A New Look for Michelle Obama?

Word on the D.C. streets is that the first lady has replaced her “unofficial stylist.”

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Ikram Goldman, the Chicago retailer who has served as Michelle Obama's unofficial stylist, may have been replaced by White House aide Meredith Koop.

The Huffington Post reports:

Mrs. O blog has the most detailed account of all -- in a post late last month, Mary Tomer wrote:

"Mrs. Obama's repertoire of designers has expanded drastically in recent months, to include new names such Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Roksanda Ilincic, and even vintage Norman Norell. A diverse wardrobe is growing more diverse, and fast. Ikram Goldman has been known to source clothing for the First Lady from designers not always carried in her boutique, but Chicago is a fashion market of 'exclusives,' and it's unlikely that Ms. Goldman would secure pieces from designers carried by her competitors." 

For example, Blake, another high-end store in Chicago, carries Dries Van Noten and Roksanda Ilincic. These designers are not stocked at Ikram. Which raises the question: if not Ikram, who secured pieces from these designers for the First Lady?

One answer might be 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.

Not that anyone asked, but if it's true that Meredith has been behind some of Michelle's recent stunning looks, the transition is all right with us.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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