If you've ever dreamed of winning an Oscar, Naeem Khan's Fall 2013 probably has the dress to complete your fantasy. Rich with opulent details, but modern sex appeal — like stunning open backs — Naeem draws from the illustrations of 1920's Êrte and the all-out grandeur of the Byzantine empire, crafting gowns fit truly for red-carpet royalty. It's a collection that again proves some designers may own the contemporary market, but Khan's domain is the jaw-dropping kind of wear. He delivers both shimmering confections — long-sleeved gowns covered in sequins with sexy open backs (that would make any bombshell happy) — but also silhouettes with more regal elegance. Not any less showstopping, but these dresses are done up with high collars, keyhole necklines, and the most intricate all-over prints and embellishments. Click through to live out your red-carpet fantasies with our favorite gowns from Fall 2013.
Nicole Richie veered away from her usual darker fare on the Golden Globes red carpet, slipping into something periwinkle-hued instead. Her floor-length embroidered Naeem Khan gown fit her like a glove, and while it certainly proved a more modest choice, the Fashion Star judge's formfitting silhouette still injected some serious sex appeal. Her blue eyeliner, slick Old Hollywood waves, and chain-tasseled black clutch rounded out her feminine ensemble with just a hint of edge and polish. What do you think of Nicole's red-carpet choice?Vote on all of our Golden Globe Awards polls here!
We've come to know Naeem Khan for his glamorous gowns, but today's Spring '13 showing also highlighted the designer's expansion into sleek daywear. From embroidered pants to wave-print shiftdresses, the designer has mastered all aspects of day-to-night dressing using Moroccan influences and bold patterns. Light and flouncy dresses showed sunset prints and oversize rose patterns, leather made its way onto bustiers, and satin jackets looked effortlessly elegant. Meanwhile, the designer's selection of gowns showed off intricate embroidery details on exotic bright-hued silk gowns — we couldn't take our eyes off the beautiful beaded red cocoon-shaped gown. All together, a stunning collection that received a much-deserved standing ovation from the audience for the beloved designer.
- Trends: Embellishment/beading, global references, bold prints, leather, embellished pants.
- Colors: Yellow, blue, navy, black, nude, coral, orange, red.
- Key Piece: The red embroidered cocoon dress was simply magical.
- Accessories: Patent ankle-wrap heels, flat leather sandals, metallic headbands, exotic stacked bracelets.
- Who Should Wear It: Ladies who want to make a shining red-carpet statement like Kate Beckinsale and front-row attendee Padma Lakshmi.
At Naeem Khan (upper left) and Rachel Comey (lower left), flirty eyeliner played well with these twists. But for the former, Bumble and bumble's Laurent Philippon opted for a "slouchy" style, making sure the tousled look wasn't too "hairdresser-y," and for the latter, models' looks were similar, but finished with a more polished touch. As for Thakoon (upper right), Kérastase's Odile Gilbert looked to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration, creating a style that incorporated faux bangs in the front. And at Lela Rose (bottom right), celebrity stylist Ted Gibson also toyed around with fringe-line detailing, forming an eye-catching roll off to the side. What's not to love? So come on little miss . . . and do the twist.
With the Oscars at the end of the month, Naeem Khan's gorgeously crafted red-carpet wear couldn't have come at a better time. Head-to-toe sparkle, full-length prints, embellished pants — Khan's wildly beautiful Fall '12 confections are begging to be worn right now. Beginning with an essentially ethnic-inspired feel, Khan sent ornately crafted tunic-style dresses and gowns down the runway that spoke decidedly to his native India. But, cinched at the waist with lovely black bows, these tunics are both somewhat exotic and at the same time steeped in classic red-carpet glamour. It's that wow factor that registers, the luxuriousness of it all, the decadence that unfolds in all-over sparkle, fringe trim, and jaw-dropping silhouettes. Showstoppers are Khan's bread and butter — in fact, it was hard not to audibly ohh and ahh with nearly every ensemble's turn down the runway. That's not to say you tire of the effect — you're captivated. It's not just the exotic detail, the texture, or the shine, it's how Khan masters the cut. Necklines and slits are sexy but never reveal too much; fringe and beading are used abundantly, but it never feels over-the-top. It's how Khan's mastered the art of razzle-dazzle with perfect allure.
