December 07, 2011 New York
Awards season is boom time for Naeem Khan, whose celebrity clientele drives his business. So the designer is very deliberate when it comes to filling his pre-fall lineup with evening gowns that will rack up the red-carpet credits. Khan didn't want to jinx himself by calling out which starlets in particular he'd like to outfit this year, but there were enough glam looks here to satisfy a large swath of A-listers. You could imagine the sub-20-year-old set wearing his slinky Halston-esque dresses with allover sparkles; ditto goes for the petal-colored number with a deep V, mixed sequins, and black "scratches of beads." A more demure dame might opt for the lustrous long-sleeved gown with "oyster wave" beading. Khan does have the occasional tendency to go a little too over-the-top (see: the voluminous looks in a blown-up, ferocious tiger print that might swallow a woman whole). But then again, if anyone knows the lengths these Hollywood stars are willing to go to in order to land in Us Weekly, it's him.
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