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President of the United States of America Barack Obama and celebrity fashion icon / First Lady Michelle Obama made their first trip to New York City since he took office in January, enjoying dinner and a Broadway play over the weekend.

A White House press spokesperson said that the President had "promised" his wife that he would take her to a Broadway show after the election was all finished.

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Between the NYC trip and getting his daughters Bo the First Dog, Barack has now made good on at least two of his major campaign promises. That's leadership!

After both parents attended eldest daughter Malia's soccer match (her team won), they boarded a C-20 plane and arrived in the Big Apple Saturday afternoon.

The pair's first stop: New York's West Village neighborhood, where they dined at Bluehill Restaurant. Fellow diner Eva Fleischer of Manhattan said she "had no idea" the Obamas would be there when she made her 5:30 p.m. reservations.

"They had to pat us down," she told reporters outside the restaurant, which is known for its "locally grown fare." As the Obamas left, Fleischer recalled, the President said to her table, "'Hi, guys!' It was very exciting and surprising."

Another diner at the restaurant, Susan Korchak of Manhattan, noted that Michelle Obama "is very tall. She's just statuesque and gorgeous."

Post-dinner, the Obamas hit the Belasco Theater on West 44th Street for a performance of Joe Turner's Come and Gone - about a group of African-Americans coming to grips with the legacy of slavery - before flying back to the White House.

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Her official title is First Lady of the United States, but Michelle Obama has also been called a one-woman stimulus plan for the fashion industry.

The cataloging of Mrs. Barack Obama's style selections choices - from $565 two-tone Lanvin sneakers to the black Michael Kors sheath and Peter Soronen corset she donned for a recent Time gala - has shown no sign of abating.

Along the way, those who produce the clothes, whether J. Crew or high-end designers (for which Michelle has shown a considerable penchant), have been catapulted into the limelight, with her triple-A-list exposure offering a boost to business.

“There has been a huge interest in special orders, which has helped maintain business in a gloomy time,” said Peter Soronen, whose pieces are sold through Ikram, a Chicago boutique owned by Ikram Goldman, the First Lady’s de facto stylist.

Soronen, who called his 11-year-old company “a semicouture house” because custom orders make up a large percentage of his business, was quick to point out that major retailers have not yet come knocking for his entire collection.

However, individual Michelle Obama fashion statements have elicited direct specialty boutique orders and, in some cases, requests for an entire new dress.

Continue reading this article in Women's Wear Daily, and click to enlarge some of Michelle's style choices that have made headlines in recent months ...

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Despite hectic schedules, White House life has actually been a calming influence on the Obamas, according to First Lady of Fashion (and the U.S.) Michelle.

Michelle says living in the residence has been a particularly positive experience for her daughters Malia 10, and Sasha, 7. When it comes to life in the Executive Mansion, the First Lady calls it "the greatest single benefit for us as a family."

After all, now they see each other every day, which hasn't been the case for most of the kids' lives, especially during the grueling presidential campaign.

"It's rare [for most families] to have dad at home for dinner, to see him in the mornings, to have him there when you go to bed at night, just to be able to have the casual conversations that happen about life at dinnertime," Michelle tells Time.

"That's been terrific, and more normal than we've had for a very long time."

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On maintaining perspective and putting family first, Mrs. Obama says, "We stay 100 percent in their world. Their lives are very disconnected from this [place]. You can do that with kids when they are young, because they just don't care."

The President of the United States agrees.

"Among the many wonderful things about being President," Barack Obama tells Time, "the best is that I get to live above the office and see Michelle and the kids every day. I see them in the morning. We have dinner every night. It sustains me."

He also takes work breaks for what he terms "Michelle time," when retreats from his office to the residence. Every now and then, his wife shows up in the West Wing with family dog Bo and/or the kids for "a brief but lively interruption."

"And if the kids really, really need to see him, they can," Michelle says. "They're free to walk in. They're welcome wherever they want to go around here."

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As people across America fall in love with Michelle Obama fashion, it might seem odd to hear any negative critique about her always flawless appearance.

But for Iman, the 53-year-old supermodel and wife of David Bowie, the First Lady of the U.S. is more than a pretty face ... she's just not that beautiful.

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"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman tells Parade magazine. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther."

Thanks ... right?

Iman thinks First Lady Michelle Obama isn't that great looking - but hey, looks can be overrated, you know. Easy for a supermodel to say, but we digress.

"When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you," Iman explains. "If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”

Hmm. We're still not sure if that's a compliment or not, but all we know is that if "going downhill" involves looking like Michelle, we'll take it.

