By  on January 26, 2011

Lest anyone question the power of fashion, a week after the fact, people are still debating Michelle Obama’s choice of a British McQueen frock for the state dinner in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. And this, in the midst of a busy news week that has included confirmation of a serial killer on the loose on Long Island, a horrific airport attack in Moscow, Keith Olbermann’s abrupt exit from MSNBC, two NFL conference championship games, announcement of the Oscar nominees and the run-up to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

While recovering from her skiing accident, CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg sent a statement to WWD explaining the Council’s position on the issue. “CFDA believes in promoting American fashion,” the statement read. “Our First Lady Michelle Obama has been wonderful at promoting our designers, so we were surprised and a little disappointed not to be represented for this major state dinner.”

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