Naeem Khan believes in the magic of beautiful clothes. “We all want to feel fabulous,” he said via Zoom from his garment district studio. Khan does have a point, even considering the uncertainty about what the next several months will bring with the election and the pandemic. People are reemerging here in New York. Post-quarantine, Khan has been enjoying intimate gatherings at his home and joining his well-heeled friends for fun alfresco dinners in Manhattan. He is hopeful we’ll all find reasons to get dressed up again, and as a designer he’s ready to help outfit those eager to dive headfirst back into glamour. In fact, Khan noted that his custom business has grown steadily over the last few months, with private clients requesting couture pieces for upcoming weddings and private events, whenever they happen.
And so Khan’s spring 2021 collection isn’t short on dazzle. He revived some of his classic, Halston-esque silhouettes like tunic gowns and body-hugging sequined halter dresses. Other standouts included his ball skirt-jumpsuit-hybrid look, as well as simple, monochrome slip dresses worn with intricate hand-beaded tops and jackets. He stuck to mostly jewel tones, with some leopard prints and sparkly star embroidery mixed in. These, he said, are the clothes “my woman wants from me.”
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