Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Decadence & Dust

The past few seasons have ushered in a myriad of print-workings and pattern-play as designers breathe new life has into the seemingly familiar with digitization, abstract, and pixilated imagery. This season Naeem Khan delivered his
interpretation while giving us a new insight to Indian culture; specifically the body art concept known as Talikas. According to the liner notes, using the body as a human canvas, ash and other colored pigments were drawn in elaborate motifs from daubs and dashes to intricate swirls, signifying one’s marital status. With 39 new looks for
Autumn-Winter, the embroidered metallic threadwork, geometric felt appliqués, mirrored crystal beading, swirl-dot, fan-dot, and rose-swirl prints embodied this tattoo-effect beautifully.



A predominantly neutral palette of black and white with touches of taupe, olive, silver, and gold allowed the gorgeous handwork and detailing to shine through. Naeem Khan is a longtime red-carpet favorite and these
stunning gowns are bound to make several appearances this coming awards season. With so many gorgeous options, Hollywood starlets will certainly be clamoring for these looks directly off the runway, especially the hand-painted swirl-dot gown with beaded bodice and the fan-dot one-shoulder gown. And for those of us who are neither nominated nor presenting, there are gorgeous appliquéd capes paired with cigarette pants and beaded caftans.



The runway soundtrack veered towards the classic rock set including “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin, “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones, “Get it on Bang-a-Gong” by T.Rex, and “All the Young Dudes” by David Bowie. Laurent Phillippon for Bumble & Bumble created a soft center part and pulled the hair off the face into an elegant chignon. NARS Global Artistry Director James Boehmer kept the complexion soft and dewy with a subtle cat-eye, a gentle flush of blush (probably cult-favorite, orgasm), and finished off the face with a peachy-nude lip.



My favorite looks from the Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black, silver, and gold paisley metallic-threadwork embroidered evening coat in silk faille; the black and silver paisley metallic-beaded caftan in silk georgette; the black, ivory, and silver beaded gown with a black beaded ostrich-feather skirt; the taupe and sand geometric felt-appliquéd jacket in silk faille over brown coque-feather bell skirt; the black and sand abstract felt-appliquéd cape in silk faille with mirrored crystal beading over black satin cigarette pant and tank; the black stretch-scuba dress with illusion sleeve and antiqued mirrored beading; and the black and white hand-painted swirl-dot gown in basket
weave silk with floral jet-beaded bodice.


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