Michelle Obama is on the front pages of scores of newspapers after her speech at the Democratic Convention. Many have raved about her dolmain-sleeve dress which is by Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto, who has opened a new store in Chicago’s West Loop this month. Here’s what the Los Angeles Times’ Elizabeth Snead wrote: “First off, the dress, thankfully not a skirt suit, was sleek and minimal. The hem length was appropriate, but not dumpy. It had a flattering V-neck with three quarter-length sleeves that made Michelleâ€™s broad shoulders and strong arms look less threatening. And the teal blue color coordinated nicely with the blue/violet hues of her daughtersâ€™ outfits.” Amen.
We’re thinking Obama has finally made Pinto, a long-time mainstay in the Windy City design community, a national name in households across the nation. It’s about time that Cynthia Rowley, another Illinois fashion designer who has hit the big time with all her stores, products and books, has gotten a little competition. Can a perfume named Maria be far behind?