White House fumes at Obama lingerie claims

The White House has hit back at news reports which suggested Michelle Obama had forced the partial closure of one of the world’s busiest shopping districts by embarking on a lingerie buying spree.

A number of newspapers reported that Agent Provocateur’s boutique in Madison Avenue, New York, was closed off to allow the First Lady to splash out more than $50,000 (£32,000) on designer lingerie.

But Kristina Schake, director of communications for First Lady Michelle Obama, said the story was “100 per cent false”, according to the Daily Mail.

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While British-owned Agent Provocateur is said to have enjoyed a spike in sales since the initial reports surfaced, the chain dismissed claims that a recent 12% spike in revenues was down to Obama’s splurge.

“Recent claims regarding Michelle Obama and purchases made at an Agent Provocateur boutique are incorrect,” a spokesperson told the Mail.

“Agent Provocateur never discusses any of its clientele or their purchases.”

Agent Provocateur was founded by the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Joseph Corr, and his then-wife, Serena Rees, almost 20 years ago.

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