and white stuff.
The View moderator Whoppi Goldberg even pays Michelle a compliment at around the 6:10 minute mark. "I'm really glad to see you because I'm sick of anytime you see Black folks on the news particularly women they have no teeth and the teeth that they have have gold around them and they can't put a sentence together. Perhaps now you are helping to change the perception. If you're a Black woman and you're tuning in and eveytime you see someone who is supposed to represent Black women not very fair skinned ...but dark Black women. I just want to say thanks."
We have to agree with Whoppi Goldberg's compliment and say thanks Michelle you are a beautiful role model. The Today Show interviewed the dress designer who says there is such high demand for the "Michelle Obama dress" that it is flying off of the shelves. Watch the interview below and click here to see Michelle Obama's appearance on the View if you missed it. Michelle Obama is also featured in Us Weekly with her husband the next President of the United States Barack Obama. Page Six is reporting that Vogue Editior Andre Leon Tally is determined to guide Michelle Obama's designer fashion choices and make her into a "Jackie O" fashion icon.
According to Page Six Vogue Fashion editor Andre Leon Tally wants to turn the beautiful Michelle Obama into the next American fashion icon like Jackie O.
"Andre wants to take over Michelle Obama the way he commandeered Jennifer Hudson," said our source. Talley told the Times earlier this month: "A black Camelot moment is the right moment for the Obamas, and so the faux pearls, the A-line dresses, the Jackie flip are obviously all part of how her image strategy has evolved." Some Dems fear that in the months ahead, Talley, a huge fan of Oscar de la Renta, will steer Michelle into a Bolero jacket or an outfit even more ill-advised. source
Donna Ricco has been a successful fashion designer for a long time — but it took Michelle Obama to make her famous.
On Wednesday, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took a turn as co-host of TV talkfest “The View.” When the show’s audience saw her breezy, black-and-white, high-waisted print dress designed by Ricco, they had to have it. Virtually overnight, the dress all but sold out at the White House/Black Market boutiques that sell it for an affordable $148.
“I’m very happy. I’m very surprised. I had no idea she would be wearing this dress,” Ricco told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Friday in New York. “But it’s sort of a natural happening for me, because I’ve been designing dresses a long time. We ship a lot of dresses to the stores, and I’m happy that Michelle chose this dress to wear on ‘The View.’ ”
“It must be rewarding for you,” Vieira told Ricco, who wore a satiny black dress — presumably of her own design — with a scoop neckline and rolled collar.
“It is,” the designer agreed. “I put a lot of time and effort into making these dresses fit a lot of American woman. I think to be able to go into the store, for Michelle to find the dress, try it on, love it, and to be able to just wear it, speaks to what I’m doing every day.”
White House/Black Market has lost no time in trumpeting itself as the source of Michelle Obama’s dress. On Friday, it’s Web site featured a picture of the sleeveless dress — it’s called a “tank leaf print dress” — with the headline, “Road to the White House Style,” and an underlined link advising shoppers to “buy this dress.” The site also notes that “Entertainment Tonight” did a piece on the suddenly famous frock.
Ricco’s own Web site hadn’t yet caught up with her sudden fame. On its home page is a model in a blue satin summer dress. A site page labeled “As seen in” includes a Vogue cover and references to E!, “Wheel of Fortune” (including a gallery featuring Vanna White in Donna Ricco designs) and Woman’s Day... but not “The View” or the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s stylish wife. source