Naeem Khan FW23 Collection: Designer Naeem Khan pens a dazzling love letter to his treasured homeland through his eponymous brand’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection “To India My Love.” The intimate runway was held in Khan’s own atelier and features the signature East-meets-West glam we’ve come to expect from Khan, with golden metallics, sequined marigold leopard prints, and delicately draped luxe sheers reminiscent of traditional Indian lehenga couture silhouettes in a meaningful homage.
Naeem Khan FW23 Collection held in his own intimate atelier in the heart of the fashion district in New York City on September 12, Naeem Khan’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection at New York Fashion Week debuted shining designs in an explosion of warm tones and sequined textiles for the new season. This season’s showcase is a love letter from Khan to his homeland of India, playing upon the marriage of Eastern and Western themes and titled “To India My Love.” Such a personal setting as of his home atelier felt especially appropriate for this meaningful homage, and the runaway was accordingly intimate yet expectedly luxe. Exuberant golden marigold columns reached from floor to ceiling throughout the room, and equally vibrant yellow gift bags from upscale Korean skincare brand D’Alba Piedmont sat in sunny rows for front row guests and friends of the brand.
Khan brings a unique sense of cultural-inspired glitz and glamor to Fashion Week season after season, and the new collection most certainly does not disappoint! Drawing inspiration from the vibrant tapestries and intricate craftsmanship details of India, the designer invites us to experience the intersection of diversity and beauty within Indian culture, alongside the tradition and innovation found within couture design.
Naeem Khan FW23 collection saw more of Khan’s signature sleek silhouettes and glimmering luxury textiles, relying not on extraneous or superfluous details, but rather on the simplicity of well-executed and elevated design. The House of Khan consistently employs some of the most opulent fabrics in the world for each stunning look, often making use of miniature scale-like sequins, hand-embroidered beading, and high-quality crystalline appliques. A special standout for Spring/Summer 2024 is an eye-catching standout jumpsuit set in golden and black sequined leopard print, overlaid by sheer black tulle that brushed from shoulders down to floor. The design clearly came as a contemporary take on a traditional three-piece lehenga, with its daring use of a skin tight pant in place of a skirt, tiny cropped top, and elegantly draped fabric.
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Lehenga- and sari-inspired nods such as this were apparent throughout Khan’s homage to Eastern and Indian culture from across the world in the West, as these updated silhouettes made recurrent appearances throughout the runway collection. Head to toe glittering textiles came reminiscent of Eastern couture garments, bringing Khan’s signature New York sexiness and glam with a contemporary update on traditional shapes. Open backs and elegantly draped fabrics were omnipresent, with a fresh spin on expected cuts. A floor-length celestial black and silver starscape design was dotted with sequins like a night sky on breathily sheer dark tulle. Bold one-shoulder gold and silver column gowns were covered head to toe in three-dimensional metallic appliques. A shimmering rose gold evening gown wrapped a lithe model’s head in a sequined hood with long sleeves, spilling pink lotuses (India’s national flower) delicately across her body and down from her shoulder to her hip.
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The collection as a whole served as a beautiful and meaningful homage to Khan’s homeland that clearly displayed his love for India’s unique culture and vibrant energy. Bringing life to his designs, each look from the designer felt like a love letter filled with paragraphs of lived experience, social identity, and admiration for its beauty. In keeping with Khan’s house signatures, the looks were both inherently identifiable and timelessly versatile.
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His learned “ethos of modern restraint” and “the craft of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant, and timeless silhouette” are apparent, and the designer lets his luxury textiles and sophisticated design speak for themselves in each namesake look. Naeem Khan continues to perform and lead the perfect marriage ceremony of Eastern and Western identity through fashion, and we anticipate the eponymous brand to remain at the forefront of innovative and striking contemporary cross-continental couture for any upscale event.
Designer: Naeem Khan @naeemkhannyc
Publication: Resident Digital @residentdigital
Writer: Laur Weeks @laur.weeks
Photographer: Charles Barnes @charles.l.barnes
Production: John Martinez @johnmartinezproductions
Stylist: Anna Katsanis @annakatsanis
Hair: Jon Reyman @jonreymanhair using Aveda products @aveda
Makeup: Georgi Sandev @georgisandev
Skincare/Sponsor: D’Alba Piedmont @dalba_global
Shoes: Alexandre Birman @alexandrebirman
Undergarments: Commando @wearcommando
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