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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JessicaR on

I’m sure designers ‘donate’ clothes to her all the time but remember how Sarah Palin’s wardrobe was scrutinized during the Presidential race…turn about is fair play.

Jon on

I like Justin Bieber’s new Mustache!

Maricia on

Remember it was John McCains camp that talked about Sarah Palins wardrobe.

Brooke on

Can we talk about the actual pieces and not about the Obamas? If I were Alexis Bittar, I’d be pissed that I donated all these pieces to Mrs. Obama to get some media exposure and all people cared about was arguing about politics. I think the pieces are lovely, but I hate pins. Perhaps she has a nice (and more affordable) line of earrings!

steph on

they don’t purchase the cloths. and why is this so important. sure as heck doesn’t help get jobs now does it?

Edie on


Jen DC on

They were millionaires before they got to the WH. Ever hear of the two best-selling books he authored – before the WH? Or the fact that – as mentioned previously – MO was a hospital administrator and prior to that a litigator in Chicago? Personal expenses of the President and his family are exactly that: PERSONAL.

If you have complaints about his politics, that’s fine. But don’t tell useless, baseless, easily repudiated lies.

Theresa on

Or as Sarah would say, “refudiated”

Alicia on

The First Lady is great I do not care what anyone says,she is an awesome mom,wonderful wife and an excellent role model for all women if she ever wrote a book I would buy it.

Leighton on

Can we please remember how much money Sarah Palin spent on clothes, and that was just during the election. Thank you. Besides, these were probably gifts – designers do that all the time. Celebrities never pay for their stuff.

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