NY Fashion Week Fall 2017 Houston
Naeem Khan's World View

Naeem Khan makes a dramatic fashion statement with a worldwide view

Naeem Khan makes a dramatic fashion statement with a worldwide view

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Naeem Khan metallic threadwork embroidered ball gown. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan short sleeve sequined top with stretch velvet drawstring pants. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan race cut jersey panel gown. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan stretch crepe dress with hand-embroidered floral threadwork. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan multi-layered chiffon gown. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan chiffon panel gown with open sleeves. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
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Naeem Khan one-shoulder double face satin ball gown with panel detail. Photo courtesy of Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 39
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 31
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 26
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 6
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 28
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 24
Naeem Khan fall 2017 collection look 25

Naeem Khan knows how to put on a show. At the end of his fall collection at New York Fashion Week, the designer, a favorite of Houston's social set, sent out a stately model adorned in a dramatic embroidered metallic bridal gown with an ornate headdress. As she moved slowly down the runway, Maya Angelou's poignant poem, Human Family, was read over a loudspeaker.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

It seemed to be a not-subtle commentary about the Trump administration's immigration policy from Khan, an immigrant from India and a U.S. citizen, and it drew wild applause from the audience.

The rest of his collection is not nearly so serious though, as it ranges from upscale athleisure wear — stretch velvet drawstring pants, midriff-baring beaded T-shirts — to full-on sequined ball gowns.

Khan labeled the collection "in the spirit of women I have met and the life I have traveled." He obviously travels in high-flying circles as the luxe line includes elaborated embroidered floral dresses, jackets and matching pants, party dresses dripping in fringe, and his trademark evening gowns, which range from a jersey race-cut number with a bold op-art print to glittery deco designs.

The designer told a reporter backstage that the collection had a world view, with influences from Poland, India, the Middle East, and, in the case of the final look, "a goddess from Spain....It was about diversification, because what makes this world a beautiful place is diversification."

Many looks were accessorized with statement jewelry designed by Khan’s wife, Ranjana Khan.

The collection will be available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony.