August 22 2014

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MAC And Kate Betts Celebrate MObama


The First Lady herself didn’t make a cameo at Milk Studios last night to fête Kate Betts’ new book about the well-dressed political powerhouse, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, but a gaggle of fashion insiders turned up to celebrate the hardback’s release in her stead. Calvin Klein, Rachel Roy, and the evening’s co-hosts, Estée Lauder Group president John Demsey and former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers, all came out to show their support. “I was a year behind [Mrs. Obama] at Princeton and there was no fashion at all when I was there,” Betts, the former Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief, said. But the First Lady did get her first taste of fashion at the Ivy, long before she captivated the world in frocks from Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Alexander McQueen. “I was really surprised to learn [while researching the book] of these aspiring designers at Princeton who were putting on charity fashion shows. Michelle was their runway model,” Betts told us. So, what’s next for the fashion veteran—after her ensuing book tour, that is? “I think I am going to write another book, but I can’t tell you what it’s about yet,” she said. In the interim, Betts is doling out tips for surviving the grueling seven days that lay ahead. “I am the fashion editor who actually eats lunch during fashion week,” she admits. Now there’s a book idea, if we’ve ever heard one.


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