As we’ve no doubt discussed previously, I am a woman who loves a good gown. As a childhood fan of Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest and all other nighttime soaps (does anyone remember Hotel?), I grew up on a regular dose of healthy glamour that I still try and replicate to this day. People, Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter is one of my favorite characters of ALL TIME. I think black tie should be mandatory for regular people outside the prom, I believe that mirrored surfaces should be everywhere fabulous people sit, and I long for the days when someone will walk in, throw down a floor-length glamorous coat and demand a glass of champagne. As Robin Leach famously stated, I wish for a life of “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”
Which is one of the reasons I never, NEVER miss red carpet guru Naeem Khan’s show. Always my last show of New York Fashion Week for four seasons and counting, I live to see what the master designer will do next, what jaw-dropping creation he’ll throw out there. Naeem’s shows are a party, set to a loud soundtrack and filled with people who just want to marvel at the cocktail creations and awe-inspiring gowns he’ll put forth. For the time that he commands The Theatre tent on the last night of Fashion Week, Naeem Khan’s show is the hottest spot in New York City, filled with a hot crowd, amazing music and a wish list of beautiful creations any woman would be thrilled to own.
For his Spring 2012 Collection, Naeem did something that I appreciate whole-heartedly – he gave us nighttime glamour from start to finish and it was nothing short of spectacular. From the first gown to the last, Khan went to the red carpet and STAYED THERE, delivering a multitude of options in rich, inspiring hues that will simply delight his clients who have red carpets, press junkets, award shows, charity balls, film festivals and the like. Reportedly, some of the pieces took 600 pairs of hands to make. Citing Ava Gardner and famed Hollywood costume designer Edith Head as his inspirations, the black marble runway was awash in details that simply sent the audience in applause at the end: sunburst beading, intricate floral embroidery and beading, sequins that seems to melt into the body, a cracked ice effect from “scratched feather beading.” From cocktail options to one-shoulder jumpsuits to column gowns and back, Khan’s gowns are the things that dreams are made of and I personally didn’t want to wake up from his Spring collection.
Even if you’re not dripping in diamonds and ready to walk the red carpet, I urge you to add a touch of Khan’s joie de vivre into your wardrobe with his line for HSN, TIMELESS by Naeem Khan. From the ballroom to your high school reunion or that perfect night on the town, Khan’s breathtaking creations will add just that right touch of dynastic glamour to your life.
And, hey, if you want to throw your coat on the floor and demand a glass of champagne, go right ahead. That’s me in the corner, cheering you on, glamour girl.