Oscar de la Renta Says Michelle Obama Doesn't 'Influence' Fashion

Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta has been a fashion favorite of many U.S. first ladies, from Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan to Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

But one name is still missing from his list: Michelle Obama.

At a Mexico City fashion gala on Friday, De la Renta said he is not worried about not having Obama on his list of celebrity clients because for him what matters is dressing everyday women.

"An anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, not a movie star or a first lady," said De la Renta.

Obama has appeared on many best-dressed lists and De la Renta has been among the few who have criticized her choices, specifically her decision to wear a sweater when she met Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. The designer said that he had said nice things and made the comment to avoid "sounding like a package of sugar."

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"It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way," the designer said.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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