"Don't experiment like crazy, make classic things, and hang in there," said Naeem Khan
, describing his strategy for besting the recession. However sensible, that policy could lead to clothes that are too safe, but that wasn't the case here. The nighttime specialist took some steps into daywear, showing lots of embellished cashmeres with ladylike full skirts in lamé and matelassé. And when it came to evening, Khan deployed his signature flash inventively. There were a few of his allover sequined dresses, but he also used hand-shredded appliqués to create wallet-friendly alternatives. Meanwhile, a navy strapless gown with black and white embellishments was a knockout.