Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar

12/03/2010 at 01:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar
Mustafa Quraishi/AP, inset: Courtesy Alexis Bittar

Michelle Obama may have a closet full of looks from Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez and J.Crew, but when it comes to jewelry, Brooklyn-bred designer Alexis Bittar has the First Lady’s undivided attention. Over the course of a month, Obama has been spotted all over the globe in a variety of baubles from the jeweler, whose preferred working materials include lucite and semi-precious stones. For an appearance on Barbara Walters’ Thanksgiving Day special, the First Lady punched up an all-black ensemble with an Alexis Bittar poppy pin. In the following two weeks, her admiration was in full bloom, selecting the jeweler’s $395 flower pin while on a Presidential trip to India and then again at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.! Soon thereafter, the style chameleon demonstrated her versatility with three other Bittar selections, donning a playful hand carved bee brooch on Halloween, a triple strand pearl necklace and then lucite domed button clip earrings while abroad in India. And though Bittar has a fashion pedigree—he was the 2010 CFDA recipient of “Accessory Designer of the Year”—his designs don’t have to break the bank, with pieces starting at just $95 at alexisbittar.com. – Justine Harman


Michelle Obama's Newest Fashion Fixation: Alexis Bittar
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Gigi on

Why there was no issues when Jackey Kenndy dresses or Mrs. Regan clothing. Those are the best dresses women in the white houuse. This is so sickening. People get a life.

allazay on

That’s all well for her she should be making some donations to some food pantry’s across the country,now that unemployment has run out for thousands of people and the holidays are upon us and people are poorer then ever. Shame on her and she could stand to loose a few pounds herself.

Brooke on

Congratulations to the designer for getting some good publicity! Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of pins. They ruin my shirts and jackets.

Meg on

She does not have great style. She has a stylist people. She does not go to a store. (same as Katie Holmes, etc..)

Jerri on

Whatever gifts the President or Mrs. Obama receive as a result of his office belong to the U.S. Govt. That’s the law. I’m quite certain that Mrs. Obama pays for all her own clothing and accessories from her husband’s wages and their savings. These pieces may not be affordable for low to middle income individuals, they are for someone of their income bracket.

E on

I suppose you all think that Sarah Palin saves her money and spends wisely? Give me a break. Respect our President and First Lady! Your just continuing to show the racism that still exist in this country! Get over it! Black people are in the White House!!!!!

Maya on

Hey E no one ever said anything about them being black….why don’t YOU get off your high horse racist rant!

Brooke on

I think that all this political arguing is overshadowing the point of the article, which is basically a puff piece to promote Alexis Bittar. Personally, I feel badly for Ms. Bittar now, because no one is actually talking about her work here.

Aknsa on

Yeah- I am sure both their salaries combined necessitated reserving 800 rooms for the trip to India. Oh- and while cavorting through Indonesia- President Obama was once again MIA to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier fro Veterans Day. Give me a break. They are living the high life on my tax dollars!

jojo on

Come on the Obama’s are millionaire’s. They don’t need tax payer money to buy what they need. You all are a bunch of haters. Kudo’s to you Ms. Obama for your excellent taste and complete class as the first lady. You give us all something to strive for.

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