Naeem Khan Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — An Elemental Beauty

For Spring 2013, Naeem Khan drew inspiration form a myriad of sources this season: exotic gardens, fiery skies, and the Arabian Sea. “The focus of this collection is drawn from elemental beauty and cultural landscapes: the intricacy of Moroccan Art, geometric patterns, and delicate metalwork, as well as floral imagery, burning desert sunsets and crashing surf. These concepts were literally and figuratively translated into prints, beading, threadwork, and laser-cut leather designs.” SBTRKT’s “Right Thing to Do” provided the runway soundtrack as Naeem unveiled 43 of the week’s most
elegant looks



The favored silhouette was what Mr. Khan does best—sheath dresses, cocktail frocks, flowing caftans, and dramatic evening gowns; even when he did present a handful of pants, they were glamorously beaded or embroidered with a sateen finish. The collection worked predominantly with neutrals black, white, navy, café, nude, and a sepia tone before exploding into the more vivid red, coral, orange, and marigold. Naeem Khan has a brilliant hand; he is celebrated for his exquisite embroideries and appliqués, but this season his use of prints (rose, wave, sunflower, palm frond, and sunset) gave the collection an enhanced textural element.




My favorite looks from the Naeem Khan Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black and white rose print organza off-the-shoulder cocktail dress; the navy and white raffia embroidered bias-cut satin dress with circle skirt; the blue multi wave print dupioni shift dress; the sepia sunflower print bias-cut organza shirt gown; the black georgette column gown with jet beaded bodice; the nude floral beaded dolman sleeve gown; the café palm frond embroidered satin sheath dress; the red threadwork embroidered and beaded v-neck cocoon gown; and the marigold gazar ball gown with white beaded bodice.




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