OBAMA AFTERGLOW: Michelle Obama is back on home soil, but European designers are still giddy from having their clothing picked for her wardrobe for her trip to the Continent.

Azzedine Alaïa, in particular, said he believes the Obamas will remain the most mythical presidential couple of all time. One of the designer’s black frocks was worn by Michelle Obama to a dinner in Baden-Baden, Germany, for the kickoff of the 60th NATO summit. “She wore it well; I couldn’t hope for better,” said Alaïa. “She has a very strong presence and has set a new style for First Ladies. I’m sure women will follow her style — it’s simple and elegant.” Meanwhile, Alaïa scolded Oscar de la Renta for recently criticizing some of the First Lady’s sartorial moves (even though de la Renta praised her as well). “It’s not up to him to give her lessons; Michelle Obama is of her time; Oscar de la Renta is no longer,” scoffed Alaïa.

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“I love Michelle Obama because she is beautiful, energetic and has a strong presence,” continued Brunello Cucinelli, founder of the namesake company producing the Gunex pants worn by Obama for a visit to the cathedral in Strasbourg, France.

Veronica Etro, creative director of Etro’s women’s wear and accessories, lauded Obama’s sophisticated sense of style.

And Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini recalled the excitement of seeing one of the brand’s green suits worn by Obama to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (She also sported the label in Europe.) “That chartreuse tone that Mrs. Obama often wears has now become, for my team and myself, ‘Obama Green,’” she said.

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