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Fashion news: Michelle Obama, holiday sales, New Year's Eve

December 29, 2011 |  9:00 am

Obama family portrait
Tom Ford. Naeem Khan. Vera Wang. Target. What do they have in common? Michelle Obama (who wears a dress from Byron Lars' Beauty Mark line in the photo above). The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the first lady's year in style. [WSJ, subscription required]

What were the best parties of the year? Vogue UK includes the usual awards shows, plus the Met Ball, plus the "street party" surrounding Fashion's Night Out. [Vogue UK]

The end-of-the-year lists just won't stop. has compiled a year in "style crushes," starting with Kourtney Kardashian.

If you're still wondering what to do with your hair on New Year's Eve, The Moment lists a few suggestions. Among them: the ponytail. Earlier this year, Times staff writer Melissa Magsaysay explained how it's done. [L.A. Times]

And, finally, if you continue to fret about the shaky economy and the retail industry, New York Magazine (with an assist from Women's Wear Daily) reports that "American consumers are currently on the verge of breaking the national record for holiday sales." [The Cut]


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--Alice Short

Photo of the Obama family (First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, President Obama and Sasha Obama): Pete Souza/Associated Press