Michelle Obama spent yesterday in New York visiting with the city’s most fashionable citizen’s at a Democratic fundraiser in Donna Karan‘s penthouse on Central Park West. But while designers like Michael Kors and Isaac Mizrahi were willing to wait more than half an hour for a photo with the First Lady, some New Yorkers weren’t so enamored.
According to WWD, New York police had to remove a group of PETA protestors who were carrying “placards complaining about Karan’s use of fur.” Thankfully, Obama herself wasn’t wearing any fur. Instead, she arrived in a dark, grey-ish halter dress paired with a camel coat — both designed by her host. But the star of her ensemble might have been Obama’s choker medallion necklace. (Photos here!)
Though Obama didn’t stay long — she had to head downtown to host a special performance by Patti LaBelle at the St. James Theater with Sarah Jessica Parker — the evening’s guests (including Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman and Nanette Lepore) sung her praises.
“I think she is the perfect trifecta,” Kors told WWD. “She is powerful, human and galvanizing.” Diane von Furstenberg called her “gorgeous and smart” before leaving early to attend a fundraiser for Connecticut senate candidate Richard Blumenthal.
Considering they each paid $10,000 in order to attend, it sounds like they got their money’s worth.