When he was just 20, Naeem Khan left his native India to apprentice for the legendary Halston in New York. It was 1978, during the height of the disco era, and, while discovering the nightlife in the city that never sleeps, Khan mingled with Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and other pals of the legendary designer.
Khan also learned to master the art of draping and garment construction, which stayed with him when he went out on his own and earned a reputation for creating glamorous eveningwear for his well-heeled clientele, including numerous fans in Houston.
For spring/summer 2017, Khan returned to his roots, opening with a series of Halston-inspired colorblocked gowns in red, navy, black and white that billow in the back. Many of Khan's styles look so striking from a rear view that his team send out photos of the models coming and going.
Khan also features a series of fringe dresses, jumps suits and crocheted gowns in Day-Glo colors of red, yellow and blue that shimmy as the models walked as well as florals — Warhol-esque poppies, daisy appliques and large tropical floral prints. And he showed some lovely satin V-neck gowns with voluminous skirts in red and blue.
Khan also showcased some day pieces, including an off-the-shoulder peasant blouse in a muted floral pattern and an embroidered blouse that ties at the waist. Both could just as easily be worn with jeans or slacks for a more casual outing.
Amid all the streamlined looks was the heavily embellished eveningwear that Khan is known for, including caftans and gowns with threadwork reminiscent of his native homeland.
We're guessing that Halston looked down from fashion heaven at this collection and smiled at his protege.
The collection will be available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony.