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    Designers Weigh In: Michelle Obama, or Carla Bruni?

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    Designers Weigh In: Michelle Obama, or Carla Bruni?
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    Maria Cornejo was born in Chile and opened her store and atelier Zero in Nolita in 1998. In 2006, she opened a second store, in the meatpacking district, and last year moved her flagship store to Bleecker Street. She opens her first store in Los Angeles this fall. Her clothing line, Zero + Maria Cornejo, is sold around the world, from Dover Street Market, in London, to Tsum, in Moscow. In 2006, she received a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.Naeem Khan was born in India and launched his eponymous fashion line in 2003. His designs are sold in more than a hundred stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, and have appeared in the films "Sex and the City" and "Dreamgirls." Last year, he designed the dress that Michelle Obama wore for her first official state dinner.Phillip Lim was born in Thailand to Chinese parents and moved with his family to Southern California as a child. After working for the designer Katayone Adeli, he co-founded the label Development, on the West Coast. In 2005, he débuted his brand, 3.1 phillip lim, in New York. He is the recipient of, among other awards, the Fashion Group International's 2006 Rising Star Award for Women's Apparel and the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award in Womenswear.David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were born in England and are the owners and creative directors of rag & bone, which was founded in 2002. The company's menswear line débuted in the spring of 2004 and was followed by a women's collection in 2005. In 2007, they received the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear. This year, they were named Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA. They operate two flagship stores, men's and women's, on Christopher Street, as well as shops on Mercer Street and Elizabeth Street.Judith Thurman writes about fashion, books, and other subjects for The New Yorker. She is the author of the biographies "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette" and "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller." "Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire," a collection of her New Yorker pieces, came out in 2007.