HTX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
Naeem Khan's BIg Ball Gowns

Naeem Khan goes big and bold with the best and brightest gowns of fashion week

Naeem Khan goes big and bold with brightest gowns of fashion week

Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan closed his show with a series of colorful ball gowns with big skirts. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 2
Naeem Khan bougainvillea white paisley-embroidered strapless sweetheart gown. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan is dressed for war as he makes his runway bow. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan pink bias-cut satin gown with crystal necklace. Photo by Dan
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 15
Naeem Khan azure blue chevron-stripe organza ball gown. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 25
Naeem Khan silver paillette ball gown. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 11
Naeem Khan sunset ombre beaded jumpsuit. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 31
Naeem Khan bougainvillea gazaar one-shoulder gown with ruffle neckline. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 13
Naeem Khan azure blue chevron stripe gown in silk duponi. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 19
Naeem Khan celadon floral print crepe dress. Photo by Dan Lecca
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 2
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 15
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 25
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 11
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 31
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 13
Naeem Khan spring summer 2016 collection look 19

NEW YORK — Go big or stay home.

That seems to be the mantra of Naeem Khan, whose spring 2016 collection includes a wide array of colorful ball gowns with voluminous skirts that are guaranteed to attract attention.

While many designers are toning down their looks, Khan and Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have veered from the pack with gorgeous entrance-making gowns that are sure to please socialites on the Texas charity circuit. Khan has already attracted a following in the Lone Star State as the heir apparent to Oscar de la Renta in creating the kinds of ornate gowns that Houston woman want to wear to make an impression.

Khan's bright collection — there's hardly a dark-hue look in the entire bunch — is based on the sun-drenched gardens in the south of France, as well as the azure waters of Capri and the soft palette of the French impressionists, the designer said in his program notes. He also imagined the kinds of glamorous clothes that icons of the '50s and '60s like Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy might wear on vacation, updated in a modern way.

He also has current clients who travel the world in mind, with embroidered caftans in designs reminiscent of his native India, sparkly jumpsuits in rainbow colors, fringed cocktail dresses and a paisley-embroidered coat with jeweled cuff over a matching romper that led off his show during New York Fashion Week. Khan's customer likes to dress up even when she dresses down.

But it's the evening gowns that remain the designer's strength. He offers close-to-the-body gowns in bright shades of bougainvillea red, embroidered lemon yellow or bias-cut pink satin with a crystal halter necklace that provides all the jewelry needed. Other gowns are heavily embellished with intricate beading and basket-weave sequins in a multitude of colors.

But the real stars are the breathtaking taffeta and gazaar ball gowns in shades of lilac, yellow, red and pink ombre that closed the show. It's a different silhouette from what Khan normally creates, with gowns that flare out at the waist into full-blown hoop skirts, but it's a look that packs an extra punch.

And the gowns also come with pockets. So practical.