Michelle Obama's "Everyday Icon" style and the other woman behind the clothes
The first lady got an early valentine last week with the publication of "Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style" by Kate Betts. The former Harper's Bazaar editor has written a 256-page love letter with lots of pretty pictures and rapturous prose. "She seemed almost inhumanly at ease, natural, relaxed, spontaneous, as if playing a part she was born to play," Betts writes of Obama at the inaugural balls.
The fashion tome replays the first lady's greatest sartorial hits (inauguration, state dinners, foreign trips) and praises her mix of designer and less-expensive off-the-rack pieces -- you know, just like normal women! And, no, Betts doesn't find a single fashion miss.
The person most responsible for Obama's look: Chicago boutique owner Ikram Goldman, the first lady's style "consigliere," who ordered up the Jason Wu inaugural gown and a number of other designer ensembles.
"Having a retailer broker her wardrobe choices also threw a proverbial veil over the unavoidable question of how much all these clothes would cost and who, ultimately, was paying for them," Betts writes. "Presumably, Ikram would pay the designers, and the First Lady would pay Ikram. The arrangement allowed not only for privacy but also meant, potentially, that some of the more expensive pieces could be purchased at cost -- substantially less than the retail price."
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| February 13, 2011; 11:00 PM ET
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