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THE MORNING AFTER: Naeem Khan spent much of Wednesday fielding phone calls and e-mails after Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to Tuesday night’s state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Asked about the reaction, Khan said, “You have no idea. It’s fantastic. The thing is my name is already out there. I am not just starting out in life. This enhances what I have worldwide — Indonesia, Japan and the Middle East — not just in America.”
Khan, who has dressed Obama for five public occasions, said, “For her to give designers the liberty to design how we feel is so great. It makes you want to do your best for her. She also has a very conscious feeling about fashion.”
He said the sleeveless, glittery ivory gown she wore this week was designed a few months ago exclusively for the First Lady and was sold — albeit wholesale — to Ikram Goldman. The two style-setters have since parted ways and Obama is said to now have a few people helping her — “no one stylist,” Khan said.