Indian American designer Naeem Khan, who participated in a series of bridal shows in New York recently, aimed at dressing the global bride. He also spoke out about the political situation in today’s times.
During the recent round of bridal shows in New York, Khan staged a runway show in his cozy garment district atelier, complete with huge disco balls and a dance party at the end with models dressed in minis sparkly with gold and silver sequins and crystals.
Other looks by Khan were intended to please all his brides, from Japan to Dubai, New York to Nebraska.
Khan embraced his global bride in opulent and edgy looks with dramatic lace capes and shoulder bows with long fluttery ends to the floor, only these models walked to `60s standards like the counterculture Buffalo Springfield hit penned by Stephen Stills known for this line: “I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”
When the slow walkers disappeared, the party began with a finale of dancing models in metallic beads, fringe and ostrich trim that put a smile on Khan’s face as he greeted guests on his front row.
“We need a party to change our minds from all this craziness of what’s going on in America,” he told The Associated Press in a backstage interview.
Khan apprenticed for Halston in the `70s, working with Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor. He’s also tight with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, whom he dressed often. He wanted to say something about today’s times under President Donald Trump.
“I feel that we are going on a journey with our political situation where it doesn’t look very right, and we don’t have strong leaders who can really take the bull by the horns and make things happen. We’re still divided,” he said. “All the music is from the time when it was Vietnam, it was rebellion. We got the music to say we are part of what’s going on right now.”
Khan finds brides a challenge because, he said, “brides always think of themselves in a certain way,” usually princesses.
“Each dress is important on its own. It’s not one story like ready to wear. You have to really create a collection that caters to all different women of the world,” he said.