Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, was honored at a luncheon hosted by Helen Hilton Raiser and Jennifer Raiser at Neiman Marcus on Thursday, March 10, where a book signing commenced immediately afterward. The book covers an in-depth look at the First Lady’s style evolution from the beginning of the campaign trail to present day.
Betts, who is a contributing editor to TIME Magazine and former editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar, also discusses Michelle Obama’s signature pairing of designer frocks with affordable clothes and accessories, redefining the traditional garb of First Ladies past, and gets the inside scoop about some of the lucky fashion designers who have helped in honing in her style, complete with early sketches depicting some of her most famous fashion choices.
The luncheon included guests such as Anette Harris, John Capizzi, Chandra Friese, Merla Zellerbach, and Elisabeth Lawrence, who were seated along an elegant table draped in white cloth and adorned with simple white china. Lining the center of the long table was a centerpiece perfectly fit for a Spring luncheon. Bright pink flowers served as a welcome burst of color against their blank canvas as they were interspersed along purple ribbon, sitting atop a light green table runner. Guests enjoyed the light fare of salads while they listened attentively to Betts as she shared some of the contents of Everyday Icon with them, including a few full color pictures of Michelle Obama in several different looks over the past couple of years that have helped to establish her signature style.