Naeem Khan‘s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2016 collection was big – and I’m not just talking about the hair. The New York Fashion Week showing was rich in prints and colors, which showcased the embroidery work in which Khan’s label is grounded. This marks a leaping point for the designer, who plans to pursue a slot for a show in Paris.
“My family has been making embroideries for over 100 years – I’ve all the facilities to do [couture], so why should I not? I think I’ve honed my skills. I’m ready for it.”
And this collection displayed Khan’s family history with the craft, and rectified his claim that his skills are honed. If the Naeem Khan fall 2016 collection is any telling factor, then it is very likely he will show a successful line when he makes it over to Paris. For now, however, his mind is in New York City, where the inspiration of his current collection came from the architecture of the streets and skyline. “Anytime I’m driving by or I’m at somebody’s penthouse apartment, I see these amazing jewel rooftops and I say to myself, ‘They really look like embroideries.'”
With that in mind, the sequins and other embroidery have a much larger impact on the viewer. The resulting patterns are given more meaning, and everything seems a lot more intentional, in turn. The looks were breathtaking, in that they were timeless classics, yet had a modern stamp on it. With so many striking eveningwear looks, it becomes hard not to imagine your favorite celebrities wearing any of these gowns on the red carpet.
There were no lulls in the lineup, as each look carried with it a unique charm and new ideas. Rather than following a cohesive theme throughout the collection, sometimes the looks went in a new direction, almost as if it were a tangent from Khan’s original design plan. Nevertheless, that didn’t distract from each look’s strength and sense of agency. From the first look, the viewer is hooked by the absolute power exuded from the model and the garment itself, and that feeling continued to pulse through the rest of the show.
Some looks were a bit more expected than others, in that they followed Khan’s signature classic beauty theme with lovely embroidery to add interesting textures or patterns, but without these looks the collection would have been lacking. Without the context of the fashion show or the surrounding looks, it would still be easy to point to a gown and say with certainty that Naeem Khan was the creator. These signature pieces are an important cornerstone to each of his collections, and with their continued success on the markets, he must be doing it right! Until the clothes are sold and distributed, we’ll be crossing our fingers in hopes of seeing a great many of these looks gracing our favorite stars come fall.
In the front row was Filipino Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, dressed in one of Khan’s jumpsuits. Actress Willow Shields was beside Wurtzbach in the front row, and is also a follower of Khan. The most prominent guest in attendance, however, was on the stage. 11-year-old Trinity Faith Moran walked the runway with Khan to take his bow. The Make-a-Wish Foundation partnered with Khan to make Moran’s dream of walking down a runway a reality. She walked the runway wearing a bright red gown, matching the shade of the others in the collection, and brought about the perfect end to the stunning show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue