Naeem Khan’s Gown-Beading Secret Weapon? Surgical NeedlesFeb 12, 2014 @ 1:45 pm
Inspired by the sexy, dark world of the cabaret, Naeem Khan‘s fall/winter 2014 show brought elements of the boudoir to the runway with soft floral patterns, geometric honeycomb embroidery, and leopard prints. The metallic tones and deep colors stood out on the runway, combining intricate techniques with the decadent life of showgirls from a past era. “We took the sex from Cabaret, but kept the silhouettes very elegant,” Khan tells InStyle of his collection. ”There’s a lot of razzmatazz.”
The beauty of the clothes was found most in the details, which utilized handmade, textured fabrics, leopard spots created entirely of stacked sequins, and intricate beading that appeared in Deco lines of gold and black as well as silver-and-gold chevron stripes of flapper-like fringe. ”The beads on the gold dress (pictured above, right) are so tiny that they have to be sewn on by surgical needles. This allows them to mold and contour to the shape of your body,” the designer states. Khan loves couture techniques, which clearly came through in this red carpet-ready collection.
To see more of Naeem Khan’s dazzling designs, browse through our gallery of celebrities wearing his looks.