03/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reuters Dares To Ask: Is The First Lady Actually "Fashion's Non-Icon"?

First lady Michelle Obama is widely hailed as a fashion icon, but industry insiders say she's quite the opposite, and that's a good thing.

A fashion icon would have an eye-catching signature look and, while the president's wife has the power to set trends, her appeal is refreshingly not so defined and deliberate, said fashion observers at the semi-annual Fashion Week in New York, where designers are showing their Fall 2009 collections.

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