September 14, 2011 New York
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.