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Is Michelle Obama's clutch too pricey for a First Lady? Photo: AFP/Getty Images

High-low style master Michelle Obama is getting some heat for allegedly sporting a pricey clutch during the first family's trip to Russia earlier this week.

The New York Daily News reports that the Italian brand VBH is claiming that Mrs. Obama's clutch -- first glimpsed Monday while the Obamas were strolling with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife -- is its $5,950 black alligator purse. But the White House is denying those claims, saying the bag is actually an $875 patent leather version by a brand they didn't name.

At $5,950 or at $875, that's still a costly purse (and we haven't seen her use it again since she's been in Italy). But is it our business what the First Lady spends on her clutches, Thakoon frocks, Junya Watanabe cardigans, and Lanvin sneakers? What do you think?

Style Evolution: Michelle Obama

    Sunny Skies First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Palazzo del Governo of L'Aquila in L'Aquila, Italy wearing a yellow floral Liz Claiborne cardigan and chartreuse pleated J. Crew skirt. Mrs. Obama completed the look with her signature accessory--a brooch--from Moschino.

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    Michelle Obama is all smiles as she leaves the Colosseum after a private tour of the ancient monument in Rome, Italy. She wears a white cotton silk dress by Narciso Rodriguez.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Rome, Italy with President Barack Obama wearing this yellow Jason Wu sheath with a bright green flower brooch.

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    Pomp and Circumstance Michelle Obama wears a black and white Jason Wu frock and black kitten heels to the graduation ceremony for the National School of Economics at Gostiny Dvor in Moscow.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama takes a stroll in Moscow alongside Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's wife, Svetlana, wearing a white twin set paired with black trousers and a large statement necklace by Dana Lorenz. Luxury goods company VBH allegedly boasts that Michelle is toting their $6,000 black alligator manila bag.


    Peachy Keen Michelle Obama deplaned in Moscow with her family donning this monochromatic ensemble--a Narciso Rodriguez dress, Michael Kors collarless coat, and Sonia Rykiel belt.

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    Bon Voyage! First Lady Obama departs for Moscow in style wearing a floral Talbots dress, paired with a yellow Dear Cashmere cardigan and clear Sonia Rykiel belt.

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    Michelle Obama went for an understated, chic look on Independence Day at the White House in this black and white empire waist Narciso Rodriguez dress and silver flats.

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    Michelle Obama wears a cropped jacket with short kimono sleeves and a silver Givenchy belt for a LGBT Pride Event in Washington, DC. The First Lady donned the same cincher in France for the D-Day anniversary.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the House of Commons in London wearing Hussein Chalayan.

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