Runway Report: Naeem Khan

Latin flair was the name of the game at Naeem Khan’s Spring 2014 collection. From flamenco dancers to Frida Kahlo, Khan drew inspiration from both Spanish and Mexican cultures. Unmistakable Spanish silhouettes, like off the shoulder peasant blouses and dresses, appeared throughout the luxurious evening wear collection. What struck most was the intricateness of the embroidery – in that it wasn’t embroidery in the traditional sense. Khan used lace to embroider, achieved by hand-sewing individually cut pieces to give it a look all his own.

Wildly colored, abstractly striped prints were shown on both a strapless and long-sleeved gown, as well as on a cap sleeved shorter number that grazed the mid-thigh. Continuing the Spanish influence, Khan showed a particular standout in a plunging red and black Spanish rose printed gown. A similar, but more delicate version of the print appeared in red and white, on a bandeau with matching culottes, and open, floor-grazing kimono. Khan, known for his sumptuously embellished evening wear did not disappoint. His use of Chantilly lace – particularly in a white strapless gown with a corseted top – was simply stunning.

Closing the show with the traditional bride clad in white was no coincidence; Khan’s much anticipated bridal line launches next month.

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