Oscar de la Renta: Criticizing Michelle Obama "Was a Big Mistake"
Fashion critics are quick to point out that Michelle Obama, who wore a bevy of American designers during the recent inaugural celebrations, has never donned Oscar de la Renta. Could one of his comments on her style from nearly four years ago be the reason why?
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, de la Renta said that criticizing what Obama wore the first time she met Queen Elizabeth II "was a big mistake. I said lots of nice things, but then I said I didn't think Mrs. Obama should have worn a J.Crew sweater to go to Buckingham Palace. And that's the bit they used."
De la Renta made that comment in an April 2009 interview with WWD. But that's not to say he's never paid her a compliment. Around the same time as Buckingham Sweatergate, de la Renta said the first lady "has such great looks if she put on a potato sack, she would look great."