Naeem Khan devoted his Fall 2016 collection to the craft of couture embroidery. Backstage, he noted “My family has been making embroideries for over 100 years—I’ve all the facilities to do it, so why should I not? I think I’ve honed my skills. I’m ready for it.” Taking inspiration from the architecture of Art Deco in NYC, the collection is a fascinating juxtaposition between intricate pattern and structure.

Naeem Khan - Photo Marcus Tondo - Indigital4On my last visit to New York City, I fell in love with some of the old Art Deco era buildings with stylized details in starbursts, chevrons, metal work, and step back towers with arch work. The New York City skyline with those beautiful towers and rooftops served as Khan’s muse.Naeem Khan - Photo Marcus Tondo - Indigital17The show started with some incredibly intricate embroidery patterns, that felt a bit busy due to the competing hues of red and blue layered throughout each dress. But then the color palette muted down to mostly black, white and grey, and in came the stunning sequin looks that mimicked the glittering sun on the buildings’ facades.

Flapper style fringe tiers create incredible movement on some of the looks in sheer shimmering silver. Khan took a departure from the sheer floral embroidery trend for a more sleek, Greco-Egyptian pattern of animal wings and plant leaves over a honeycomb mesh.

Then came the vibrant red gowns, with velvet appliques over black sheer, brocade, and stunning tier tulle gowns. There were also many gold and silver shimmering gowns, all in Art Deco patterns, and all Naeem Khan level gorgeous. This guy has the Midas touch.


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