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NOT THIS TIME: First Lady Michelle Obama sure knows her designer labels, but her handlers must have misplaced her fashion calendar. Instead of hosting the annual National Design Awards luncheon in July, as has been the case for the past 10 years, this year’s meet-and-greet will be held at the White House on Sept. 13. The timing — during New York Fashion Week — may prove to be tricky for fashion types. This year’s Fashion Design winner, Gilles Mendel, moved the date of his runway show to ensure that he can get to the festivities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Finalist Jason Wu, whose show is slated for Sept. 9, will be sitting out the Beltway excursion. Ditto for fellow runner-up Prabal Gurung, who will present his latest collection Sept. 10 at the IAC Building.
This time around there will be a cocktail party for this year’s winners and runners-up on Sept. 12, as well as The Teen Design Fair, a First Lady-initiated mixer for teens and honorees.