Awards season is just around the corner, and that means red-carpet ace Naeem Khan
is on the grind, fielding special requests while cranking out a pre-fall collection befitting his celeb-heavy clientele. Khan described the lineup as a continuation of his splashy Spring show, but the vibe here was subdued by comparison—a bit more old Hollywood. It should be a hit at the box office. Buyers have reportedly already been swooning over a powder blue chiffon dress made in tribute to Ginger Rogers and a sand-colored caftan with clustered sequins that looked perfect for Elizabeth Taylor circa 1976. The designer gets a kick out of combining new world technology with old world techniques. So he will, for example, take strips of laser-cut leather and sew them by hand onto a no-frills black shift (he's looking to build up his daywear business). Speaking of hands-on, a long gown with complicated crystal beading and a marabou skirt took his team of 30 a week to make.