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Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Modern Opulence

By Lisa Martinez

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With overlapping dual inspirations, Naeem Khan who is celebrated for his couturier design details and hand embroidery referenced illustrations from 1920’s Erté and the Byzantine Empire for his Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection. Naeem Khan is synonymous with grandeur; his intricate designs appeal to those who require the überluxe. More than a red carpet mainstay, Mr. Khan has not only dressed Hollywood royalty, his clientele also includes royal families.



Celebrated for his exceptional beadwork and stunning gowns, the Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection continued to deliver on that promise of luxury with a bevy of gowns in variations of trumpet, column, halter, racer, slip, strapless, one-shoulder, bateau neck, and petal; in fact, only 7 of the 47 looks featured trousers. Fabrications were as luxurious as one might expect from a designer of Naeem Khan’s caliber, with frocks of tulle, organza, gazar, Chantilly lace, jacquard, dupioni, georgette, panné velvet, and metallic lace. The palette was in keeping with an elegant sophisticate in hues of black, white, silver, gold, gunmetal, blush, and peacock. Perhaps channeling Josephine Baker or Daisy Buchanan, the art deco beading here was precisely divine from the crystal beaded, beaded starburst, swirl embroidered, ottoman embroidered, swag beaded, floral beaded, and silver wave beaded the gala-worthy gowns seemed ripe for the picking whether for a packed social calendar or one special night!



The runway soundtrack added to the presentation’s opulently modern mood with the Chromatics’ “Lady,” The XX’s “VCR,” Ultraista’s “Small Talk,” and Little Dragon’s “Ritual Union”—it was as if we’d been transported to a secret hideaway VIP lounge, with the most exquisitely dressed women in the world.


Nars Director of Global Artistry, James Boehmer, said of the beauty direction, “The look is really all about 1920’s so the hair is very finger-waved and it’s about a very 1920’s eyebrow so we’re spending time making the skin look really luminous, really glowy and then all of the focus is on the brow so we’re starting with the brow pencil and then layering with a brow shadow, sort of exaggerating the brow out towards the edge of the eye and then lots of mascara top and bottom—pretty simple, all eyes and eyebrows.”



My favorite looks from the Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black double gazar cocktail dress with crystal beaded collar; the black-double gazar waist length jacket with crystal beaded edging over Chantilly lace halter and wool crepe tuxedo trouser; the black/silver-swag beaded racer cut gown in tulle; the black-deco beaded draped matte jersey caftan with dolman sleeve; the black/gold beaded starburst cocktail dress in faille with deep v-back; the gunmetal lace column gown; the blush draped chiffon tulip gown with metallic waist; and the silver/nude crystal beaded slip gown.



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Published on Sep 03, 2013

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