MRS. O IS A NO: Invitations and ballots for the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards are going out today, but one high-profile honoree has already confirmed her absence. Michelle Obama, who will receive the night’s Board of Directors’ Special Tribute, won’t be able to make it to Alice Tully Hall on June 15 to accept her award. Instead, the First Lady, who was in New York last week to tape an episode of “Sesame Street” and attend the Time 100 dinner, will tape an acceptance speech at the White House, which will be shown during the awards ceremony. Obama has been waving the flag for American designers, particularly younger, emerging talent, and her potential presence at the gala was highly anticipated among the fashion crowd. Instead, the increasingly highly visible White House social secretary Desirée Rogers is scheduled to accept the award on the First Lady’s behalf.
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