Woman about town and filmmaker Maggie Betts has been on our radar for years now. The daughter of New York's Chelsea Piers real estate developer Roland Betts and wife Lois, Betts has become the embodiment of today's modern socialite. Instead of simply preoccupying herself with star-studded events and exclusive dinners, Betts utilizes her high-society standing to bring attention to a number of causes dear to her heart.
The Princeton grad has taken on the fight against AIDS in Africa and has worked on documenting the struggle pregnant women in Zambia must go through to protect their unborn children from the disease.
While we commend Betts for her tireless activism, it's hard not to notice her impeccable style and passion for fashion. Betts possesses model good looks, a slim frame that looks great in most silhouettes, and a closet full of runway-ready clothes to match. She is often spotted coiffed simply in her signature long and straight 'do with a middle part. Nevertheless, when it comes to her clothes, Betts proves to be way more adventurous.
That's not to say that you'll catch Betts in over-the-top ensembles. While the native New Yorker can execute edgy, sexy, bohemian and classic without missing a beat, Betts stays firmly planted in the less-is-more style credo. Betts is a big fan of long gowns with eye-catching details, prints and interesting textures for the many philanthropic events she attends on a regular with BFF Barbara Bush (Betts' father is very close friends with President Bush). We also love when Betts goes for a sexier and body-hugging look in her favorite Herve Leger frocks.
The sometime muse to close friend and fashion's new star designer, Prabal Gurung, Betts tends to gravitate toward darker hues like black, wine and navy, and keeps her focus on experimenting with eclectic ways in which to style her pieces.
If you aren't versed in Maggie Betts chic personal style, take a look at her fashionable wardrobe to understand why we're such big fans.
Closet envy indeed! Usually mingling among the ladies who lunch and various socialites, I became aware of Maggie Betts a couple of years ago as I looked through the pages of the New York Social Diary. Initially, I was captivated by her parents "love story," which lead to my discovering Maggie. It's refreshing to know that there's more to her than just the "socialite title."