03/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Maria Pinto Unveils Fall 2009 Collection

"Strike while the iron is hot" might well have been the driving force behind the strong, chic collection that Chicago designer Maria Pinto brought to New York on Friday for appointments. Michelle Obama's first go-to fashion person, Pinto enjoyed a boost during Barack Obama¹s campaign. "She's been a fabulous part of my life," Pinto said of her longtime client, who has recently opted for other young designers, notably for the inauguration.

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