June 06, 2012 New York
Naeem Khan opened a new door when he began introducing more daywear into his repertoire for Resort '12. Since then, retailers haven't been able to keep the designer's linen shift dresses and embroidered peasant blouses in stock. Clearly Khan has a lot of fans and would-be customers who can't necessarily afford (or borrow) the over-the-top gowns they see starlets wearing on the red carpets but still want a piece of their own. For Resort, he listened to feedback and showed safari-inspired shirtdresses in an original sunflower digital print (admittedly, he's a tad late on this trend, but the result was still beautiful), as well little cashmere T-shirts and clean, cuffed walking shorts that are more accessible than his usual fare. But fear not, bling lovers, there's still plenty of sparkle to go around. The heavily beaded flapper gowns and caftans in this lineup were signature Khan. And the designer even echoed the unforgettable custom cape he made for Linda Fargo's Met Ball appearance (with the image of Neptune's fountain done in gold sequins) on a short-sleeved sweater. It nicely illustrated the more approachable yet still decadent direction Khan is heading in. We'd love to see someone like Chloë Moretz pair that with the editorial duchesse bloomers here.
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