Kate Betts’ Big Adventure

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The night before MAC + Milk Studios kicked into high gear for fashion week, it played host to a party in honor of our most talked about fashion icon du jour: Michelle Obama  Former White House secretary/style icon Desiree Rogers and Estee Lauder group president John Demsey hosted a bevy of fashion folk for the launch of Kate Betts’ tome “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.” Clearly undaunted by the eight day fashion week marathon ahead of them, guests like Rachel Roy (a favorite designer of the First Lady), Calvin Klein, Sophie Theallet, Cary Neer, Dr. Lisa Airan, Fabiola Beracasa, and MAC creative director James Gager mingled against a backdrop of sketches and glossy photos from the book.

Two days later, Tod’s and media maven Tina Brown held court in the backroom of Bergdorf Goodman for an intimate luncheon in honor of Kate Betts’ ode to Mrs. Obama.  A group of 30 or so of the author’s friends and fabulous fans took a break from the gamut of shows and sought solace from the frigid temperatures by turning BG into a mini-salon for the afternoon.  Notables included Samantha Boardman, Tory Burch, Maggie Betts, Marina Rust, Linda Fargo, Aerin Lauder, Alexandra Lebenthal, Amanda Ross, Iman, Veronica Webb, and Deeda Blair (who stopped by on her way to D.C. for a Smithsonian fashion and First Lady retrospective that evening) helped themselves to a cocktail – or deux – and tucked into a three-course lunch, after which Tina introduced Kate, who read a short exerpt from her book. It was only appropo that a classic and elegant brand like Tod’s – who has dressed other style stars like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn who are featured in the book – played host for the afternoon. “For me, Tod’s is an iconic Italian brand but it’s also everyday – accessible, stylish, and sometimes surprising, like the First Lady,” Betts told AVENUEinsider.


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