Thakoon has stopped producing the $1,250 “reverse kimono” dress Michelle Obama wore to the Democratic National Convention. The dress is part of Thakoon’s resort collection, which only began arriving in stores this month. Thakoon has made the “reverse kimono” style for more than one season, and it even sold out in 2007 after debuting at Bergdorf Goodman. After Michelle wore it to the DNC, shoppers swiftly dialed boutiques to reserve their own. Designer Thakoon Panichgul said he’d likely bring the style back but not every season.
Michelle purchased her dress in late July — just about a month after the resort-collection shows — from Chicago’s Ikram boutique. The Wall Street Journal reports the store requested it early for a “special client.” So one assumes Michelle picked the dress straight from the runway, just like she did with her Election Night Narciso Rodriguez frock. Does this mean she unwinds by clicking through runway slideshows at the end of a long, hard day? Maybe she really is just like us! Except for that whole part about calling stores, special-ordering things early, and actually being able to purchase them.