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Ever since Michelle Obama wore that red Alexander McQueen gown to the state dinner with the Chinese president, fashion pubs have been in a tizzy debating whether or not this was her best choice. Oscar de la Renta told WWD that he believes the first lady should be supporting American designers. For the record, she does. However, he asserted that she should have chosen that particular event to do so, rather than opting for the design of a British designer. She wasn’t even promoting American-Chinese trade (imbalanced as it is) by wearing something by a Chinese designer. “Blasphemy!” Really guys?

Let’s look at the facts. She looked great (all agreed?). The design didn’t have a) an American flag plastered on it, b) a Chinese flag plastered on it, or c) a British flag plastered on it. While the dress was red, does that mean she was giving an approving nod to the communist ways of the Chinese? Um, I doubt it. The color could have been navy, purple or green and still looked great with the design that I read somewhere to be described as “streaky floral.”

All of the debate surrounding this one sartorial choice has be wondering the same thing as Cathy Horyn of the NYT. Do we care too much about her fashion to even look at the positive things she’s doing with her post? I’m just as guilty as everyone else, fawning over her savvy Michael Kors dress paired with Alaia belts and J. Crew cardigans outfits. If you have time it’s worth reading both the NYT blog from Horyn and an article from the Economist that she links to in that blog. Both have important points of view that ought be considered after what we just witnessed unfold thanks to WWD, the CFDA and Oscar de la Renta.

http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/witch-hunt/?ref=fashion

http://www.economist.com/node/13326771

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My top … seven

I just finished reading my copy of the WWD Collections issue and just like last year I’m going to comment on their top ten. However this year instead of commenting on their opinions, I’ve decided to create my own top seven from spring 2010.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

From the vibrant colors to the bright lips to the funky tie flat shoes, this show just screams summer fun. The big bows are my favorite part of the show, they add character and a little bit of sass. If a little girl’s imagination could create clothing for grown women, this would be the result.

Marc Jacobs

Part geisha, part Gaga. That pretty much sums up this collection. Also to note, it’s in my top three this season. To prevent myself from gushing too much, I’ll stop there.

Chanel

The fact that Lily Allen performed one of my favorite songs during this show basically sealed in my approval of this collection. A fun romp complete with a barn and a roll in the hay.

Christian Siriano

I remember clicking through this collection the night after it showed with my friend Erika. We deemed this his fire and ice collection. While sipping wine we oohed and aahed at his walking works of art. All I can say is that his sister is one lucky bride – and she better make headlines so I can see his take on bridals.

Dior

I really expected to hear “Smooth Criminal” play at the beginning of the show, but maybe it was a bit too soon for that. Either way the film noir throwback was well-received; I hope this attention-getting, over-the-top pageantry is here to stay. It reminds us that fashion is fun and playul. Plus, now I have a reason to buy ankle socks and pair them with my favorite pumps.

Alexander Wang

I pray for the day that my hair is once again long enough for the side braid. Wang created a true sportswear collection inspired by fencing and rugby – I wish I could have worn this in gym class! And it seems Wang wasn’t immune to the Lady’s  influence either as corset, bras and other undergarments are exposed in the 25-year-old’s collection.

Jason Wu

Master of the one shoulder dress, the second half of the collection was perfectly on key for the party set. Exposed zippers galore. Most of the pieces were perfectly polite while others had the teensiest hint of an edge to them.

Zac Posen

The futuristic use of color caught my eye and still hasn’t let go. This is what I imagine the high fashion Zenon would have worn.

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