Michelle Obama’s Fashion Declaration of Independence

The former first lady dressed with a new sense of freedom on her book tour.

When is a book tour not just a book tour? When it is a platform for the refashioning, literally, of a major public figure — when it is a way for someone whose image at one stage of her life has been memorialized for posterity to signal that it is time to move on.

That she, for one, already has.

So it seems in the case of Michelle Obama, at least judging by the image-making on view during her sea-to-shining sea promotional junket for “The Light We Carry,” which came to a close this week. That something

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