'This season, I wanted to focus on glamour!' That was the declaration backstage from designer extraordinaire, Naeem Khan. It would appear that last season's Rose Princess Mehrunissa, has blossomed into a full-fledged Queen. Mr. Khan, who designed the titanium gowns which appeared in the grand finale of the eight-time Academy Award® nominated film Dreamgirls, said that after working with Beyonce Knowles, he felt inspired to make 'beautiful, glamorous clothes for the season.' And boy did he ever! Naeem Khan's Fall 2007 Collection is the personification of glamour!
'Glamorous cocktail dresses, glamorous gowns, it's about glamour! I tried to keep it tight, it's a small collection of 32 pieces, EVERY piece is special!' the mastery tailor enthused. He treats every design as a piece of art. When I asked the impossible question, if he could choose [just one] favorite, Mr. Khan replied, 'I don't pick favorites, it's like having five children. How do you say one is more musically inclined or another one is a scientist?'
Backstage, the former Halston apprentice showed me just how every one of his modern-day masterpieces has its own specialty. I noted the predominance of gold and silver this season. The designer concurred, 'There is so much metallic this season, but what I've done is understated metallic.' He has also employed a stronger, richer color palette for the new season. 'For fall, darker is the way to go, I felt like I'm tired of brown. I still love black because a lot of my customers prefer it for engagements, parties' but instead of brown, I've chosen an oxblood red, which is a very, very dark red.'
The ever-gracious Mr. Khan treated me to a private pre-presentation perusal, highlighting silhouette and design details. First, he showed me how he's manipulated his chosen organzas to pick up the light with delicate pleats and hand-stitching. 'This season, we have an equal demand of short and long, I did feel keeping the short for cocktail dresses is going to be strong this season in different forms, closer to the body.' One of the most exquisite pieces in the collection was a Venetian glass dress, with hand-cut teardrop mirrors. Another stunning creation was a cocktail dress with a patent leather baroque-inspired pattern appliqued on organza by hand. The designer explained his labor of love process' treatments applied one by one, single-needed sewing, borders and trims' These dresses took thousands of hours to fabricate, with a team of 700 hundred people working to create this beautiful collection, the level of detail is what makes every design so very special.
As DJ Donna D' Cruz spun a medley of pre-show beats' 'Cherchez la Femme' by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Attraction's 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' and 'Celebration' by Kool & The Gang, to name a few' I thought, 'Ah this is when I get my revenge.' When my friends back home in California brag about soaring temperatures and sunbathing in the winter, I nod and smile politely, with a quick chortle. 'Yes, and I am covering Fashion Week, or I just met designer XYZ or I'm attending an intimate lecture with this bigwig editor, or I've just been confirmed to that chichi invitation-only gala! Who needs sunshine and moderate climates when I have such infinite sources of inspiration to quench and quell my incessant passion for fashion?'
Naeem Khan has an impressive clientele of celebrities and socialites. And while he's already dressing some of the world's most fashionable women, he sent a series of breathtaking cocktail dresses and gowns down the runway that is sure to inspire an onslaught of 'ooh's and ah's' from continent to continent, giving rise to his growing list of devotees! The designer has become known for his impeccable tailoring and attention to detail with embroideries, paillettes, and beads to boot! Some of the most distinctive looks from Naeem Khan's luxurious collection that will have his legion of dreamgirls glittering, sparkling, and dazzling this season were: a black silk organza opera coat with patent leather applique black seamed halter dress; the bordeaux silk twill strapless gown with a trumpet skirt; a plum bias-cut silk charmeuse empire gown with a smoked topaz and garnet crystal necklace; the mercury paillette wrap-front gown with a Ă‚sleeve; a black and mercury duchess satin hand-cut mirrored-crystal evening jacket with a black silk charmeuse gown; and the mercury silk organza pleated-ribbon gown with a hand-cut mirrored crystal bodice.
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