December 17, 2009 New York
Further proof of the power of MObama: Naeem Khan was the third most searched-for name on Google the week after the First Lady wore his strapless gold gown to November's White House state dinner. The sudden attention could ruffle a less experienced designer, but Khan seems to be basking in the attention: The eveningwear he showed for pre-fall was his most assured in recent memory. "It's a sexy Moulin Rouge!-meets-Nine feel," the designer said of the richly textured pieces, which included a cocktail frock beaded in a chevron pattern, a black wool-cashmere caftan with a jewel-embellished neckline, and dresses trimmed in paillettes overlaid with marabou. The effect was youthful and fresh, but not so young as to veer into Gossip Girl territory. Perfect for, say, a certain Beltway-residing fan.
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