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Naeem Khan Fall 2014: Life is a Cabaret (Runway Review)


The Scene: Naeem Khan's Fall 2014 collection at Lincoln Center.

The Inspiration: Khan said he was inspired by “the sexy, dark world of the cabaret,” and many pieces undeniably recalled a 20s-meets-30s ideal of slinky, Prohibition-era glam. Of course, Khan has also become a highly popular red carpet choice as well as a favorite of Michelle Obama, so even with references in hand, you watch his shows wondering who might wear what in the coming months. Ty Hunter, Beyoncé’s stylist, just happened to be sitting in the front row.  

The Look: Hunter should have found plenty of options for his high-wattage client. Standout pieces included a bronze pleated lame halter gown with scarf-tie neck that breezed down the runway, a half-dozen options in a bold leopard print which also emphasized movement, including a beaded slip gown covered in a flurry of ostrich feathers below the knee and then there were some gorgeous looks featuring a sheer jet honeycomb beading that highlighted Khan’s desire to push the boundaries in needlework this season. You could satiate your inner flapper with more overt references, like the sapphire linear-beaded slip dress with heavy fringe dancing around its hem or a cocktail dress covered in harlequin-like tiers of silver and gold fringe. Meanwhile, Hunter should reserve the amethyst linear-beaded gown with the kimono sleeves, while Mrs. Obama’s team should inquire about a beautiful strapless silk-gazaar gown in a rose and black floral print. Finally, a profusion of three-quarter sleeves meant Khan is aware and respectful of those clients, A-list or otherwise, who don’t wish to go so bare for evening. We can’t all have the First Lady’s arms. 

The Accessories: Christian Louboutin did the sleek T-strap sandals worn by most models. 

The Beauty: Sally Bowles surely inspired the slicked-back hair by Sally Hershberger and a gorgeous red lip by James Boehmer for NARS Cosmetics. 

The Takeaway: A solid outing for Khan, who offered a variety of choices to satisfy both mood — romantic, sexy, glam — as well as more pragmatic considerations, all woven through a showcase of exceptional technique. 

All images: IMAXtree

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