Some designers simply evoke a sense of walking into sparkles.
Naeem Khan, committed to dressing up some of the most fashionable women in the world in their dazzling, literally starry runway and red carpet gowns, is one such person, with embellishments and appliques aplenty at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Since his clients typically want excessive glamor, evident from previous shows, its what he showcased in his new collection, with every outfit literally sprinkled with a spoonful of sequins.
Redefining cocktail attire for the millennial generation, this season there were many more harem pants, tracksuits, cropped blazers and jackets, all sequined and bedazzled for a cocktail soiree or a runway ready look. My favorites embodied sequins in trigonometric prints and an ethnic gota print on another.
The message of diversity was prevalent through not just the choice of models, but also the geographical inspirations. There were Italian fabrics, Spanish hats and ruffles, Peruvian handiwork, capes like kimonos, shawls with Mexican style floral prints, salwars from India and Pakistan, and much more that created a melting pot of colorful, textural and flamboyant designs. The gowns came in radiant colors of the entire rainbow spectrum, with juxtaposed designs of pearl embroidery, gold leaf prints, mirror embroidery, and visibly chunky embroidery.
Capes in particular made a comeback, with floor length drapes making each girl a princess, or cropped shoulder ones to elevate the duchess in them all. Juxtaposed very quickly with athletic wear, still sequined aplenty, but made more palatable for the millennial girl.
With an irreplaceable style, I wandered out from the shows, snapped in my classic feline fetishes that were my own rendition of excess. After all, the city is not a concrete jungle but a human zoo.