naeem khan spring 2011 ready-to-wear review

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Naeem Khan
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NEW YORK, September 16, 2010
By Alison Baenen
Roberto Cavalli, are you sitting down? Naeem Khan dove into tropical waters for Spring, focusing almost exclusively on eveningwear options for the Palm Beach-to-Cannes set, with a big splash of Saint-Tropez party gear thrown in, too. And while there were no animal prints on the loose—Khan continued with the floral-inspired treatments he debuted at Resort—there were beaded shoes, sparkling caftans, and door-knocker necklaces designed by his wife, Ranjana. The caftans and chunky turquoise lent a seventies vibe to the affair; the fabulous excess called to mind a certain Italian.

It was an over-the-top embellishment celebration, a melee of colors, and hardly any dresses that screamed “Michelle!” Come to think of it, a strapless yellow crepe to-the-floor gown with jet black embroidery would look stunning on the First Lady, but a one-sleeve, slit-to-the-hip, allover sequin number in fuchsia and turquoise would have the Huffington Post crowd in a tizzy. Relatively subdued by comparison was a painterly print in mottled grays and white on a one-shouldered organza gown with a full, sweeping skirt. Take away the embroidered belt and pendant necklace and you might have something to wear north of the Mason-Dixon line. Stunning enough to wear anywhere (with a VIP room) was a fitted, drop-waist sheath embroidered with white flowers and a skirt made of ostrich feathers. Even next to so many other jaw-droppers, it had a lingering glamour that was compelling.