CNN Congressional Correspondent
In her stump speech, Michelle Obama often says that America is not yet where it needs to be. “We are still a nation that’s too divided. We live in isolation and because of that isolation we fear one another,” she explains. She says her husband will help us come together.
Seems she’s ready to help.
In what could be a valiant effort to bridge those divides, Michelle Obama is going where few mortals venture: New York high society.
At two fundraisers tonight she rubs elbows with le tout monde New York – the types whose names are often in print, always in bold. These include hosts Calvin Klein, the fashion designer; Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue; and Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Editor-at-large and darling of the haute couture set. (You’ll often find him in an oversized fur coat surrounded by emaciated celebrities).
Leon Talley recently told the New York Times, regarding Michelle Obama’s look: "A black Camelot moment is the right moment for the Obamas. The faux pearls, the A-line dresses, the Jackie flip are obviously all part of how her image strategy has evolved."
So why not go high society, just like Jackie?
At least in this crowd no one's likely to accuse her of being the elitist in the room.
The evening begins at a not-quite-downtown art gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. According to the gallery’s website, it currently features artworks that are actually video images projected onto walls, all in black and white. The titles are minimalist, like the look, including Gun (2007), Donkey & Lightening (2008) and Frog (2008).
The artist, Burt Barr, is quoted saying, "black & white are the only two colors I'll ever need."
Guests are asked to pay $1000 to mingle with the hosts, Mrs. Obama and, let’s be honest, one another at the gallery cocktail reception.
For a heftier sum, an elite group is invited to Calvin Klein’s private residence for a cozier gathering. It was called for 7:30pm. We’ll have to wait and hear who turns out.
Vogue already named Mrs. Obama a fashion IT girl. So she should have just the thing to wear.
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