Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Naeem Khan NYFW 2017



In a world of Vetements, Raf and wannabe designers by the truck load, there is a man who stands tall, especially when standing on his beadwork! Naeem Khan is THE master of his oeuvre and by that I mean embellishments on steroids. Between the prints, the patterns, the embroideries and the beads we might just say he is the 21st century incarnation of Bob Mackie which is surely meant as a compliment; the man is all about more is better and in your face clothes.
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Part of what intrigues me about Khan is that the collection, that if dissected, it reveals pieces that more than stand-alone like the leopard patch print raincoat and dress or even the all over floral embroidered dress with matching over the knee boots …. Separate them and there are 4 stellar examples of fabulous. His fringes which have become a signature are of theatricality at its best, the colors as much in your face as the pieces themselves and hell so much of it is so freakin sexy and no … they are not the clothes for women who wish to blend in, they are in fact for those who want to stop a room with an entrance or just sort of travel with you own inner klieg light. 
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The dresses are borderline costume in many ways but they’re are so diametrically opposed to almost everything we see this side of the Atlantic that they become instantly appealing as beacons for workmanship as well as the art and craft of fashion. Khan is far from shy and he is prolific in his output; the clothes require no bah blah blah even though I’m sure they have some underlying inspiration.  YES, these are the clothes that sing out from the rails and scream buy me. How refreshing that you pop them on,  get those lashes on and slide into  your stilettos and you are ready to conquer the world. Well…  no you can’t wear them to the supermarket and not really even to a restaurant but hell they are  good time clothes that almost guarantee the wearer to look and feel beautiful.
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Yes there are clunkers but they are in short supply next to the tsunami of covetable and wearable clothes… oddly enough, some of them might even be considered chic in a flashy kind of way.