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Michelle Obama honored self-taught designer Thom Browne with Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in the fashion design category at the White House on Friday. And Browne, who succeeds 2011 recipient J. Mendel, gave the love right back. "It is so nice that [Obama] sees her role and importance and actually helps American designers, especially young designers,” he told WWD. Good vibes aside, we are willing to bet Browne was the only man at the White House wearing cropped suit pants and no socks. [WWD, sub req'd]