Naeem Khan is known for his runway stunners, elaborate gowns with intricate stitches and hand-finished touches. Now he’s taking that same approach and washing it in whites and ivories for his first-ever bridal collection, which he debuted in New York this month. “I’ve been doing bridal, but very high-end exclusive pieces,” he told InStyle.com, mentioning his current project, a $250,000 custom dress for the King of Saudi Arabia’s granddaughter’s wedding. “Now, I’m making it available to the people.” His foray into the bridal market featured 25 gowns, which each took hundreds of hours to complete by hand. Every design was named after a city, as Khan was inspired by “where the modern bride is saying her vows.” With its art deco beading, the New York gown evoked a quiet image of the Chrysler Building, while the silver and crystal covered organza Versailles gown brought the city’s Palace opulence to life. The other styles were as beautiful as the cities they represented. Click to see collection, available for brides-to-be for fall 2014.
Naeem Khan‘s spring/summer 2014 collection was inspired by Frida Kahlo, with warm reds, extravagant beading and layers of lace. But the real kicker was when the designer surprised on-lookers when the mood changed, the lights dimmed, the music softened—and a bride (complete with a lace veil and bouquet of red roses) walked down the aisle-slash-runway in a look from his new bridal collection, launching October. “This is the first time that you’re going to see a bridal piece from me,” Khan told InStyle.com beforehand. “I’m closing my [Spring 2014] collection as I’m launching my first bridal collection.” Talk about busy!
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Jennifer Hudson (in Ungaro) and Brittany Snow (in Naeem Khan) attended the world premiere of Lifetime’s special five-part film series Call Me Crazy: A Five Film last night in Los Angeles. The series of five shorts, each directed by and starring different personalities, focus on different scenarios of what happens to the loved ones of people coping with mental illness. ”I wanted to be a part of it because I felt like making awareness about mental illness is important,” Hudson told reporters. “But also working with Jennifer Aniston [who also stars]. We were in talks about working together on a couple of projects and this is the start of that for us. I love her. It’s like, ‘Cool. I like this.’ It must be a Jennifer thing.” The films premiere on Lifetime this Saturday, April 20, at 8/7c. Click the photo to see more celebrities partying this week!
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Our favorite looks this week—plucked from our Look of the Day section—were all sorts of magical, from the Oscars to Oz. Nina Dobrev feted the Oscars in a black and white Naeem Khan gown, InStyle cover girl Mila Kunis brought the drama in a custom Atelier Versace design, Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence had an epic night in Dior Haute Couture, Miranda Kerr shined at Victoria’s secret in a sunny dress and ankle-strap Brian Atwood heels, and Michelle Williams walked the yellow brick road in the London wearing a feathered Burberry Prorsum bustier dress. Who do you think was best-dressed this week? Vote below! More
One of the biggest moments at tonight’s Academy Awards was when the First Lady of the United States appeared via video feed from the Governors Ball in Washington, D.C. to announce Argo, the winner for Best Picture. Ever an icon of classical but on-trend style, Michelle Obama stayed true to form in a dark, glittering sleeveless gown by Naeem Khan. The custom-made smoke grey and silver art deco beaded gown’s square neckline paired well with Michelle’s dangling Sutra Silver at Fragments earrings, which highlighted her new fringe. Along with shades of pastel, glittering metallics marked one of the biggest trends of the night—we saw it on Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, and Nicole Kidman too.
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The Academy Awards are not only a huge night for those nominated, but also for the designers who dress them! During New York Fashion Week, we asked designers to tell us which gowns from their fall 2013 collections they’d love to see on the Oscars’ red carpet, and all of them were quick to give us their top picks. “I’m sure any designer would love to have a great Oscars moment!” Christian Siriano told InStyle.com when we caught up with him backstage at his show. “There are so many actresses that I love and support.” Indeed! Click through to see the exact gowns Siriano, plus (from left to right) Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, and more picked—and keep your eyes on our red carpet coverage, starting this Sunday at 6 pm, to see what Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and all the other nominees choose to wear for their big night!
Naeem Khan had some of his biggest fans sitting front row at his fall 2013 runway show—and they just so happen to be Mr. and Mrs. Matt Damon. The actor, fresh off launching his World Water Day campaign, did not hold back on his supportive feelings for his pal’s handiwork, emphatically clapping, cheering, and smiling as each look passed him by. “Wow, this is amazing!” we saw him say to his wife, particularly about the final three crystal-covered slip and column gowns, shown above. “It’s lots of details, things molded to the body, and luxurious materials,” Khan told InStyle.com before the show of his opulent creations that caused jaw-dropping reactions. “We’re using pearls and crystals. Even the laces from France are amazing and the embroideries are each done by hand with silk threads and gold threads.” We can see why it was worth the wow!
Plus, see other stars who sat front row at New York Fashion Week.
As summer transitions into fall, there’s one silhouette celebrities keep reaching for—the ultra-deep V. “I’m always trying to push the boundaries,” Jenna Dewan-Tatum told InStyle.com of her Naeem Khan look at the designer’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week. “Everyone always tries to hold me back, like, ‘Jen, be a little bit more closed.’ This is my nice happy medium.” Zoe Saldana (in Gucci), Nicole Richie (in Maria Lucia Hohan), Lea Michele (in Emilio Pucci), and Malin Akerman (in J. Mendel) seem to agree, all wearing their own interpretations of the exposed look in the past two weeks. “The deep V is a tricky look to pull off but it really plays to proportion and lengthens the body,” celebrity stylist Taylor Jacobson, who dresses Kate Beckinsale and Ashley Benson, told InStyle.com. Her tip: “Make sure to try on before you buy, and stick to delicate jewelry pieces to keep the look classy.” (You’ll notice each of the stars above are necklace-free, hint hint.) Dewan-Tatum also suggests walking out the door with some extra confidence. “You just have to work it,” she said. “Just own it. It doesn’t matter what your shape is. Everyone can wear a version of this and feel comfortable.” Inspired yet? Go for it!
See the other skin-baring trend, thigh-high slits!
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