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In one appearance, Michelle Obama did for Balenciaga boots what it took a hit TV show for Sarah Jessica Parker to do for Manolo Blahniks. During the most recent stop on the book tour for her bestselling memoir Becoming, the former first lady dropped by Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Wednesday night for a discussion with Parker.
While the Sex and the City star was clad in a holiday-appropriate sequin dress, Obama’s sparkly $3,900 Balenciaga boots got all the attention. In fact, by Thursday afternoon, the boots were trending on Twitter and were nearly sold out on the Balenciaga website.
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As a two-term first lady, Michelle Obama was without a doubt a style influencer. The clothes she wore routinely sold out, whether they cost thousands of dollars or fewer than a hundred.
Her successor, Melania Trump, a former model, has repeatedly made headlines for fashion gaffes — such as wearing stilettos on her way to hurricane-ravaged Texas, an “I don’t really care. Do U?” jacket on a trip to see detained migrant children, or a colonizer-style ensemble to a trip to Kenya. But Michelle Obama stood out by embracing young designers and championing retailers that middle-class families could afford to wear, like J. Crew, the Gap, and Target. Obama, after all, served as first-lady as the nation rebounded from an economic recession.
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With Parker, Obama discussed the significance of her sartorial choices in the White House, acknowledging that she was a fashion influencer and explaining why she chose to wear some designers and not others.
“You learn there are people in this scene who feel entitled to these things because they’ve done it for a while,” Obama told Parker about her interactions with fashion designers. “And I sensed that feeling of, like, ‘Oh, you think this is just yours? There are a lot of people out here...
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