BIing!

Michelle Obama borrowed three very nice bracelets for Monday’s DNC fundraiser in New York (h/t Silvio),

If you’ve been saving your nickels and dimes, the cuffs are available locally at Judith Ann Jewels. The First Lady wore Katie’s Lotus cuff priced at $15,000 with 2.9 carats of diamonds, her Gothic cuff at $15,350 with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 with 1.73 carats in diamonds.

The news is making a stir, considering the recent rumblings of class warfare; even NYC’s own mayor Bloomberg was saying there’ll be rioting on the streets. However the First Lady chose bracelets designed by Houston-based Texas A&M graduate Katie Decker, who will probably be able to hire more people, as Texas leads the nation on job creation:

The Lone Star State added 84,900 jobs in the field of professional and business services between the midpoints of 2006 and 2011.

That’s the kind of stimulus I favor.

DIfferent stimulus in fashion news comes from Paris, where Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández was strongly supporting the hotel and shoe industries:

Cristina Fernández and her daughter stayed at the luxurious “George V Hotel” ($1,500-$12,500 a night) in Paris during an official visit to France ahead of flying to New York for the United Nations General Assembly today.

Those of us who follow these stories may recall that terrorist Yasser Arafat’s widow lived at the 5-star Georges V for many years.

But I digress.

Before her meetings with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and other French officials, Cristina had the “George V Hotel’s Personal Shoppers” bring her several purses and pairs of shoes which she tried on in the comfort of her suite.

In addition to Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès Birkin and Kelly bag purses, the Argentine president purchased 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, at approximately $5,500 a pair.

You must be in Paris to get those. Here in the USA us plebes have to settle for the cheap Louboutins at Saks’s shoe department, all with the sought-after red sole,

The pair above retails for US$895, and certainly would be most appropriate for UN conclaves, even when you ought to miss the Durban III part where Ahmadinejad and Mugabe beat up on Israel.

For the budget-minded, I must admit that I own a pair of red-soled shoes,

Sharp-looking, but didn’t cost anywhere near Louboutin’s.

Ironically, they were made in Argentina.

Linked by The Other McCain. Thanks!

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