(NEW YORK) — From the attention-grabbing bangs, to the high-end Jason Wu dresses, to the colorful J. Crew ensembles, first lady Michelle Obama is considered by many to be a style icon in her own right. But one famous fashion designer – Vivienne Westwood – is unimpressed, describing Obama’s fashion sense as “dreadful.”
“Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears,” Westwood told the New York Times earlier this week.
“I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice-looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her,” Westwood added.
Westwood, a 71-year-old English fashionista who designed for the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, heaped praise on another first lady for her style.
“Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether,” Westwood said. “It just has to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous. That’s what fashion is there for. It’s there to help, not just to make you look more conservative.”
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
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Tom LoBianco, CNN
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