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Word of warning: If you’re a fashion designer, as tempting as it might be to have a member of the First Family wear your design, you might want to fight off that temptation.
Michelle Obama has put down a second fashion designer:
Kai Milla’s eponymous clothing line has shut down, and the cash-strapped business has failed to pay vendors for months, sources claim.
Milla, wife of Stevie Wonder, founded the women’s contemporary line in 2005 and received acclaim from the fashion press, including a spread in Harper’s Bazaar and an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Milla’s height of popularity came after First Lady Michelle Obama wore a green silk sleeveless dress by the designer in February 2009, when Wonder was awarded a Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress and gave a performance at the White House.
I’m assuming that Stevie Wonder has plenty of money, but heaven forbid wealthy Obama fans break party ranks and demonstrate that it is possible to pay your own debts.
FLOTUS used to wear dresses made by her favorite Chicago designer, Maria Pinto — until she went out of business this spring.
The Obama curse on business isn’t apparently isolated to the president himself.