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Michelle Obama Wears McQueen; Rodarte Misses Out on an Oscar Nod

Michelle Obama McQueenYour favorite First Lady knocked it out of the park last night. At the state dinner in honor of The Republic of China, Michelle Obama chose a striking scarlet petal gown by Alexander McQueen. Exquisitely flattering, the bright red was a nod to the guests of honor – and the asymmetrical neckline and draped silk organza were guaranteed to stun the fashion heavyweights (which included Anna Wintour and Vera Wang) in attendance. [InStyle]

The Academy Awards nominations are right around the corner, but don’t expect to see the Rodarte sisters nominated for their exquisite work on Black Swan. Even though Kate and Laura Mulleavy created over forty ballet costumes for the film, the design duo didn’t negotiate credits in their initial deal, and front-end credit went to Amy Westcott. Only the official designer is eligible for Oscar consideration. [Fashionista]

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, photographer Patrick Demarchelier snapped pics of six models with their significant others for Vogue‘s February issue. Warning: if you were already planning to spend Valentine’s Day alone, looking at the spread is not going to do anything to boost your confidence. These couples are just too cute. [Fashionologie]

After a couple of weeks of speculation that Erin Kaplan‘s move from Elle to Teen Vogue was related to a reality TV project in the works, signs seem to indicate that R.J. Cutler’s upcoming fashion reality show is going to be tied to Teen Vogue, Kaplan’s new home. The documentarian behind The September Issue put out a casting call seeking fashion industry professionals with "a killer personality and style to match" but are reportedly having a hard time finding anyone for the project. They should try to get Joan Rivers. [The Cut, Styleite]

A new exhibition running alongside the Milan menswear shows asked 25 photographers and 25 stylists to present an image that captures Italian men’s style. If you need a mental health break from the runway pics that have pouring in, click through for a preview of the exhibition. []

Alexander Wang releases his first-ever print ad and refuses to call it in ad, choosing to label it as an "image piece" instead. Whatever. Maybe we should all stop calling him a designer, and refer to him as a "sartorial confectioner" instead. [WWD]

Starbucks is staying busy – maybe too busy. A couple weeks ago, the coffee retailer introduced a new logo. Then, they announced a new way to pay for lattes, via smartphone. All of that’s fine and dandy, but we haven’t talked about Starbucks’ new drink size, the Trenta: weighing in at 31 ounces, the ginormous goblet is larger than the human stomach. That’s a lot of bathroom breaks. [MediaBistro]