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Michelle Obama Sticks to Her Hometown Designer, Maria Pinto, For Democratic National Convention

Was It Fab That Michelle Obama Stuck With a Hometown Designer For the Convention?

With the fashion world at her fingertips, Michelle Obama could have worn a frock from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, or St. John at the Democratic National Convention. Instead, Obama opted for a '50s-inspired turquoise blue fitted sheath dress from her favorite hometown designer, Maria Pinto. This leading lady is loyal, and we love it.

The designer has been dressing Michelle and her two daughters since the beginning of the campaign trail. "She's like an average customer. She'll say, 'Oh, I like that dress.' She'll buy one or several," said Pinto, who credited Obama for her success.

Timing couldn't have been better for the designer, who recently rebounded from employee embezzlement that resulted in bankruptcy and an illness, which left her bedridden for six months. Obama has been spotted wearing Pinto's frocks throughout the campaign trail and if she continues, Pinto's success will rise as well.


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superjules superjules 8 years
She's a smart, beautiful woman who EARNED all of her money, and whatever she wears she looks fantastic. Don't worry, when the RNC comes around we'll have plenty to say about Cindy. And her clothes.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think the :oy:'s are more directed at people's comments than at the story itself. Just my thoughts, though.
syako syako 8 years
If I made a $300,000 salary I'd wear YSL! :P
chancleta chancleta 8 years
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I don't understand the eye-rolling either. Anyways, with that said, I loved the color on her.
haute77 haute77 8 years
great speech. the dress is definitely secondary.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I don't understand all of the :oy:'s. It's the DNC right now so there is going to be more coverage of Barack & Michelle Obama than the McCains. The GOP's time is coming soon...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think she looked fab, and it's nice that she sticks with her hometown designer instead of opting for a high-fashion designer.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Cindy always looks pretty and dresses well. No question about that.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh, I've always thought Cindy was very pretty and nicely dressed.
Amanda-tay Amanda-tay 8 years
Thanks Fleur for a refreshing opinion that strays from the norm!! I hope that when the RNC takes place you guys will take time to showcase Cindy McCain's style.
MaIIaya MaIIaya 8 years
she looked good, but i dont think its should make any difference for anyone who is voting, to look at the wife!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Harm, the Maria Pinto clothes are beautiful. I loved so many of them. And the shawls are beautiful, too. If you do decide to get yourself evicted so you can afford a dress, you should totally post pictures. ;)
mikeijames mikeijames 8 years
let's not get carried away: it's probably takes MORE money to invest in and know about these niche brands than it does in the big names! any person who gets blessed with a little bit of money runs out and gets gucci and chanel and all that, but it takes those who really walk among the upper classes to know about these smaller houses. it's not like she wore sheath from forever 21.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think she looked nice and very appropriate. Sticking with the hometown designer instead of going with a high-end couturier also helps to reinforce the central message of her part of the campaign: that she and Obama aren't the elitists they're often made out to be.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Wow! Maria Pinto has some beautiful stuff. I'm kind of drooling right now. I live in Chicago. Maybe if I don't pay rent for three months I can wear one of her dresses to the Jeff Awards this year. :)
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
I think she looks really good!
mikeijames mikeijames 8 years
who are we kidding?! michelle obama could've worn an oversized tattered tube sock, delivered that flawless speech, and still looked fabulous! she's channeling jackie o. in everything she does. she's not going to wear oscar, ysl, or something else "editorial" because truly fashionable women don't do that: they wear good quality lesser-known brands. and she's done that to the hilt! who made her broach? that appurtanance made the entire ensemble.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
No prob. :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
The broach is really beautiful. Thanks for the pic, Harmony. :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
The best part of the dress was the broach. You can't really see it in the above picture. Here it is:
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 8 years
The color and cut of her dress was lovely. The brooch was the cherry on top. I really liked her whole look. The pic above does not do it justice, imo. I think we should be able to talk about political figures' clothing on here- both parties.
laurniedoll laurniedoll 8 years
I think she looks great, but I'm sick of the focus on how women in politics look. Kind of an obvious double standard, isn't it? I agree with everyone that said her speech was great, btw.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I thought she looked beautiful. The color is a really good choice for her skin tone. Her hair also looked beautiful and shiny. If she'd gone with a major designer, it would have furthered the "elitist" myth. I also think it is not going to be easy to get an unbiased opinion from most people. Those who oppose her husband's politics, maybe inclined to dislike her as well. Which I don't understand, by the way. I don't like McCain's politics but I can admit when Cindy looks good (and she usually does look very good).
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