We all know and love her as the owner of the chicest cherry red boutique in town and the woman who dressed First Lady Michelle Obama. During fashion weeks across the globe, Ikram (Goldman) is a force to be reckoned with. She has an eye that can make or break a new (or established) designer and is one of the biggest, smartest buyers in the industry. But for Paris Fashion Week, she became known for something else--her singing!
At the venue L'Olympia and in front of a crowd of nearly 2000, Ikram had a guest spot with longtime friends, Pink Martini, an eclectic jazz/Latin lounge act from Portland, Oregon, that has a global following. During her five minute performance she sang a song ("Girl from Shallabiya") from her favorite singer, Fairuz, a Lebanese star who Ikram had listened to as a child and who, she said, shares a positive, uplifting message of hope (something, I might add, that Ikram does herself).
After her triumph onstage and a few tears, she continued to sing backup vocals for the rest of the performance and, as always when Ikram is on a stage, she invites all of her friends to join her.
Ikram said, "It was an amazing dream come true." And she must've enjoyed the experience, because her next gigs with the group will be on October 22 at Royal Albert Hall in London and at the Hollywood Bowl this New Year's Eve! You go girl!
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