Before The Show: Even though I had a fabulous seat assignment for the Naeem Khan show, I arrived early and I was right to do so. Naeem Khan’s presentation was one of the last two shows at Bryant Park and everyone wanted to make sure they were front and center for the designer’s presentation. It also gave me time to mix and mingle among the crowd, where I had a chance to meet Colin Cowie, Anika Noni Rose, June Ambrose (who looked dressed to thrill for the occasion – see photo) and a few other people who strolled in. Editors abounded and when Brooke Shields strolled in to take her seat, we knew the show was going to get off to a great start.
The Collection: This collection was high voltage from the very first look. Naeem went for high gloss, high glamour with a gilded collection awash in luxe embroidery, fur, beading and sequin embellishment, feathers – the man pulled out all the stops. Each look that came stalking down the runway drew larger and larger gasps from the crowd.
Set to a soundtrack of classic rock from everything from The Rolling Stones to Def Leppard to Guns n’ Roses, this fashion show turned the crowd upside-down. Let me be honest here: the fashion crowd are a tad jaded and you’re told never to smile or show a facial expression during a show but when you looked around the room, feet were tapping, people were smiling and editors were actually gasping. If you’re in need of a red carpet look or any piece for full-on paparazzi-exploding glitz, Naeem Khan’s collection is definitely where it’s at. I’m calling it now: expect to see many of these pieces on the red carpet come fall.
Trend Spotting: Gold and black, fur embellishment, full-on sequin and beading embellishment. It’s what he does so well and this collection was bar none.
Overall Impression: Well, you can view the finale walk yourself. He’s the first designer I watched receive a standing ovation at the end of the presentation. This show and its collection were in my top three of the week. Bravo, Naeem!