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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steph on

Don’t care for her so I don’t care. But just so you kmow most of the cloths are donated so the designer gets the props .

babs on

The president makes an annual salary of $400,000 plus various expenses. This amount is comparable and in some cases lower than other political offices – governors, mayors, etc. Like many of the other posters here have commented the First Family – like all the other First Families – pay for clothing, food, school – with that salary and other income. To the commenters who say she has no style or poor style, I disagree. I think she looks beautiful. Her style is easy, simple and real. She looks like confident woman and I say we need more of that in this world!

Jennifer on

I mean if she wants to buy a $400 dollar pin okay…me I’d be happy with a cup of coffee from Circle K! LOL…To each his own I suppose.

Theresa on

The woman could be wearing a black Hefty garbage sack and you would still say “see that’s where the taxpayers dollars go!” You are an idiot. STFU Hater.

Polly on

As usual she looks ridiculous; nothing like a First Lady should. She always looks like a Gap ad. Nothing attractive about her, she needs a stylist!!

Betty on

If the President walked on water, the republicans would say it was because he could not swim. They just hate him and his family and resent every thing he does.

Maricia on

Mrs. Obama is a nice size. She has the frame of an African American woman. How do you know she doesn’t give money to the shelters, etc. She had clothing before she got to the White House. The pieces in the article are not diamonds and/or other stones. Stop the madness.

They have not had nearly the events at the White House that other’s have had. They have not taken nearly as many vacations as others either. She has the same number of people working for her as all the previous first ladies. What is the problem? I know–and so do you.

Jon on

Whatever! Sorry to hear a girl fell while running a race, but I’m glad she was able to finish it, and will be ok, sorry her Coach has Lou Gehrig’s Disease and may not coach next year? But, I’m glad her team won!

Maricia on

She looks lovely, who wears suits?

Nancy on

I love her! She’s so stylish and sophisticated and very nice.

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