Cathy Horyn reported recently that she had heard that Ikram Goldman, owner of the Ikram boutique in Chicago, is no longer Michelle Obama's unofficial stylist. Mary Tomer, who authors the Mrs. O blog about the first lady's clothes, suspects Michelle is now taking fashion advice from little known White House aide Meredith Koop.
In April 2010, Politico.com ran a short, unnoticed piece on Mrs. Obama's "secret style weapon." Koop is a 28-year-old White House aide rumored to play a "pivotal role" in the First Lady's style. At this point, little else is known about her position. But why the move away from Ikram? Logistics and location are one possibility. It may simply be more convenient to have someone Washington-based at the helm of Mrs. Obama's complex wardrobe. Robin Givhan offered another possible hint with this November 2009 tweet: "Ikram in DC 'selling Michelle dresses she can't afford.' so sayeth a source."
Tomer suspects Koop is responsible for the recent spate of new designer additions to her wardrobe, including Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Roksanda Ilincic, and vintage Norman Norell. Koop stays out of the public eye, and the White House would only tell Politico that she's Michelle's personal assistant. So if she is manning the FLOTUS clothing bank, good for her. While Michelle looks great in pretty much anything, it sounds like one of the most stressful jobs in the world. Like being Kate Middleton.