"I love showing on the last day of New York, because I feel like it's the finale," Naeem Khan said before presenting his Spring collection this afternoon. The designer's decadent lineup neatly punctuated a week that was full of over-the-top colors, fabrics, and prints. Khan was peacocking in his usual fashion today, meaning that these dresses, which you'll likely see on a red carpet soon, took a reported 600 pairs of hands to make.

Edith Head (Khan rubbed elbows with the famed costume designer a few times when he worked at Halston) and Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa were the muses behind this collection. It was easy to imagine a modern starlet wearing the long-sleeve gown with "scratched feather beading" that gave the appearance of cracked ice. Ditto the demure, white cocoon-shaped number with spare sunburst beading. These were sleeker and more realistic than some of the voluminous ball-gown silhouettes and magpie embellishments that were also shown here. Khan was happy to report backstage that business was up 30 percent this year, and considering the current cutthroat economy, it's encouraging to see the designer thrive in a niche market.