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April 18 2014

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Checking In With Ikram Goldman, Michelle Obama’s Go-To Gal

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Ikram Goldman, the Chicago boutique owner whose role as Michelle Obama’s wardrobe consultant has made her one of the fashion world’s biggest influencers, is an elusive figure. She doesn’t trot around the fashion circuit and rarely give interviews. But she’s in New York until Sunday, buying pre-collections, and opened up to us a bit at last night’s Prospect Park Summer Soiree (click here for a slideshow from the party). “I always love what I see in pre-collections because I think they have a much longer shelf life, and it’s good for us,” Goldman said. It’s not the same as seeing shows, she added. “For me right now, this is pure business. It’s more about buying things that I know are going to be fillers for every piece, whether it’s from Gaultier or Moschino or Viktor & Rolf or McQueen.” Goldman was mum on how her itinerary this week might affect what her number-one client wears in coming months, but she did say what she liked: “I thought McQueen had beautiful dresses this season. In terms of really pretty finds and jewelry and things like that, I’d have to say Erickson Beamon did some really fun pieces. And I always love the Prova collections from Irini Arakas.” And MObama favorites Jason Wu (“we keep in touch all the time”) and Thakoon (“probably my favorite collection that I’ve seen so far, in terms of ready-to-wear, for pre-collections”) are both still very high on her list. She’d also spotted a trend. “I’m seeing a lot of biker jackets. Whether they’re laser-cut or leather or knit, a lot of biker jackets,” Goldman noted. The obvious question: What are the chances we’ll see the First Lady in one? “No comment.”

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

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