The joyful mood and happy feelings of Fashion Week designer Naeem Khan clearly presented in an amazing show for his new SS14 collection, "Madrid to Buenos Aires,'' at the Lincoln Center. The work of the designer - it is art. Khan dresses everyone from Hollywood stars on the red carpet to first lady Michelle Obama. He usually expresses tender love for his native country of India, but his new collection centered on the romance and vibrant colors embedded in Latin culture - red, orange, yellow, coral, gold.
The Spanish Rose, a symbol of love and beauty, plays an integral role throughout the collection. You can find the elements of the rose in several shades and hues using various techniques of embroidery like in red/nude flared dresses, and a floral illusion gown in tulle. Naeem offered chiffon, organza, and hand-made silk–corded looks as a modern take on the Spanish Mantilla. A collection of delicate Chantilly lace gowns, georgette peasant blouses, intricate beaded embroideries, and light silhouettes came together in homage to the elegance of Latin culture.
There were also a number of party-ready cocktail dresses: a gathered, trumpet-shaped taffeta skirt, menagerie-beaded mini, a hand-painted, abstract striped strapless gown, and a metallic gold applique, off-the-shoulder halter gown with a crystal beaded bodice. A woman in Naeem Khan is a confident superstar - chic, elegant, and not afraid to express herself. As always, Khan presented a very unobtrusive and fabulous runwayshow. Delightful scenery from living plants resembling the tropical jungles of Argenina combined perfectly matched modern music from Chromatics by Nu-Mode´ favorite DJ Chelsea Leyland.
Hair by Sally Hershberger was neatly stacked into headband braids - a traditional Mexican hairstyle a-la Frida Kahlo. Make up was done by James Boehmer and styling by Kate Young, models wore Christian Louboutin shoes. The show ended with bridal attire - an amazing, ivory, wild rose-embroidered wedding gown in organza, with an open neck and short sleeves. The dress was worn with a chapel-length veil of degrade windblown roses, the symbol of eternal love.
Nu-Mode´ Coverage Vera Shaban
Photography Robert Mitra