Naeem Khan's Fall 2012 collection is inspired by the decadence and dust of India. The wind shed dust along the way, leaving us only with black, gold, silver and white decadence. Runway lights bounced off body-hugging dresses embellished with glass mirror pieces. One-shoulder frocks with big bows balanced film star glamour with frolic. Like Reem Acra's Fall 2012 collection, this one too was made with exclusive occasions in mind.
The Indian inspirations (most notably paisley patterns and tilakas - Khan said in a recent interview that designing the collection began with a single dot) were translated to garments through several ancient artistic techniques used on bodies and textiles. I think preserving old techniques in an age when modern techniques have taken over is tremendously important because it ensures that these branches of fashion, as well as people's knowledge and skills, won't go extinct. When they get recognized globally, at a major fashion week, so much better.
Naeem Khan was the first show at New York Fashion Week, not only this season but in general, where I had a seat, so I was very excited to snap photos of it:
I declared this the best possible Valentine's Day gift.