Fashion Folks Annoyed That Michelle Obama Scheduled the National Design Awards for the Middle of Fashion Week

WASHINGTON - MARCH 09:  First lady Michelle Obama and inaugural dress designer Jason Wu look at the inaugural gown she wore to the inaugural balls and is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama continues a long tradition of first lady’s who have donated their inaugural gown to be on display at the Smithsonian.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Wu;Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama with award finalist Jason Wu. Photo: Mark Wilson/2010 Getty Images

The National Design Awards usually take place in the middle of July, but this year Michelle Obama will host it at the White House on September 13, right in the middle of New York fashion week. As a result, several honorees can't make it, including finalist Jason Wu and runner-up Prabal Gurung. Gilles Mendel, who is this year's fashion design winner, moved the date of his runway show so that he'll be able to accept his award in person. WWD chided, "First Lady Michelle Obama sure knows her designer labels, but her handlers must have misplaced her fashion calendar." Har har.