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Michelle Obama 2011 National Design Awards: First Lady To Host Stylish Luncheon During Fashion Week

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/14/2011 8:56 pm Updated: 10/14/2011 5:12 am

We love that the first lady embraces good design (see nearly all of her outfit choices). But this year she has created a little scheduling conflict for some of her fashion friends.

WWD reports that Michelle Obama will host the 2011 National Design Awards at the White House, just as she always does. But this time the luncheon will take place on September 13th, smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week. The event has historically taken place in July.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the 2011 Fashion Design winner Gilles Mendel is going to have a busy week: he shuffled around the date of his showing in the tents so he could attend. FLOTUS favorites Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu, both finalists whose shows are September 10th and 9th respectively, both had to send their regrets. But there's undoubtedly no ill will.

At last year's event, the first lady found herself a little starstruck by Tim Gunn.

Bonus points go to Mrs. Obama because this year she's also hosting The Teen Design Fair, a meet-and-greet for honorees and design-minded teens. Think Tavi will attend?

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