Memo Pad: Alaïa Aloud... What Michelle O. Really Wore... Townsend Honored...

Azzedine Alaïa isn't easing up on his anger over the Costume Institute exhibit "The Model as Muse" and the Monday night gala, but perhaps it's misplaced.

NOW IS HE MAD AT MICHELLE?: Meanwhile, between the Costume Institute flap and his dress reportedly being worn by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Time 100 dinner, Azzedine Alaïa is having quite the week in the spotlight. Trouble is, that square neck tank dress that was part of the First Lady’s widely praised ensemble (along with a Peter Soronen corset belt) on Tuesday evening was actually designed by Michael Kors. “I’ve been digging out of the Alaïa hole all day,” said a good-natured, if exasperated, spokesman for Michael Kors, which sent out a press release setting the record straight. The spokesman also obtained a correction from the popular First Lady fashion fan site,, where that outfit had drawn hundreds of rapturous comments and guessing games. The spokesman said the dress was simple enough to go unidentified, but that Ikram Goldman had given the designer the heads up in an e-mail. The erroneous Alaïa credit, which was reported in WWD and many other news sources, apparently came from the White House via Time.

— Irin Carmon

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