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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Nicky on

– LC on December 3rd, 2010

OMG! What a foolish comment to make…Idiot.

Lizzie on

Whatsup with that “do”? Not becoming at all!!!

Shelby on

The clothes of the President and First Lady have never been paid for my the taxpayers. President Obama makes around 400,000 a year and they have money from her successful career in Chicago as well as royalties from his books. They’re millionaires. She doesn’t have 20 assistants, only a few and they are federal workers that pay taxes too. The government is one of the biggest employers in this country, they pay taxes and your taxes pay them. All First Ladies and Presidents have the same amount of staff, Republican or Democrat.

Shelby on

And its completely sad that this thread shows the lack of respect each other have for differing opinions. A lot of amazing things in this country were made on compromises! Including the government itself. Democrats are socialists, Republicans greedy racists? No, were humans with differing opinions, entitled to them and in the end are trying to better this country. It’s time for respect to be a top priority for Americans too.

Jennifer C on

people are so shallow and look for negativity in EVERY SINGLE SITUATION. Taxpayer dollars? are you serious? Just admit that we have a very fashionable and ‘fly’ 1st Lady.

L on

racist much?

Sharon on

First of all, Alexis Bittar is a man. LC, she made several hundred thousand a year BEFORE they came to DC. He also made millions on book sales. The general ignorance of some of the American public astounds me. Please read before commenting, you will look like less of a buffoon. And to the commenter who said she needs to “loose” weight, its lose – her weight is less of a problem than your english issue.

kiki on

What I find remarkable about this photo is looking at her expresion and then the children around her – they do not look happy. Besides I still think she looks like a man ape.

GracieAnne on

Arksna ..you are about as small as Sarah Palin. that rumor about the 800 rooms was a BIG LIE. please don’t show your ignorant by repeating something you evidently have no knowledge of. Who did he have to put in 800 rooms. This is the president of the United States whether he is purple, brown or blue. He deserves the same protection and security as the rest of the presidents (including so called Bush) when he is in or out of the country. Why is there a problem when he travels and uses the same services all other before him has? You people need to go volunteer at a nursing home somewhere. It doesn’t matter if he had a 1,800.00 whatever amount he spent will not do NOTHING to solve the unemployment, or deficit facing the country. In case you and other didn’t all the people in the congress/senate travel outside the country at YOUR tax dollar expense. And Iam sure you don’t make enough to pay for a hamburger he eats neverless a trip to downtown D.C. Tell your family members that are getting government assistance to find a job and get off YOUR tax dollars.

Barb on

Honestly, I am a Republican and very rarely vote Democrat. That being said, why is it that people are so vicious against others? I mean-seriously. What is wrong with people who immediately attack others, such as this? Where did any kind of respect for the presidency (from Republicans and Democrats go?) When a Republican is office, people are horrible, and when a Democrat is in the office, people also say horrible, undeserved things. I say if you can’t say something nice, don’t bother!

IMO, she looks lovely and graceful.

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