Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Naeem Khan F/W 2012: "The Body as a Canvas"

Experiencing a Naeem Khan show to say the least is magical; after 3 seasons of press covering Naeem Khan one must say that the magic is still alive along with opulence, glamour, and jaw-dropping intricate beadings and embroideries that keeps one’s eyes glued to the runway. From fashion’s elites such as Fern Mallis, Robert Verdi, and Phillip Bloch, to celebrities such as Padma Lakshmi, Matt Damon, and Holly Robinson-Peete were all in attendance for Naeem Khan’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway show.

F/W 2012 is inspired by “the decadence and dust of India,” and the notion that the ‘body’ is a medium of art and religious expression. Naeem Khan drew inspirations from India’s culture to reflect in the collection in the forms of metallic embroidery details, swirl metal beadings, with precious jewel trims set in silver and gold threading. Khan modernized ancient artistry to create body flattering, luxurious dresses and ready to wear pieces for today’s woman.

Each season I always look, and sometimes expect a beautifully executed caftan that only Naeem Khan can produce; this season was certainly no different from the once past. F/W 2012 “black and white striped georgette caftan with beaded lace edging,” exceeded all my expectations! Along with the caftan several other pieces were exceptional, such as the “black heart swirl jet beaded l/s cocktail dress with fringed hem,” and the pieces with trimmed in ostrich feathers were simply captivating.
As stunning as Naeem Khan’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is and his success in previous collections, it was long overdue that Mercedes Benz and IMG honored such a fashion genius. As fashion recognizes Naeem Khan’s beautiful artistry and invaluable contribution to the fashion industry, one marvels at the thought of what’s next for Naeem Khan and what amazing work will he unveil for Spring/Summer 2013.


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