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Okay, so Michelle Obama didn't personally compile this list for us, but the First Lady of the United States is certainly a celebrity style icon worth emulating!

Whether she's at black tie affairs or dressed down working in the White House garden or walking Bo the First Dog, she always looks just about perfect.

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You may never live in the White House, but here are 10 simple Michelle Obama fashion tips you can master to look great on practically any occasion:

1. Play Up Your Assets!

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First Lady Michelle Obama's first trip to New York City since her husband was elected President left audiences floored in more ways than one.

She drew raves at the Time 100 Most Influential People Awards at the Time Warner Center for both her stunning floor-length navy blue gown from high-end French designer Azzedine Alaia and her touching keynote address Tuesday.

Her hip pink sneakers did not make an appearance this time around, but that's probably a good thing. Here's Michelle's latest fashion statement:

This was just part of a busy, fashionable day for Michelle Obama, who also donned a Tracy Feith dress for a meet-and-greet at the U.S. mission to the UN.

The previous day, she looked casual, yet chic at a Hispanic Heritage event at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in D.C., worked in the garden, and dressed back up for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House.

Oh, and she even made time for dinner with Oprah!

Here's a look more Michelle Obama pictures from this week, along with some highlights from the stylish First Couple's first months in the White House ...

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As if her multi-colored cardigan collection, affinity for reasonable J.Crew outfits and endless supply of adorable Jimmy Choo heels weren't enough ...

... Michelle Obama now rocks sneakers?

Yesterday, the First Lady of the United States and member of People's 100 Most Beautiful list visited the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C., where she helped assemble more than 2,000 bags of food for hungry children. How nice.

But what was even more awesome was her fashion - Michelle wore a typical J.Crew sweater, natch, but paired them with gray sneaks with a pink toe. OMG!

Well, technically they're not sneakers, according to fashion experts, just shoes - really unexpected ones by Lanvin that cost $540 at Barneys, in fact.

So they might not sell out as quickly as some previous Michelle Obama fashion ensembles. But hey, still neat. What other First Lady could pull this off!

What do you think of Michelle's sneakers/shoes? Vote in our survey to voice your opinion, then click to enlarge more photos of the fashionable Mrs. O ...

 

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Amid an economic recession so bad that world markets are expected to shrink for the first time in six decades, and a world more unstable each day due to proliferation of nuclear weapons and threat of terrorism, Americans are dying to know ...

How is first dog Bo doing these days?

"He's kind of crazy, but he's still a puppy. So he likes to play a lot," First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama told visiting children at the White House for the annual Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday.

"It was like 10 o'clock. Everybody was asleep and we hear this barking and jumping around. The president and I thought somebody was out there. It was just Bo, playing with his ball. It was like there was another person in the house."

The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, who's getting even more attention than Michelle Obama fashion these days, "loves to chew on people's feet," she added.

Asked how she spends her free time, Michelle said, "Well, right now I'm taking care of this puppy. So I'm doing a lot of dog walking and dog training."

One child asked what she would she do if Bo ran away.

"I would be very sad, first of all, but ... he has [dog] tags, and hopefully someone would find him and bring him back," Michelle Obama said.

If he were to somehow escape the gated South Lawn, "I think everyone at the White House would probably help go out and find him," she said.

"We're working on training him, so he doesn't run away and listens when we call him. So far he's doing OK. We hope we don't have that problem!"

All together now: Awwww. Click to enlarge more Bo pics below!

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Give it up, Republicans. Look to 2016.

Approval ratings for Barack Obama might drop a bit if the economy continues to tank, but the President took a step this week that ensures his popularity will remain, even in the face of rising employment rates and populist outage:

Michelle Obama Wax Figure

He got a puppy!

Not just any puppy, but one with "star quality," as Obama described Bo, adding: "That's a good-looking dog, let's face it."

It's also a good-looking family the President has gathered together. He, Michelle, Malia and Sasha took the First Dog out for a walk this week:

Malia says her new Portuguese water dog is "perfect." Do you agree?

Click on the following photos to enlarge more adorable pics of Barack, Bo and the Obamas...

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Continuing to win raves for her fashion as well as her demeanor, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama posed for a photo with Barack Obama yesterday.

OR DID SHE?

Is this actually a picture of America's newest First Couple? Or has Madame Tassaud gone to town once again and immortalized them in her D.C. museum?

You decide in this edition of Real or Wax ...

Michelle Obama: Real or Wax?

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