Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Gabriela is a non-native New Yorker who travels the world to understand why people wear what they wear and how. She is an independent fashion reporter, trend chaser, and self-proclaimed beatnik.

Naeem Khan Marries Distant Influences in New Bridal Collection

Naeem Khan Looks to Create Timelessly Modern Looks for Spring 2017

A quiet intensity filled the room, aided by the start of the soundtrack and driven by the excitement of the audience, as we awaited the start of Naeem Khan’s Spring 2017 bridal show. The lights temporarily dimmed just to raise the excitement a tad, and then began the most elegant expression of passion for modern bridalwear today.

Look after look, Khan’s gowns brought gasps to onlookers as romance was defined, redefined, and tradition flipped on its head just a bit. These new ideas were found in new and exciting shapes, as well as unthinkable styles for a bride-to-be. Even a flapper emerged in an of-the-moment fringe lame cocktail dress, marrying times past with present.

Even a flapper emerged in an of-the-moment fringe lame cocktail dress.

The Presentation

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(Photos by Dan Leccca.)

A significant art deco influence shone through, similar to Khan’s Fall 2016 RTW inspiration. The clean lines, no-fuss silhouettes, and silent glamour made it feel like watching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s bride Zelda amongst the models. For about four looks in a row, it felt like a high society parade of debutantes from the ’20s marching along, donning crystal headpieces. A sort of timelessness prevailed.

It was like watching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s brida Zelda.

One particular look, a cocktail dress/legging combination, really challenged tradition with its stylized mix of art deco and floral enchantment-exuding appliqués. The crystal-encrusted leggings especially looked as though they were wearable for a fashionable occasion way after the wedding.

The crystal-encrusted leggings could be worn way after the wedding.

Up Close

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(Photos by Gabriela Billini.)

The collection included halter tops, kaftans, and capes, for “brides maintaining varying levels of conservatism,” said Khan. “There’s something for everyone.”

Where most other bridal shows are naturally monochromatic, color was an interesting factor in Khan’s show. A couple of dresses contained hints of lilac and blush pinks, while others — such as the Doha and Monterrey dresses — had a dominating pop of color to the traditional white and ivory. The closing gown, a nod to Havana, was completely black, though extremely traditional in silhouette, volume, and veil.

All-in-all, Naeem’s collection managed to incorporate his wide of range of influences in a collection that will appeal to a variety of modern brides.

Although you may not be a celebrity (yet!), you can still join Naeem’s exclusive clientele on your wedding day: and have pictures several decades later to prove it.


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