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‘Sex and the City’ designer: I could enhance Michelle Obama’s style

Laura Donovan Contributor

Now that she’s done dressing up the chic fictional characters of “Sex and the City,” stylist Patricia Field is interested in giving first lady Michelle Obama some fashion pointers. Though a fan of Mrs. Obama’s attire, Field believes she could be of some assistance to the first lady.

“Someone in the public eye who I would like to work with is Michelle Obama,” Field told the Daily Mail. “Not because she always gets it wrong, because she gets it right. She dresses very nicely, I respect her look, but when it comes to her special occasion clothes, I might be able to help her a bit, out of respect to her.”

Field believes she could help the first lady, who made Vanity Fair’s 2011 International Best-Dressed list, go above and beyond, particularly with special events apparel.

“I think I could enhance what she’s already doing, especially when it comes to special occasions,” Field told the publication.

Earlier this year, fashion big wig Oscar de la Renta said he was perplexed by Mrs. Obama’s dress selection for the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. The first lady draped herself in a red gown made by British designer Sarah Burton, and de la Renta seemed to think that choosing an American dress would have been a better way to encourage Chinese-American trade. (MORE: Oscar de la Renta unhappy with Michelle Obama’s state dinner dress choice)

“My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America,” De la Renta said. “Why do you wear European clothes?”

Since her husband assumed the presidency in 2009, the first lady has been a fashion icon and an anti-obesity advocate. From J. Crew to Alexander McQueen, Mrs. Obama is known for sporting a myriad of designers.

Soon after the 2008 election, Chicago design shop owner Heiji Choy told the Chicago Tribune that the first lady knows how to diversify her wardrobe.

“Some people say she’s going to be comparable to Jackie O. But I think she has an even more elevated sense,” Choy told the newspaper. “She’s not afraid to mix high and low, whereas Jackie was a little bit more rarefied. Mixing high and low is what modern fashion is now … Every woman who is into fashion can relate to her. And that’s a first.”