- Trends: Textured, embellished eveningwear; ethnic-feeling robe- and tunic-style gowns; dramatic black and white prints.
- Colors: Black, white, silver, gold.
- Key Piece: The gold full-length v-neck gown is begging for a red-carpet appearance.
- Accessories: Open-toe cutout ankle boots, peep-toe pumps, ankle-strap heels.
- Who Would Wear It: Hollywood A-listers and Oscar contenders like front-rower Ahna O'Reilly; beauties like Zoe Saldana and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would carry off these gowns flawlessly.
If you're looking for a runway look to copy now, but you want something that's neither too ordinary nor too avant-garde, let Naeem Khan's Fall 2012 eye makeup be your inspiration. Using Italian actress Monica Vitti as a muse, James Boehmer, Nars director of global artistry, painted on precise, sharp liner for a "pushed up and quirky" finish.
For the SAG Awards, Naya Rivera complemented her sleek and simple beaded Naeem Khan gown with long, loose curls and a radiant smile. The Glee beauty emoted simple elegance with her look, opting for a natural makeup palette consisting of a glossy lip and a little bit of brown eyeshadow. A dazzling diamond bracelet, statement ring, and drop earrings complete her ensemble — what's your call?Vote on all of our SAG Awards polls here!
Julianna Margulies looked elegant in a shimmery form-fitting purple gown by Naeem Khan at the Golden Globes. While the front looked chic and modest, the actress showed some skin in the back with an eye-catching cutout detail. Take note of how a pair of gorgeous green statement earrings adds contrast against her royal-hued gown. On the beauty front, Julianna swooped her hair back in a sleek ponytail and completed the look with muave lipstick and bold brows.Vote on all of our Golden Globe Awards polls here!
Naeem Khan's gorgeous gowns have been spotted all over the red carpet, and we're sure you can see why. His designs are always beautiful, flattering, and impeccably made. Lucky for us, there's more reason to love him now that he just released his new Timeless Naeem Khan faux fur collection in collaboration with HSN today. We've seen the collection in person, and believe us, each piece exudes luxe — without a guilty conscience. That said, we chatted with the designer to talk about his new line, what he thought about Lady Gaga wearing his beautiful dress, and what's on the top of his holiday wish list. Hint: it has something to do with watches, wine, and traveling.
FabSugar: Tell us about the new Timeless faux fur collection.
Naeem Khan: Hollywood glamour was my inspiration. I just wanted to design something timeless, hence the name of the collection, and clean. The fur itself is really tremendous because it's the only fur that is actually woven and not knitted. A lot of the fake fur you see are coming from China and they're knitted. This collection is made in France and it's totally luxurious.
FS: What celebrities did you have in mind when creating the collection?
NK: It's not just one celebrity I had in mind but I was thinking about old Greta Garbo. When you look at her things, some of her coats were so luxurious with their oversized shape and collars. It's very glamorous and what you think of Hollywood in the '40s and '50s.
FS: Lady Gaga looked amazing in your dress at the New Delhi press conference. What was your reaction when you saw her wearing your gown?
NK: She looked like music royalty. It was so fantastic to see Lady Gaga, who is so talented and out there in her way of styling, to choose something so elegant and give a whole twist to her being. It shows you that Lady Gaga has so many shapes to herself. She looked so chic; she looked like Audrey Hepburn.
It's rare that one can buy an Oscar dress as seen on the red carpet, but that's exactly what you can do with Rhea Durham's Naeem Khan gown. The wife of Mark Wahlberg wore this beauty with a bevy of gold accessories — strappy sandals, drop earrings, and a hard clutch. Shop the exact dress, with everything else, now.